Man wants to clear his name after prank goes wrong
A man who was arrested, jailed for two days and vilified online for licking a tub of ice cream inside a supermarket has released a video to clear his name. Lenise Martin III, 36, was arrested on July 6 after he posted a video of himself licking a tub of ice cream inside Big B's store in Belle Rose, Louisiana. What the viral video doesn't reveal is that Martin had already paid for the ice cream and he has a receipt to prove it. According to a receipt provided by Martin the ice cream was purchased at 1.22pm on July 6 and the video was shot at 1.24pm on the same day. "I had already paid for the ice cream and the store clerk said I could get two for $11, so I went back to the freezer to take a look," said Martin, a DJ who plays at weddings, other special events and nightclubs. "We thought it would be funny to shoot a video that made it look like I was tampering with the ice cream then putting it back on the shelf, but it was my ice cream and I never put it back into the freezer. "The uncut video shows that I took it out," said Martin who was held in jail from the afternoon of Saturday, July 6 until the morning of Monday July 8. "It was just a spur of the moment thing.
I never bought a second tub of ice cream. "The police held me for two days until, I guess, they watched the store's surveillance footage, which shows me buying the ice cream, going back to the freezer and then leaving with the tub of ice cream that I'd already paid for," said Martin. "I never put it back in the freezer.
I didn't touch anything else in the supermarket after that, we just left.
I still have the ice cream at home. Martin was originally charged with criminal mischief and "unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity" but the charges were later dropped. "That misleading video is all over the internet and my reputation has been ruined," said Martin. "So many news outlets have published this false story.
My name is all over CNN, The New York Times, everywhere. "I'm getting a lot of racist abuse online from all these people who don't know the truth."I have to clear my name.
I have kids.
I didn't do anything wrong." Martin's prank was inspired by the unsanitary #icecreamchallenge, spawned by viral video of a teenage girl in Texas who licked some ice cream and placed it back on the supermarket shelf. Martin's friend Miguel Knockum was with him in the supermarket and shot the video of their prank. "We thought it was going to be a bit of fun for our friends to laugh about on Facebook, we never thought it would turn out like this," said Knockum. "I regret taking the video now.
I'm just happy he's a free man, he's a great guy, he wouldn't bring harm to nobody."