UPDATED 8/4, 9:30 p.m. ET: Kai Cenat is reportedly facing several charges after the streamer’s promoted givaway on Twitch turned chaotic in NYC. Police said Friday evening that Cenat will be charged with at least two counts of inciting a riot and unlawful assembly, along with a few other charges.
NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said in a press conference that the event was not sanctioned by police.
“Our Entertainment Unit, I think we have to reach out to some of our influencers and ask them to be responsible with this, to help us with this,” Maddrey said. “If we knew about this, we could’ve had the barriers out here, we could’ve had police officers out here, we could’ve did this orderly, they could’ve gave whatever gifts they had for the young people away. I encourage this. We want our young people to come to events like this. It just can’t be, hey, this is what we’re doing, it’s a free-for-all. We see this is the outcome, and we cannot have these outcomes.”