Fake News: Catch Me Outside Girl Danielle Bergoli NOT Arrested For Prostitution

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Several fake news sites are reporting the 'Cash me outside'/'Catch me outside' girl has been arrested for prostitution with an article titled '"CATCH ME OUTSIDE GIRL" DANIELLE BERGOLLI ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION'. This is not true.

First some context, from knowyourmeme.com:

On September 15th, 2016, The Dr. Phil Show YouTube channel uploaded a clip in which a 13-year-old girl named Danielle appears on the show with her mother, who has turned to Dr. Phil because Danielle is stealing cars. Tired of the audience laughing at her, she cries "Catch me outside, how about that?" The moment, shown in the video below, appears at about the 3:20 mark.

The 'Catch me outside' phrase was misheard by many as 'cash me outside' and it went instantly viral, spawning dozens of memes and parody videos.

Now Huzlers.com is reporting:

BOYNTON, FL - It is being reported that internet sensation Danielle Bregoli, also know as the "catch me outside girl" who appeared on the Dr. Phil show, has been arrested for prostitution.

Although appearing to be of older age, Danielle is only 13 years old. According to authorities, Danielle's mother could not locate where Danielle was. "A 13 year old girl should not be taking off away from home for that long and not telling her mother where she is", Barbara Bregoli told reporters. Worried for Danielle's whereabouts, decided to notify he authorities. With a search that lasted a short 2 hours, Boynton police found Danielle inside a small motel room with a 38 year old man, whose name will remain anonymous.

But anybody who knows Huzlers knows it is a fake news site. The site doesn't even make a secret of it: following disclaimer is posted at the bottom of every page:

Huzlers.com is the most notorious fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!

Not that we would consider accusing a 13 year old of prostitution very funny satire, but hey. At least you know it is fake now. Many people who saw the story on social media didn't get to see that disclaimer though and believed the story to be real enough to share, as the Trendolizer graph at the bottom of the article shows. If you see anyone who is spreading it, do send them here!

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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