Jeremy Renner shuts down app after trolls impersonate Jeffrey Epstein, OJ Simpson and Jar Jar Binks

The app was initially intended to allow fans to bond over their love of the Avengers actor

Adam White
Thursday 05 September 2019 09:15 BST
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Jeremy Renner has shut down his fan app after it was bombarded with messages by trolls.

The Jeremy Renner App was launched in 2017, with the Avengers actor describing it as a hub for his fans to interact with one another, win prizes and bond over their admiration of him. Users were also able to buy "stars" to gain a higher fan ranking.

But the app has recently been engulfed in controversy after coming under siege from trolls, with individuals using the names of famous figures including OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony, the Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks and the late Jeffrey Epstein to write pro-Renner messages.

Others had set up accounts under Renner’s own name, with one troll posting: “I am Jeremy Renner. Are there any crack cocaine dealers in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area?”

Renner has subsequently closed the app. In a statement, the Oscar-nominated star said: “The App has jumped the shark, literally. Due to clever individuals who were able to manipulate ways to impersonate me and others within the app I have asked ESCAPEX, the company that runs this app to shut it down immediately and refund anyone who has purchased any stars over the last 90 days.”

He continued, “My sincere apologies for this not to have turned out the way it was intended. To all the super-fans who have supported me with your words or encouragement, amazing art, stories and time shared on the app, a genuine THANK YOU and hope to see you on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.”

Renner, best known for his role as Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his appearance in The Hurt Locker and Arrival, is currently preparing for the release of his debut album, with his first official single “Heaven Don’t Have a Name” unveiled in July.

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