New York, NY – Twitch streamer Kai Cenat is facing charges after a giveaway he hosted in Union Square Park on Friday turned chaotic.
Cenat, who has over 6.5 million followers on Twitch, announced on Wednesday that he would be giving away PlayStation 5 consoles, computers, and other gaming equipment at 4 p.m. on Friday in Union Square Park.
Thousands of people showed up for the giveaway, which was not permitted or sanctioned by the city. The crowd quickly became unruly, and police were called to the scene.
There were reports of people throwing objects, fighting, and even climbing on top of police cars. Several police officers were injured, and one person was arrested for assault.
Cenat was taken into custody by police and is facing charges of inciting a riot and unlawful assembly. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
The chaos at Union Square Park is a reminder of the potential dangers of large gatherings. It is important for event organizers to work with local authorities to ensure that their events are safe and orderly.
In a statement, the New York City Police Department said that it is “committed to protecting the public and will not tolerate violence or disorder.”
The department also urged people to “think twice before attending unpermitted events,” as they can quickly turn dangerous.
This is not the first time that a Twitch streamer has been involved in a controversy. In 2021, streamer Dr. Disrespect was banned from Twitch after he was caught streaming from a bathroom at E3.
It remains to be seen what the consequences will be for Cenat. However, his arrest is a reminder that even the most popular streamers can face serious consequences for their actions.