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Two movie production companies said they are not responsible for the recent rash of creepy clown sightings in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Clowns have been spotted in Greensboro, North Carolina where a resident chased one with a machete, and in Greenville, South Carolina police say clowns tried to lure children into the woods with candy.

Although no children have been hurt, psychologist Dr. J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner explains, damage may already be done.

“You’re seeing something that you’re not accustomed to seeing and it jolts us, and it is frightening,” Ornsteiner said. “It’s frightening not only for children but adults as well.”

Brooklyn performance artist Brian Whiteley has posed as a clown as part of previous projects.

Whitely told PIX11 he was contacted by people shortly before the clown sightings in the South began.

“Leading up to this I did receive a call that I thought was weird, and a website that seemed to suggest ideas of the occult and satanic ritual,” Whiteley said.

He stopped communication with the group. “It crosses the line,” he said, “when, for example with South Carolina, you see these clowns inviting kids into the woods, that to me is the beginning of a serious threat.”