Did singer Demi Lovato get the cops called on herself when she ran off without paying her dealer for heroin? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a notorious "fauxtire" site that makes up stories about bizarre crimes and weird sex acts and sometimes about celebrities gone bad. The story is not real.
There are some things that may not warrant a phone call to 911, and stolen heroin may be one of those things.
Hugo Rivera, 22, of south Los Angeles, called authorities, identified himself as a drug dealer and proceeded to report that Demi Lovato has just stolen $200 worth of heroin, A deputy responded to the scene, at which point Rivera told him that $200 heroin had been stolen from him he said he handed Lovato the heroin and she jumped into a car and sped away.
Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they may have mistaken the story for real news:
There are some things that may not warrant a phone call to 911, and stolen heroin may be one of those things. Hugo Rivera, 22, of south Los Angeles, called authorities, identified himself as a drug dealer and proceeded to report that Demi Lovato has just...
It is true that Lovato is currently in hospital, suffering from the effects of a heroin overdose:
Demi Lovato is experiencing "complications" and remains hospitalized following her apparent drug overdose, two sources close to the singer tell CNN.
But the dealer in the photo that went with the story is actually Rick Cohen, an 18-year-old "subdealer" in an Philadelphia drug case from 2014:
Authorities said Tuesday that they were able to foil an ambitious an effort to "take over" the drug trade at colleges and elite high schools near Philadelphia.
Huzlers styles itself as a "fauxtire" website and carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each page:
Founded by Pancho Villa in 1922 Huzlers is the most infamous fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!
According to Splinter News the site is run by Pablo Reyes and David Martinez and according to Buzzfeed Reyes is involved with several other fake news websites. They tend to shy away from political stories, opting instead to write for a more "urban" audience, with stories about rappers, criminals and celebrities.
We wrote about huzlers.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:
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- Fake News: Florida Man NOT Arrested For Tranquilizing And Raping Alligators In Everglades
- Fake News: McDonald's Manager Did NOT Shoot Man For Putting Soda In His Free Water Cup
- Fake News: White Woman Did NOT Call Cops On Innocent Man Selling Crack Cocaine Outside Her Apartment