Three teenagers are facing kidnapping and sexual assault charges in Mississippi for a “gut wrenchingly horrific” attack that went viral on Facebook Live.
*Warning: This story contains graphic material that could be disturbing.*
In the video, a female victim is forced into performing multiple sexual acts for a group in the room, mostly men. The female victim is then seen being beaten relentlessly by a female suspect. The graphic video was broadcast live on the internet through ‘Facebook Live,’ showing the disturbing sexual and physical assault over a 15-minute live stream.
Haleigh Alexis Hudson, 19, surrendered to police late Wednesday on charges of felony kidnapping and sexual assault. Two other suspects, Ezzie Johnson and Kadari Fabien Booker, both 17, were arrested hours later on charges of felony kidnapping and felony kidnapping and sexual assault, respectively, the Sun Herald reports.
Police were tipped off about the assault video Tuesday after it had gone viral, receiving around 48,000 views on Facebook. The video had initially been removed, but numerous other versions of the video are being shared online and we manage to get a raw footage from youtube.
The video begins with a male in a bathroom, and shows a female on the ground with her head between his lower legs. He and others in the background are telling her in common vernacular to perform oral sex on him.
At some point, the camera leaves the bathroom but then people are trying to get back in. A woman’s voice tells them to open the bathroom door.
“Unlock the door real quick. You don’t have to stop just open the door. I need to get something,” the woman says.
Hailey, who said she did not know anyone in the video, did not call police but instead reached out to the victim directly through Facebook.
She said she shared it to her page, asking her followers “if you know this girl, please do help her. This is serious.”
“This is gut wrenchingly horrific,” Hailey said. “It’s really, really, bad.”
When the bathroom door is opened, the man and the woman, who is identified by people on Facebook as having special needs, come out. She sits on the couch. Those gathered there begin to harass her about oral sex for money.
They try to get her to perform the sex acts on camera again to boost the views on the video.
She refuses, and a man asks her if she’s ready to go home, to which she says yes.
A female voice says, “She ain’t going home,” that she’s going to perform sex acts “until her throat swells up.”
After that exchange, they ask if she is ready to fight, at which time she is assaulted by a larger female who pushes and hits her in the head as she sits on the couch.
The female drags her off the couch and begins to punch her in the head. Those at the gathering cheer them on, with one person saying, “Don’t break it up, don’t break it up.”
After that goes on for some time, she can be seen sitting in the corner crying with her hands over her face, begging to be left alone.
The male with the camera stops to read the comments they were getting. Some urged them to leave the victim alone. One said, “That black girl didn’t even fight back. She gets no cool points.”
According to The Clarion-Ledger, the victim in the alleged assault has special needs. Papania said the claims will be investigated and said additional charges could come if the claims are substantiated.
Investigators believe Johnson and Hudson knew the victim prior to the incident.