A New Jersey man has been charged with lewdness after allegedly "pleasuring himself" during a screening of The Emoji Movie, a terrible motion picture about anthropomorphic emoji.
The suspect was allegedly spotted in the back row of Xscape Theatres in Howell, N.J. last Friday with "his hands down his open pants" by a woman who had attended the showing with her children, the Hollywood Reporter reported Thursday. Once theater staff was notified, the suspect was kicked out.
The suspect, 43-year-old Abraham Y. Parnes, turned himself into police Thursday night. Parnes was charged with lewdness and released on a summons, the Asbury Park Press confirmed. Police had publicly requested assistance in tracking down the suspect following the initial report.
Emoji Movie star and former Silicon Valley cast member T.J. Miller was alerted to the story by a fan earlier this week. Miller joked that the incident was indicative of the quality of the film:
Bolstered by its single-digit Rotten Tomatoes average, The Emoji Movie earned more than $24 million at the box office during its opening weekend. The computer-animated monstrosity also stars James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Anna Faris, Rob Riggle, Sofia Vergara, Christina Aguilera, Jeff Ross, and Patrick Stewart as Poop. Fucking POOP.