No, Miranda Cosgrove was Not Arrested for Prostitution

Child stars make big targets for the paparazzi and Hollywood reporters. So when reports circulated about former Drake and Josh and iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove being arrested for prostitution, the internet was quick to (over)react:

The frenzy came after NotThis News (a parody of Now This News) created a realistic mock-video of her “arrest” and spread it on social media. This was quickly debunked by Snopes’ fact-checkers.

“Cosgrove was not arrested for prostitution. The NotThis News Twitter account is a “parody” of NowThis News, a media company that primarily distributes its news videos through social media. NotThis News also use a near-copy of the media company’s logo,” they wrote on their website. So nostalgic 20-somethings, take a deep breath. Miranda Cosgrove was not arrested for prostitution.

It’s easy to see why people would believe the story. iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jeanette McCurdy got in trouble in 2014 for leaked photos of herself in lingerie. There are often jokes about how child stars grow up to be troubled adults. But for now, Cosgrove seems to have a stable adult life and career. The believable (but nonetheless absurd) parody video easily deceived many on social media who do not verify what they see on the internet. It was easy bait for those looking for the next breaking news headline in pop culture. But repeat after me: Miranda Cosgrove was not arrested for prostitution.

Cosgrove currently provides the voice of Margo in the Despicable Me series. An NBC comedy pilot called Spaced Out had cast Cosgrove, but was not purchased by NBC.


Gretchen Gales

Gretchen Gales

Gretchen Gales is managing editor and a staff writer for Quail Bell Magazine. She was recently honored in Her Campus' "How She Got There" segment. Her work has also appeared in Ms., The Establishment, The Huffington Post, Bustle, and more.
  • A big lesson in paying attention. I was sure the video was fake when I watched, but never noticed that the logo wasn’t actually “Now This…”