Leave it to a social media sensation to somehow flip a story about his felony assault charges into an internet joke session around his mug shot.
Cameron Dallas was arrested on a felony charge of second-degree assault on Saturday, police in Aspen, Colorado said in a press release. He reportedly broke another man’s nose after hitting him in the face.
An ambulance was called to the Hyatt Residences Grand Aspen at around 5 a.m. to treat an unidentified man who was bleeding from facial injuries he’d sustained.
The alleged victim told police that he’d been assaulted. Authorities later took Dallas, who was staying at the same hotel at the time, into custody.
Aspen Police Sgt. Rick Magnuson confirmed to The Aspen Times that Dallas was arrested and charged over the alleged face-breaking incident.
Dallas was released after posting $5,000 bond and is due to return to court on Jan. 22, police said.
After being released, Dallas took to Twitter on Monday and did what people like him do best: He used social media to influence the conversation surrounding the episode through shareable — which in most cases means humorous — content. Dallas rose to fame using the now defunct Vine app, and he has since built a considerable fanbase via YouTube and Netflix, which produces the docu-series in which he stars, “Chasing Cameron.”
In a tweet, Dallas suggested to his 16 million followers his arrest was a matter of self-defense.
“Unfortunately sometimes in life you find yourself in a situation where you have to protect yourself and the people you care about, have a safe and happy new year, 2019 is going to be an amazing one,” he wrote.
The text, however, appeared to be completely overshadowed by the booking photo that accompanied it. The picture shows the 24-year-old internet personality clad in neon orange prison garments and flashing a knowing smirk.
Dallas has seemingly succeeded in getting his followers to focus solely on his silly prison portrait rather than the whole felony assault thing the photo stems from.
The shot has been retweeted more than 6,600 times and has received 60,000 favorites. Further, a parsing of the comments posted below the tweet indicates what’s on people’s minds: “His smile says ‘yep I did it, watcha gonna do.’ Haha love you Cam;” “Ah now more attracted now that he has a mugshot (sic);” “I’m making this a t-shirt the caption and everything.”
Dallas also shared his mugshot on Instagram, where the photo garnered more than one million likes in a matter of days.
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