‘Selfie kid’ Ryan McKenna, 18, is knocked to the ground by officers in new arrest video after he ‘attacked an officer’ while drunk — five years after posing with Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl halftime show
A boy who rose to fame after taking a selfie with Justin Timberlake at the 2018 Super Bowl was arrested by Florida police after a drunken brawl.
Ryan McKenna, 18, was filmed being knocked to the ground by deputies as they attempted to wrestle him in handcuffs outside a California Pizza Kitchen in Naples.
McKenna allegedly got into a drunken brawl with a 15-year-old friend on the eve of this year’s Super Bowl game and later ripped an officer’s hands off his chest as they tried to control him, according to a incident report reviewed by TMZ.
Video of the incident showed three officers trying to restrain McKenna until one of them grabbed his left leg, swinging it into the air and forcing him to the ground.
He was then taken to the Naples Prison Center and charged with a felony against a law enforcement officer and two misdemeanors – resisting arrest and obstructing an officer.
Selfie Kid, who became famous for taking a selfie with Justin Timberlake during a performance at the 2018 Super Bowl, was filmed being arrested by police in Naples, Florida, in February
On February 11, 18-year-old Ryan McKenna was arrested and taken to the Naples Prison Center where he was charged with wounding a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and obstructing an officer
McKenna became a social media sensation at the age of 13 after taking a selfie with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl LII halftime show.
Shortly after the viral incident, he appeared on Good Morning America, where he said his phone “exploded” with messages and calls and excitedly described how he had gained more than 8,000 social media followers overnight.
After earning the name Selfie Kid, McKenna became more and more famous for taking more selfies with different celebrities and accumulating nearly half a million followers on Instagram.
Discussing his recent arrest in Florida, his mother told TMZ that he hadn’t been drunk, just messing around with friends and that a friend had pulled out a chair from under him.
According to an incident report reviewed by the outlet, police responded to a report on the evening of Feb. 11 that a man was drunk and hit his friend.
When police arrived, officers said a 15-year-old boy told them he was friends with McKenna, but they got into a fight.
The dispute continued to escalate until McKenna got up and aggressively pushed the California Pizza Kitchen table and began yelling obscenities at the boy’s girlfriend.
Police say they spoke to the 15-year-old when McKenna aggressively intervened, but he was eventually pulled over and allowed to calm down.
Mall security then requested that McKenna be escorted off the premises, but police say his behavior then turned aggressive when he tried to approach the boy again.
McKenna became a social media sensation at age 13 after taking a selfie with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl LII halftime show
In the video, an officer can be heard yelling, “Put your arms behind your back. You are now under arrest,” before another lifted his leg and knocked him to the ground
The video also shows McKenna being knocked to the ground and flipped face down. As he lay on the ground, he was heard to say, ‘Stop, stop’
After earning the name Selfie Kid, McKenna rose to fame for taking selfies with various celebrities and gained nearly half a million followers on Instagram. He is pictured here with Ellen DeGeneres in February 2018
Police say they then placed their hands on McKenna’s chest to prevent him from confronting the 15-year-old, but he grabbed the officers’ hands and removed them from his chest.
In the video, an officer could be heard yelling, “Put your arms behind your back. You’re being arrested now.’
They say they then tried to detain him by handcuffing him, but they say he resisted and had to take him to the ground.
The video also shows McKenna being knocked to the ground and flipped face down. As he lay on the ground, he was heard to say, “Stop, stop.”