Actor Aaron Paul has invited autistic teenager Aaron Hill to join him in Los Angeles to escape the headlines surrounding his abuse.
Video footage showing 16-year-old Hill being beaten up by a teenager at a party in Florida spread online this week (begs11Aug14) and sparked outrage on social media.
The #JusticeForAaron hashtag was created, calling on officials to arrest the abuser and condemning partygoers for filming the incident on cell phones.
The Breaking Bad actor has now sent Hill and his family an open invitation to go to Los Angeles, where he suggests they take a break until the media storm dies down.
He writes on Twitter.com on Friday (15Aug14), "Dear Aaron Hill, I am so sorry that this terrible tragedy has happened to you. I am at a loss for words. I don't know you but my heart goes out to you and loved ones. Our door is always open to you and your family. Come out to LA and get away from it all and take a break. Let us take you to Disneyland or something. Our treat. Just let me know when it is good for you. Keep your head up. Your friend, Aaron."
TV actress Sophia Bush also joined the campaign, writing, "DISGUSTED by humanity in moments like this. U who beat & laughed at this boy? I hope you go to jail. #JusticeForAaron."
A suspect has since been arrested and charged with felony child abuse.