Jimmy Savile Twitter prank tricks Billy Ray Cyrus

'Achy Breaky Heart' singer caught out by same joke as Donald Trump earlier this week

Billy Ray Cyrus has become the latest victim of a Twitter prank in which celebrities are asked to retweet images of renowned criminals.

Cyrus shared a picture of Jimmy Savile, the former BBC Radio 1 DJ revealed to be a paedophile following his 2011 death, after one Twitter user approached him asking for a message for his “grandad” who was a “huge fan”.

The Guardian reports that Cyrus then retweeted the message and accompanying picture of Savile to his 1.7m followers. Soon realising his mistake, Cyrus then deleted the message and posted a link to the story of Donald Trump, who was caught out by the same prank earlier this week.

Business tycoon Trump was scammed in a similar fashion retweeting a picture of serial killers Fred and Rose West to his 2.7m followers.

The star of the US version of The Apprentice has subsequently threatened to sue the person behind the prank, tweeting: “Some jerk fraudulently tweeted that his parents said I was a big inspiration to them + pls Rt (sic) – out of kindness I retweeted. Maybe I’ll sue… I thought I was being nice to somebody re [regarding] their parents. I guess this teaches you not to be nice or trusting. Sad!”