Published: Tue, September 15, 2020

Netflix 'Cheer' Star Jerry Harris Sued for Sex Abuse of Minors

Netflix 'Cheer' Star Jerry Harris Sued for Sex Abuse of Minors

One of the stars of Netflix's Cheer is under investigation by the FBI, accused of soliciting minors for sex.

According to USA Today, In Aug. 1 letters to police in Florida and Texas, Varsity's chief legal officer, Burton Brillhart, said the company had learned of "inappropriate sexual conduct" allegations against Harris and was reporting the information to authorities as required by law. According to a new report in USA Today, agents executed a search warrant on Monday at a home in Harris' native IL in conjunction with the investigation.

According to the report, the investigation is based on claims from Varsity Brands, a prominent company in the cheerleading-industry where Harris worked.

Harris rose to fame earlier this year in the Netflix cheerleading docuseries that followed the Navarro College Cheer Team of Corsicana, Texas. Some of the evidence offered included Snapchat screenshots where Harris allegedly wrote "Hey btw I found a place for us to do stuff it's actually pretty good haha".

"Cheer" star Jerry Harris, who rose to fame as the fun-loving cheerleader known for his pep talks aka mat-talks, is now under investigation from the FBI.

Last May, Harris posted to social media pictures and videos of him coaching athletes at the National Association Cheerleads camp which is a Varsity brand.

As popularity of the series grew, Harris went on to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well as covering the Oscars red carpet for the show.

In his letters, Brillhart describes Harris as a former employee who was not actively working for Varsity at the time of the alleged incidents. He has also inked endorsement deals with Schmidt's deodorant, Panera Bread and American Eagle, as well as racking up 1.2 million followers on Instagram.

A representative for the Federal Bureau of Investigation would only confirm that the organization was conducting "court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area", and offered no additional comment.

The statement continued: "Department of Justice policy prevents the FBI from commenting on the existence or nonexistence of any investigations that may be occurring".

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