On Saturday, August 5, popular content creator Kai Cenat was released from police custody and charged with inciting a riot and promoting an unlawful gathering.
The charges levied against the popular content creator stem from an incident that occurred on Friday, August 4. In an attempt to connect with his supporters, the New York native planned to give away electronics in Union Square. Not long after the announcement was made, thousands of people descended upon the location and chaos ensued. Dozens of videos shared via social media appear to show people in the area jumping on top of cars, disrupting traffic and damaging property. Ultimately, police say they arrested 65 people, including 30 juveniles. Several others were injured and four people were reportedly taken away in ambulances.
“We are deeply disheartened by the outbreak of disorderly conduct that affected innocent people and businesses, and do not condone that behavior,” a statement from Cenat’s video creation collective, AMP, reads.
“We apologize to all of those impacted. We are fully cooperating with local authorities.”
Cenat is expected to appear in court on August 18.