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Internet personality and former “Dancing With The Stars” contestant Hayes Grier has been accused of viciously beating a man so severely during a robbery that it caused brain damage and hearing loss.
Grier, 21, was arrested Friday on three outstanding warrants for assault causing serious bodily injury, robbery and felony conspiracy by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a violent robbery June 26, according to court documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
Authorities said Grier—who appeared on the popular reality competition “Dancing With The Stars” in 2015 at the age of 15—has been accused of assaulting a Charlotte resident and stealing his $1,200 iPhone, according to warrants in the case obtained by Oxygen.com.
The victim suffered a broken left orbital bone, brain damage, bruised ribs, bleeding from the back of the head, swelling behind his left ear and loss of hearing in his left ear, the sheriff’s office said.
Authorities said in the warrants that Grier, whose address was listed in California, “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously” conspired to carry out the alleged violence with another man, identified in the documents as Luke Foushee.
It’s not clear whether Foushee has been taken into custody in connection with the case.
Grier rose to fame through the now-shuttered social media website, Vine, and has continued to have a significant following on social media in recent years.
Grier, who had been the youngest person to compete on "Dancing With The Stars" at the time, finished in eighth place, People reports.
His brother, Will Grier, is a backup quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.
Grier was released from jail after posting $17,500 in bail, according to The Charlotte Observer. He was slated to appear in court on Monday morning.
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