The Staten Island clown mystery has been solved.
For days, a creepy clown resembling Pennywise from the Stephen King story It was making appearances across the island. Pictures of the clown were shared on Instagram and video clips spread on Facebook.
But shortly after photos of the Staten Island clown went viral, doubts were raised about the sightings. The only people with photographic evidence of the creepy clown were four Staten Island men, all with ties to each other and a New York City production company.
Now it appears there is confirmation that the clown is a hoax.
When asked about the connection, comedian Vic Dibitetto seemed to deflect the question.
Contacted via Facebook, the man responsible for the sightings responded: "I also know where the Malaysian airliner is."
But when the evidence was laid before him, Dibitetto seemed to admit that the Staten Island clown was all a prank.
"Do what [you] gotta do," he told a reporter asking about the evidence.
The other men in on the State Island clown sighting have offered hints of a hoax. Leavy admitted that the sightings are funny, and said he wouldn't stop people if they believed it was all set up.
"I think he's funny and this whole thing (is funny), so if people want to think it's me or whoever I won't stop them, maybe I should go get a clown suit though, hopefully they are not sold out," he said.
But when told of the Facebook evidence linking the men, Leavy outright admitted that the clown is a setup.
"It's a small island and we've been trying to get as many people associated with Fuzz on the Lens as possible," said Leavy.
It is still unclear what the Staten Island clown may be promoting, but the website Screenrant reported that there may be a new film adaptation of It in the works.