Rebecca Black "Friday" Threats Probed
Cops handling two cases prompted by viral video hit
APRIL 15--Police are investigating two separate criminal threats triggered by Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” the viral music video hit that has spawned nationwide contempt, The Smoking Gun has learned.
The Anaheim Police Department is probing “two active cases” that originated in Los Angeles, according to Sergeant Rick Martinez, a police spokesman.
While cases like this are usually handled in the jurisdiction in which the threats were received, Martinez said that since cops believe the threats were “directed towards Rebecca Black,” the matters are being handled by Anaheim detectives.
Black, 13, lives with her parents in Anaheim, an Orange County city about 25 miles from Los Angeles.
One threat was sent by e-mail to a production company and the other “was a telephonic threat relayed to her manager,” according to Martinez, who added that he thought one of the communications contained a death threat.
Martinez said that Anaheim cops are taking the threats seriously and “are actively investigating these cases and if we find out who sent them, we will ask for prosecution.”
While Black’s song has been derided as the worst performance ever committed to tape, the “Friday” video (seen below) has, at press time, been viewed 103.5 million times on the official YouTube page of the Ark Music Factory, the production outfit responsible for penning the tune and producing the video.