TikTok stars Bryce Hall and Jaden Hossler arrested on drug charges after road trip from California to Texas
GIDDINGS, TEXAS: Two of TikTok's biggest stars have been arrested on charges of drug possession. The duo, 20-year-old Bryce Hall and 19-year-old Jaden Hossler were arrested and taken into custody on Monday, May 25, in Giddings, Texas. The two social media influencers hail from Los Angeles, California, and have been staying at a luxurious Airbnb amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Hall was given a misdemeanor charge on the possession of marijuana. He was later released on a $5,000 bail, according to a Daily Mail report. Hossler had also been charged on marijuana possession and was additionally hit with a second-degree felony charge for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group two. An insider shared that authorities did not reveal exactly what drug Hossler was carrying but that drugs in that group "include most hallucinogens and stimulants." A second-degree felony charge is punishable with up to 20 years in prison.
The felony charge can also result in a fine of $10,000. Hossler was then released from custody after he paid a $6,500 bond. A video clip showing the pair being pulled over by cops was shared across TikTok. The police did not reveal why they flagged down their vehicle. The two young men are two of the most famous influencers on TikTok. Hall has an account that has around 7 million followers on the social media app, while Hossler has 6 million.
The two boys usually stay together in a Bel Air mansion with a group of many young influencers who live together in a group known as 'the Sway House Collective'. Hall or Hossler's fame peaked after recording videos of themselves clowning around with their friends inside their luxury residence. Ever since getting arrested, the duo has not posted any content. According to a source, the two have been in Texas along with other influencers Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson since early May. On Monday, May 25, the group was seen posing for pictures on social media along with the caption, "Road Trip!"
The 'Sway Boys' are represented by TalentXEntertainment which is a TikTok management company founded by YouTubers Tal Fishman and Jason Wilhelm. After being released, Hall had reportedly published a since-deleted tweet that read, "I'm back." Hossler had also reportedly tweeted "Hi" though his message was also removed. A spokesperson for ABC Studios told Fox News that the two are planning to "defend the asserted claims vigorously."
"The Company works hard to maintain a work environment free from discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. In this instance the Company took corrective action. We cooperated with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing during its investigation, and we regret that we were unable to reach a reasonable resolution with the Department. We now intend to defend the asserted claims vigorously," the statement read.
Social media users took to Twitter to comment on the news of the arrest. One user wrote, "You mean they were arrested for marijuana possession which shouldn’t be against the law . Shame on Texas.""What a shock. Not," a second user wrote. A third commented, "They will probably be let go cause you know they white."