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Hollywood on Baltimore Protests: Beyonce, Cher, Michael Moore React to the Unrest

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Johnson and former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis are also speaking out

Following the Apr. 19 death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old African-American man who died of catastrophic injuries while in police custody, a growing number of Hollywood stars are speaking out about his death and the unrest that followed.

On Thursday, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony — who spent part of his childhood in Baltimore — joined other protesters for a march in the streets of Charm City.

Anthony also took to Instagram telling his followers, “We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for. My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking.”

Meanwhile, Beyonce urged her 31 million Instagram followers to support “the NAACP to help in the cleanup efforts.”

Beyonce Freddie Gray Instagram Post


Gray’s funeral was held on Apr. 27 — touching off a wave of unrest — which caused more than 150 fires, led to at least 200 arrests and left 15 officers injured, according to local news reports.

Meanwhile in a story published Wednesday, the Washington Post reported a prisoner who shared a police transport van with Gray told investigators that Gray was “banging against the walls.” The documents were released to the newspaper under the condition that the prisoner would remain anonymous.

But music legend Cher made it clear, she wasn’t buying claims that Gray was responsible for his own injuries.

“SO Fkng Angry I could SCREAM!! GUY In Van W/ #FreddieGray, Said FG Did Damage 2 HIMSELF!? RIGHT, HE SEVERED HIS SPINE, CRUSHED HIS WINDPIPE!? BS,” she tweeted.

On Thursday, Baltimore police announced they had turned over the report of their investigation to prosecutors. Police also said the transport van that Gray was placed in after his arrest made an additional stop, which was not initially known to investigators. These latest developments drew more scrutiny.

Below is a list of social media posts from entertainment figures on the situation in Baltimore as compiled by TheWrap.