On Friday, July 30, Dancing With The Stars alum Hayes Grier was arrested in North Carolina for allegedly robbing and assaulting an individual.
Public documents reveal that the 21-year-old was detained on Friday in Charlotte. He faces three separate charges – felony conspiracy, common law robbery, and assault causing serious bodily injury.
The reality star’s fans were taken aback when the news surfaced. Many rushed to Twitter to express their shock at the alleged incident, while others began theorizing what could have happened.
Everything we know about Hayes Grier
Hayes, whose full name is Benjamin Hayes Grier, became famous as a creator on the now-defunct platform Vine back in 2013.
He also appeared on Dancing With The Stars season 21 in 2015, when he was only 15. He partnered with choreographer Emma Slate and was the youngest male contestant on the show.
Following his reality TV stint, he started creating videos on YouTube, where he has close to 900,000 subscribers now. He also has 5 million followers on Instagram, where popular celebrities like Dixie D’Amelio and Shawn Mendes follow him.
Hayes’ brother, Will Grier, plays as a backup quarterback for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. His younger brother, Nash, was also a popular Vine creator back in the day.
Thanks to Hayes’ internet fame, the Grier family bagged their own show which aired on the Verizon Go90 app. It was called Top Grier and ran for three seasons. Hayes also featured in the first season of the Hulu show Freakish.
DWTS alum’s arrest explored
Hayes from DWTS is accused of brutally assaulting an individual named William Markolf, who is said to have suffered a serious brain injury. The warrant obtained by TMZ also alleges that he stole the victim’s $1,200 cellphone.
The police report states that the assault left the victim with a broken left orbital bone, head trauma, bruised ribs, and hearing loss. The influencer is out on bail, at the moment, after posting a $17,500 bond. Neither Hayes nor his representative has publicly addressed the situation yet.
Fans react to star’s arrest
Hayes’ fans, who had followed his journey on the internet for years, were shocked at the news. Here’s how a few of them reacted on Twitter