by emily belfiore | Mon., Apr. 20, 2020 7:04 AM
Joe Keery was the victim of a Twitter hack, his rep has confirmed to E! News.
On Monday, fans of the Stranger Things star grew concerned when they noticed an influx of tweets from Keery's account, which is rarely used by the actor. According to Metro UK, the tweets featured racist and problematic messages ranging from accusations that he was "molested" on the set of the hit Netflix drama to hurling insults at other Twitter users.
The hacker also roped in Keery's Stranger Things co-stars Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin, taking aim at the young actors with a series of insensitive tweets.
As the hack unfolded in the middle of the night, fans voiced their concern via Twitter, causing the phrase "joe keery hacked' to trend on Twitter. "someone hacked joe keery and is posting the most horrible things," one fan warned. "i hope they are working on this now and that he's okay. this is a bad hack guys."
Acknowledging the time of the attack, another fan chimed in, writing, "Me knowing joe keery is damn well having a peaceful ass sleep rn while everyone he knows is spam texting and calling his phone tryna inform him that his mf twitter got hacked."
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In addition to raising awareness of the attack, several fans urged others to report the account's unusual activity as a means to stop the hacker. "Go report @joe_keery He is being hacked..... I repeat Steve's account is hack," another fan tweeted.
A Twitter spokesperson tells E! News, "As soon as we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised account and investigated the situation. We're working closely with the account holder to restore the account."
Keery has since addressed the social media snafu, tweeting, "Hey everyone, I was hacked as I'm sure everyone knows. What a bummer that someone would go to such great lengths to spread hate. I want to apologize for the horrible comments that were posted, it was deeply upsetting to me. Much love to you all in these crazy times."
The last post made by the 27-year-old actor was a retweet of Stranger Things director Shawn Levy's behind-the-scene video from the cast's first day back on set and reuniting with one another. Just weeks before, the upcoming season's teaser trailer was released, delighting fans as it confirmed an important theory surrounding David Harbour's character Jim Hopper.