Courtney Barnes made waves on the internet for his outlandish appearance after he was interviewed by news outlets because he witnessed a police-involved car crash in Jackson, Mississippi.
Barnes, who has flowing green hair, long nails, was ridiculed on image boards dedicated to mocking bad eyebrows after the interview aired. He has since been arrested in connection with a shoplifting case and has been charged with contempt of court. The shoplifting case is unrelated to the car crash.
Though some news stations chose not to air Barnes’ interview over concerns about his credibility as a witness, an arrest has been made in connection with the crash, in which a police officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
During an interview, Barnes said he wasn’t lying about the crash and claimed he wasn’t a shoplifting suspect. "Now, we all know that it's not accurate information," Barnes said. "I am personally taking care of certain information, but that is not accurate. And for those out there that are trying to stomp over my success, I pray for you and I hope that I can one day celebrate with you.”
Chane, the owner of the store Barnes is accused of shoplifting from, Swell-O-Phonic in Fondren, tried to deflect the spotlight. "We want to stay away from the negative attention," Chane told WAPT. ”Courtney has stolen from our store and made our customers and staff uncomfortable. We just want him to stay out of our store. I hope the story gets turned back to the injured officer who deserves the attention.”
Barnes, who has a following of more than 45,000 people on Instagram, addressed the charges in a video posted to the social media site. “I want to apologize about the things that are going around on social media about me. However, like I said, nobody is perfect. Everybody is going to make mistakes, but at the same time, I do keep God first and I want everybody to know that it will work out for the better. But at the same time, let the negativity continue to come, because without negativity, we cannot do positivity,” Barnes said on the video.