Chrissy Teigen to Donate $200,000 to Help Bail out Protesters
Chrissy Teigen committed $200k to bail out hundreds of protesters after originally pledging $100k and thinking it may not be enough.
Chrissy Teigen expressed her commitment to helping jailed protesters by pledging to donate $200k for their release. The fiery supermodel made her generous intentions known in a series of tweets on May 31.
As thousands flocked to the streets to protest the senseless death of George Floyd, many were arrested for alleged riotous behavior.
In response to this, Teigen, one of many stars advocating for justice for Floyd, tweeted that she would donate money to bail them out.
In her original tweet, Teigen wrote, "I am committed to donating $100,000." She added that it was to help post bail for jailed protesters all over the country. However, she later sent out a second tweet dialing up her donation to $200,000 saying more money may be needed.
The growing number of protests has also become alarming with the threat of COVID-19 still at large.
Ooo they might need more money then. Make it $200,000 https://t.co/axuJnazJkU— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 30, 2020
As of May 31, Madame Noire reported over 1,600 protest arrests across 22 cities in the US. There were also alleged shootings in Minneapolis where mayhem first erupted after Floyd died in the city while being restrained during an arrest.
Of those arrests, 44 people were charged with felony rioting, "a number" were charged with burglary and two-thirds of the arrests were instances of felonies. Many were arrested for violating the curfew, officials said. https://t.co/Vlii0ttLtT— CNN (@CNN) June 1, 2020
The growing number of protests has also become alarming with the threat of COVID-19 still at large. In fact, Teigen’s husband, John Legend reminded protesters to continue to stay safe, distanced, and protected while out in the streets.
The Grammy-winning crooner also showed his solidarity with his wife when he tweeted his support for those defending the protestors. He named three organizations that will be receiving donations from them. This includes The Bail Project, Movement 4 Black Lives, and the National Lawyers Guild.
Please stay as safe as you can. There is still a deadly virus that thrives on people being really close to each other. Distance as much as possible and wear a mask to protect yourself and others!— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 31, 2020
Like Teigen and Legend, many celebrities have also spoken up to express their dismay over the circumstances that led to Floyd's death. Among them were Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Diddy, Ciara, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and Ice Cube.
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