Netflix’s ‘Cheer’ Star Jerry Harris Arrested & Charged For Production Of Child Pornography
Update #2 (Sept. 17th): Jerry Harris has been arrested on production of childhood pornography charges, according to new reports. He was officially charged in federal court in Chicago, according to Chicago Tribune.
At the same time, he’s facing a $1 million lawsuit for allegedly soliciting sex from twin 13-year-old brothers.
Their attorney said in a statement:
“This case presents one more sad, and shocking, example of a sexual predator using his fame and position of authority as a coach and mentor to sexually abuse children. USASF and the other defendants failed in their responsibility to protect our clients from his abuse by properly supervising the Harris’s conduct as their employee and agent.”
Jerry Harris previously denied the claims.
Original Story (Sept. 15th): Jerry Harris, 21, of Netflix’s docuseries “Cheer”, is facing accusations that he allegedly solicited sex from minors. The FBI is reportedly investigating Jerry Harris and executed a search warrant at a Naperville, Illinois home Monday (Sept. 14th).
FBI Special Agent and Public Affairs Officer Siobhan Johnson told USA Today:
“The FBI is conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area. Department of Justice policy prevents the FBI from commenting on the existence or nonexistence of any investigations that may be occurring. There is no further information at this time.”
Jerry Harris wasn’t named in the statement and has not been officially charged yet.
The investigation comes amid claims from 14-year-old twin brothers, Charlie and Sam, who said Jerry Harris allegedly started harassing them when they were 13 and he was 19. The alleged incidents, which took place for more than a year, happened online and in person at cheer events.
The brothers’ family showed text and social media screenshots from that were allegedly between them and Jerry Harris. In the messages, he allegedly asking for nude pictures or sex.
Varsity Brands, a private cheer company that oversees aspects like sales and competitions, also made similar allegations against Jerry Harris,.
The Chief Legal Officer for Varsity Brands, Burton Brillhart, said it was informed about the claims and followed legal obligations to report it. He added in a letter issued to police in Texas and Florida on Aug. 1:
“As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future.”
A rep for Harris has released a statement and shut down the accusations.
“We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is complete the true facts will be revealed.”
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