Last weeks, numerous reports indicated that Tom Hanks’ 25-year-old son Chet Hanks went missing. Yet, a representative for the Hanks family says that it’s simply not true.
Chicago Tribune reports that despite numerous media outlets claiming that the up-and-coming rapper Chet is missing, a spokesperson for Tom Hanks, Leslee Dart, says that there no truth to the rumors, stating that it’s “categorically not true. He is not missing.”
The rumors began shortly after Chet, who was once extremely active on social media, left a cryptic message on his Instagram account, indicating that he was leaving, but not stating where he was going.
However, even with confirmation from a family representative, many people, including worried fans, are still unconvinced that Chet is safe after an undisclosed source said that the rapper hasn’t contacted anyone for over a month.
“A month went by without a word from Chet — not even a single phone call to his family or friends. It’s like he’s fallen off the face of the Earth.”
To make matters worse, Chet’s cellphone was allegedly traced to Barstow, California, a city nicknamed “The Meth Capital of America.” Furthermore, In Touch Weekly reports that authorities are trying to “keep the development out of the press,” which may explain why the family representative is denying the rumors. It’s also speculated that the family hired private investigators to help track down the 25-year-old.
In June, Chet was wanted in Crawley, England, after allegedly trashing a hotel room at the Arora International Hotel, racking up an estimated $1,834 worth of damages. British authorities gave a statement.
“We have been given the name of a suspect – a 24-year-old man from the USA – and we are currently working with other agencies to try to trace him so he can be interviewed.”
Witnesses saw Chet in England at a local nightclub, where he was reportedly asking people for cocaine, although these claims have never been substantiated.
A few months prior to the England incident, Chet was allegedly involved in a nightclub brawl at The Vault in Los Angeles, where he attacked the bouncers.
Chet completed a stint in a rehabilitation center for cocaine addiction in 2014, after admitting that he’s struggled with drug addiction since he was a 16-year-old. His mother, Rita Wilson, also sent the troubled teen on a prison tour while he was in high school in an attempt to scare him into cleaning up his act. However, Chet Hanks has never been associated with methamphetamine use, according to a family friend, but it may be the “worst case scenario.”
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