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Cheerleader who appeared in ‘deepfake’ vid ‘made by rival’s mom’ speaks out

THE CHEERLEADER shown in a fake video vaping that was created by her high

school rival’s mom has broken her silence about the “deep fake” that
caused her ouster from her Pennsylvania cheer team.

“I went in the car and started crying and was like, ‘That’s not me in
the video,'” said Madi Hime, a 17-year-old cheerleader seen on what she
calls a “deep fake” video of her vaping, which is against her
Doylestown squad team’s rules.

The cheerleader targeted by her teammate's mom speaks out about getting kicked off the team for a fake video

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The cheerleader targeted by her teammate’s mom speaks out about getting kicked off the team for a fake videoCredit: Instagram
Hime said she was sent a fake video of her vaping that eventually led to her ouster from the team

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Hime said she was sent a fake video of her vaping that eventually led to her ouster from the teamCredit: GMA

“I thought if I said it, no one would believe me because obviously,
there’s proof, there’s a video – but obviously that video was
manipulated,” the cheerleader said on Good Morning America on Monday.

Hime alleges the mom of another cheerleader on her Victory Vipers cheer squad team reportedly manipulated a video to depict the 17-year-old vaping in violation of the team’s rules.

She also claims she was texted manipulated photos of herself by someone pretending to be a concerned parents.

That’s when she took the texts to her mom, who contacted police.

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Police were contacted after several girls in addition to Hime came forward about being sent messages urging them to kill themselves

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Police were contacted after several girls in addition to Hime came forward
about being sent messages urging them to kill themselves

Credit: Facebook/Victory Vipers
Police have charged Raffaela Spone for allegedly sending fake photos and messages to girls on the team

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Police have charged Raffaela Spone for allegedly sending fake photos and messages to girls on the teamCredit: Hilltown Township Police Department

“It had actually been going on for quite a while, I just didn’t know
about it,” Hime’s mom said. “I told her ‘I will call the police,’
because I wanted her to know that’s how much I believed her.”

Police were able to track the messages back to Raffaela Spone, the mother of another student on the squad team.

Spone is alleged to have also sent the false images to two other teammates.

The 50-year-old mom has since been charged with cyber harassment of a
child in connection to the false images and videos, which are
classified as “deep fakes.”

She and her attorney vehemently denied the charges.

“She has absolutely denied what they’re charging her with and because
of the fact that this has hit the press, she has received death
threats,” her attorney Robert Birch said.

Source:The Sun

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