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Stokes Twins' lawyers say YouTube stars are not guilty of any crimes

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

(CNN)The lawyers for YouTube celebrities the Stokes Twins say their clients, charged with false imprisonment and swatting in Orange County, California, are innocent.

Alan and Alex Stokes were charged in August in connection with two fake bank robberies that resulted in their Uber driver, who was not involved in the prank, being held at gunpoint by police.

According to an August news release from the Orange County District Attorney's Office, the popular internet pranksters -- who have almost 5 million subscribers on YouTube -- were each charged with one felony count of false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud or deceit, as well as one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency in connection with the October 2019 pranks.

The brothers are accused of pretending to rob a bank upon ordering an Uber in October 2019, the district attorney's office said last month.

When the charges were announced in August, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer called the fake robberies a "twisted attempt to gain more popularity on the internet" that endangered the public and police.

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