Charges dropped against man accused of not returning 'Freddy Got Fingered' VHS

CONCORD, N.C. — Charges were dismissed against a Concord man who was arrested for not returning a decade-old VHS tape.

"(I’m) very happy right now. (I’m) very, very happy to know this is behind me,” James Meyers said.

He was relieved that the district attorney decided to drop the odd but serious charge.

"It's been absolutely crazy. I never thought that this would happen,” Meyers said.

Last month, Channel 9 broke the story, which eventually went viral and was picked up nationally.

Channel 9 first reported the story that went viral. Read about it here.

Channel 9 reported that Meyers was pulled over for a traffic stop and was notified of a warrant for his arrest.

The charge was failing to return the movie “Freddie Got Fingered.” A movie he had rented in 2002 from a VHS store that no longer exists.

"I tried not to laugh. I thought it was a joke,” he said.

The movie’s main actor, Tom Green, even reached out to Meyers and offered his support after seeing the story on

"I think they just wanted to verify the business is no longer active, and they took the dismissal,” Meyers’ attorney, Adam M. Seifer said.

Seifer said removing the arrest from his client’s record is the next step. Once they apply, it could take up to six months.

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