Three people are arrested in connection to an sexual assault video which went live on Facebook. In the video a teenage girl and two teenage boys forced a woman to perform oral sex and broadcasting it on Facebook live.
After the video of the attack went viral the authorities arrested Hayleigh Alexis Hudson, 19, and 17-year-old Ezzie Johnson on Wednesday night.
Kadari Fabien Booker, 17, was also arrested. All three remain in Harrison County Jail of bonds of $400,000 and $500,000.
Till now the terrible footage has been viewed more than 47,000 times before it was taken down.
A video of the beating – not of the sexual assault – remains in circulation and can be seen below.
Hudson, 19, and Ezzie Johnson, 17, were arrested on Tuesday for sexual battery and kidnapping
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 stage, they left and the bathroom door was closed.
Clarion Ledger viewed the footage in full before it was removed, reported that Hudson then told the woman to open the door again to allow her in.
‘Unlock the door real quick. You don’t have to stop just open the door. I need to get something,’ she said.
Kabien Booker, 17, was also arrested on the same charges
When the bathroom door was opened, the victim and the man she was performing the sex act comes out of the bathroom and went to the living room to sit with the others.
Then the group started harassing her, forcing her to perform oral sex for money and told her to do it again so that more people would tune in to their Facebook broadcast.
The victim refused to do so then another man asked if she was ready to go home. She replied ‘yes’ but Hudson allegedly chimed in: ‘She ain’t going home until her throat swells up’.
In the footage the next portion of the incident was captured which shown above. It includes Hudson approaching the woman, demanding that they ‘fight’.
After the alleged sexual assault, the group returned from the bathroom to the living room where Hudson was filmed beating the victim and goading her to ‘fight’
The victim cried and screamed as others chanted and encouraged Hudson to continue hitting her
She was then assaulted by a woman who hit her in the head repeatedly and dragged her to the ground.
The others started chanting ‘don’t break it up, don’t break it up.’
She wailing and screaming, ran to the door to be allowed out of the home but was forced back to the room.
After 1 minute 37 seconds the video ends and concludes with the group still in the home.
Hudson was among the first to be arrested
The video came to police attention after scores had tuned in including one girl who wrote online: ‘This is gut-wrenchingly horrific. It’s really, really, bad.’
After the police noticed the video they arrived at the home at 11.46pm on Tuesday. Three of them were arrested on Wednesday night after police had reviewed the footage.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said he expected to make more arrests as the investigation continued.
‘Johnson is actually the one who memorialized these criminal acts by videotaping and distributing on Facebook Live.
‘We are also evaluating the actions of other people present in order to determine if other charges will be forthcoming, and I can tell you with certainty there will be,’ he said.
He angrily lamented the trend of broadcasting inappropriate content on Facebook – a phenomenon which has grown in popularity in recent years – and admonished anyone for tuning in.
Johnson (left) and Booker (right) are 17 but have both been charged as adults
The incident took place at Hudson’s apartment in this building in Gulfport, Mississippi, on Tuesday
‘Once again we are witnessing the dark side of social media.
‘These warrants demonstrate our belief about these three individuals and their criminal acts, however, I can’t help but be disturbed by the incredible number of shares and views of this crude and despicable event.
‘Not too long ago, we were up to 1,100 shares of that video and I think we’re around 48,000 views. It speaks loudly about our culture,’ he said.
Hudson and Johnson had their bond set at $400,000. Booker’s was set at $500,000.
Officers would not reveal why, saying only that a judge considered it an appropriate decision. Both of the 17-year-olds are being charged as adults.
When the news of Johnson and Hudson came out both of them deleted their social media accounts.