Chris Pratt has penned a furious Facebook post, warning his fans about a “reprehensible” individual impersonating him in an attempt to target women.
Whether you know him as Parks and Recreation’s Andy Dwyer, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star Lord, or “that dude from those funny Hollywood diet videos”, there’s no denying that Chris Pratt has fast become one of the most beloved stars in Hollywood. So it’s unsurprising that he has a huge online fanbase: at the moment, his Facebook fan count stands at a whopping 3,793,936 people, and he’s picking up new followers all the time.
However, Pratt has now taken to his verified account and warned fans to block a “potential predator” who has been using Pratt’s personal details in an attempt to target female fans.
“Somebody is trying to pretend to be me on Facebook (and maybe other social media platforms) apparently hitting on a lot of different female fans, trying to get their numbers and who knows what else,” writes Pratt. “I’m not joking.”
The actor continues: “Please know, I find this behaviour reprehensible. If I find out who it is I’ll have their account shut down and seriously would like to punch them right in the GD [goddamn] mouth. You hear that imposter!? Stop.”
Pratt, addressing his fans directly, implores them to check for the blue ‘verified’ tick next to his name before responding to any messages which seem to be from him.
“Tell your siblings. Educate our young ones,” he adds. “It’s probably mostly kids who would fall for this [and] it terrifies me to think someone could be hurt, their feelings or much worse, by this imposter/potential predator.
“I’ve had many, many people tell me about this. It’s not an isolated incident. If anyone is in contact with this person block them immediately.”
To the perpetrator, though, Pratt warns that they should “stop right now” or they will be “very unhappy with the outcome”.
Fans have since thanked the Jurassic World star for his concern, especially in the wake of the ongoing conversation about the cycle of abuse by powerful men in Hollywood, and some even shared their experiences with the fraudulent account.
“This happened to me on Facebook messenger,” one follower wrote. “Glad you found out.”
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