Teen boys and girl in Mississippi charged in ‘horrific’ sexual assault on a young woman streamed live on Facebook
Teen girl and her male accomplices charged in ‘horrific’ Facebook Live sexual assault, in Mississippi
Haleigh Alexis Hudson, 19, surrendered late Wednesday, charged with felony kidnapping and sexual assault.
Ezzie Johnson, 17, and Kadari Fabien Booker, 17, were arrested hours later
Johnson charged with felony kidnapping
Booker charged with felony kidnapping and sexual assault
Johnson, allegedly recorded the sexual and physical assault of a 23-year-old woman at Hudson’s home before posting it online. He will be charged as an adult
The video as “gut wrenchingly horrific” has been removed from Facebook
One version of it had been shared more than 1,500 times with more than 84,000 views as of Thursday
Two suspects, Johnson and Hudson, knew the victim prior to the alleged assault
Bond for Hudson set at $400,000, Johnson’s bond was set at $200,000. For Booker, bond was set at $500,000
Gulfport cops believe Ezzie Johnson, 19, recorded the attack and distributed it online. The original video was removed, but other versions have since been shared thousands of times.
“Once again we are witnessing the dark side of social media,” Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said during a press conference on Wednesday. “I can’t help but be disturbed by the incredible number of shares and views of this crude and despicable event.”
Facebook user Tiffany Hailey said she saw the attack as it happened online.
Haleigh Hudson can be seen in the video whaling away at the hapless victim
“I’m looking at the time date and stamp on it and this is happening right now,” she told the Clarion-Ledger. “You see it escalating.”
Hailey told the newspaper she did not contact the police, but she wanted to help the victim. She posted the video on her Facebook page with the message, “if you know this girl, please do help her. This is serious.”
“This is gut wrenchingly horrific,” Hailey said, according to the paper. “It’s really, really, bad.”
The alleged assault took place in Haleigh Alexis Hudson’s home. She has been charged with sexual battery and kidnapping.
The stomach-churning video of the beating, remains in circulation,
It was taken after Hudson and Johnson allegedly forced the 23-year-old victim to perform oral sex on a man as she kneeled on the floor of a bathroom of Hudson’s home on Tuesday night.
As others watched, they egged her on to continue despite her telling them she was ready to go home, according to The Clarion Ledger which viewed the footage in full before it was removed.
When the assault was over, the group moved to a couch in the living room. There, Hudson and the others allegedly encouraged the victim to perform the act again to boost viewer numbers.
When she refused, Hudson started slapping her. The footage showing the incident in the bathroom has been entirely expunged from Facebook.
One video remains in circulation. It begins on the couches and shows the group tormenting the victim for more than a minute.
It shows Hudson slapping the 23-year-old woman repeatedly, urging her to fight while Johnson records the scene, pausing to view comments.
The much heavier Hudson dragged the woman to the floor by her hair, standing over her and hitting her in the head.
The unidentified victim can be heard crying and screaming on the tape. She tried to run for the door at one point but was stopped by the pair.
Kadari Fabien Booker was also charged with sexual battery and kidnapping
Ezzie Johnson seen crying in his mugsho,t taped and live streamed the assault on Facebook. He is charged with felony kidnappingz
The sexual assault took place Tuesday in suspect Haleigh Alexis Hudson’s apartment, according to cops. The attack appeared to take place in a bathroom.
Johnson, the 19-year-old Hudson and 17-year-old Kadari Fabien Booker were all charged with sexual battery and kidnapping.
Johnson has been charged with felony kidnapping. Both 17-year-olds will be tried as adults
Gulfport cops say more arrests may be coming.
All three are being held in the county jail. Bond for Hudson has been set at $400,000.Bond for Johnson is set at $200,000 while bond for Booker is set at $500,000.
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