After Lacey Evans' video clip of a Canadian traffic stop went viral, both she and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have offered their side as to what happened.
Evans (real name Macey Estrella-Kadlec) posted a video where she was pulled over by RCMP in Edmonton where WWE was in town for a Saturday house show. In the clip, the officer is trying to explain the ticket after giving her license back and Evans, jumping into character, asked him if he knew who she was. He said he didn't know and asked, "Who's Lacey Evans?" when she said her name. She grabbed the ticket and said she'd pay for it, adding "Canada is terrible".
As of Monday afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 2.1 million times.
Evans released a statement on Twitter Monday morning, saying that as a U.S. Marine, she doesn't condone, agree, or promote disrespecting law enforcement officials or making their jobs harder and that the video was created by "both parties" to promote the live show, signing the statement "Sgt. Estrella".
She also released a statement to CTV News in Edmonton: "My character is a sassy bad guy so I play the role often. The general public now believe this interaction was real when the officer and I planned to start recording and have him walk up again with the citation in hand. As prior law enforcement myself, I didn't expect people to honestly believe this was real considering I am an entertainer and was in town for a performance."
However, in a statement from RCMP Corporal Chris Warren to CTV News, the traffic stop was legitimate and wasn't staged: "That's news to me. I know the original traffic stop was legitimate and I don't have any further information at this time."