'Cheer' star Jerry Harris accused of child sexual exploitation in new lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges that Harris “exploited his reputation and place of repute with younger male cheer athletes” within the time “main as much as, throughout, and following the distribution of the ‘Cheer’ docuseries.”

The 2 alleged male sufferers, now 15, have been 13 when the beside the point habits started, in keeping with the declare.

A few of the allegations are that Harris exchanged messages with the minors that have been “sexual in nature” by way of social media, together with requests for “particular” images and sending “sexually particular pictures and movies of himself to Plaintiffs,” the lawsuit stated.

“Harris’ messages weren’t restricted to digital harassment and abuse. Harris frequently tried to make Plaintiffs meet Harris in secluded places at quite a lot of competitions, soliciting sexual habits with those boys,” the lawsuit added.

A spokesperson for Harris instructed CNN, “We categorically dispute the claims made towards Jerry Harris, which can be imagined to have took place when he used to be a young person. We’re assured that once the investigation is done the real information shall be published.”

A spokesperson for Netflix had no remark.

America All Superstar Federation, Varsity Spirit and Cheer Athletics also are named within the lawsuit.

The lawsuit stated Harris, now 21, used to be “a trainer, teacher, mentor, consultant, and agent” of the 3 corporations, which “did not enforce affordable safeguards” to stop the alleged abuse.

The 3 corporations didn’t right away reply to CNN’s request for remark by way of electronic mail.

“Cheer,” which debuted in January 2020, follows the cheer group from Navarro School in Corsicana, Texas. Harris is one among a number of scholars whose tales have been spotlighted and captured the hearts and a spotlight of audience.

The sequence just lately received two Emmy Awards and is nominated for remarkable unstructured truth program, which shall be introduced throughout the final night time of the digital Inventive Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday.

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