The breakout star from the Netflix cheerleading docuseries Cheer is being sued.
Two 14-year-old twin brothers have claimed that Jerry Harris wrote them messages of a sexually explicit nature on social media, asked them for nude pictures, and sought oral sex from one, threatening “imminent physical bodily injury without [the boy’s] consent,” according to Entertainment Weekly. On Monday, a petition was filed with the District Court of Tarrant County in Texas.
The boys were reportedly “star struck” when, as 13-year-olds, they met Harris, one of the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team members featured in the popular show. He allegedly had them stay in contact “in person, by phone, and via social media,” according to the suit. It claims that he “violated his role as a mentor, trainer, coach, sexually violated the Plaintiffs, and used his position of authority and power over the Plaintiffs.” The suit comes following a report from USA Today about the FBI investigating claims of “inappropriate sexual conduct” by Harris.
The plaintiffs are seeking more than $1 million in damages for, they allege,”medical and psychological treatment, therapy, and counseling” due to the “great pain of mind and body, shock, emotional distress, physical manifestations of emotional distress including embarrassment, loss of self-esteem, disgrace, humiliations, and loss of enjoyment of life.”
A spokesperson for Harris said in a statement to People: “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 completed, the true facts will be revealed.”
According to the plaintiffs’ attorney John Manly, the twins’ mother says she reported Harris to United States All Star Federation, Inc., to Varsity Spirit, and to Cheer Athletics (he worked in some capacity for each, and all three are named in the suit) and gave “evidentiary proof of the manipulation, sexual harassment, and exploitation that her sons had suffered.” She also gave that information to the Fort Worth Police Department and the FBI.
LPBW’s Amy Roloff Gets Candid About Leaving Family Farm After 30 Years on Season 21 Premiere: It’s ‘Not Easy’
Out with the old, and in with the new. Amy Roloff opened up about how difficult it was to leave the family farm after 30 years on the season 21 premiere of Little People, Big World, which aired on Tuesday, September 29.
The TV personality, 56, said it had been a bittersweet time in her life, with many blessings to be excited about as well as many memories to leave behind.
“I got engaged, I bought a house and I have two new grandchildren. Chris [Marek] hasn’t moved into the house full-time, but we are working hard to make this house our own. Life on the farm has definitely changed for me. I’m very excited to see where my life goes, but definitely leaving the farm after 30 years is not easy,” she shared while seated alongside her fiancé in a confessional.
Amy said she would be getting everything prepared by the holidays so she could have a smooth transition. “I’ll be moving in my bedroom set, washer and dryer, some other basic things,” she revealed. “It will feel strange not to be waking up each morning at the farmhouse, but … I’m excited for this new adventure.”
Her husband-to-be was also looking forward to having new digs together, revealing he lived alone “nearly all” of his adult life and was grateful the relocation was going to be a “slow process” because that would be ideal for both of them.
The TLC star fully moved out of the home she shared with her ex-husband, Matt Roloff, 58, in January 2020, and fans are now getting to see it play out.
“Amy’s living on the north side in the big house, which we still own together. Since she bought a new house, she’s going to be moving out soon, so we’re going to need to figure out what we want to do with that side of the farm,” Matt explained while discussing his buyout plans with girlfriend Caryn Chandler on the premiere.
Matt said he wanted to get it taken care of so their family could “have closure” following their 2016 divorce. Caryn expressed her worries and told him to “table his expectations” since Amy didn’t usually make quick decisions, however he was hopeful they could come to a mutual agreement and move on with their lives.
Fans are glad to see Matt and Amy trying to work through their differences, although we suspect there will be some clashing along the way!
CNN cans all but four of its NYC-based makeup artists
Call it glow down?
Sources say CNN has let go of nearly all its makeup artists, leaving just four at its NYC studios. The artists learned of the layoffs on a company call last week, we hear. Most CNN reporters have been doing their own makeup for on-air spots during the pandemic.
We hear that top talent will still be professionally made up, such as Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Brian Stelter.
An insider told us: “It’s an industry-wide problem. We had full-time makeup artists and freelancers … The staff have been paid since the pandemic started, which doesn’t make financial sense.”
Sideshow’s Virtual Con Returning With Sideshow New York Con in Fall
Sideshow’s virtual con returning with Sideshow New York Con in fall
Following the rousing success of this summer’s Sideshow Con 2020, a first-of-its-kind experience for the collectibles company, this fall’s Sideshow “New York” Con 2020 will keep collectors and fans entertained and excited with new product reveals and announcements from the industry’s leading artists and manufacturers.
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While most physical conventions have moved entirely into the digital realm, Sideshow New York Con will recreate their bold custom-made installation that debuted during the summer show season, with updates to the format to keep fans engaged throughout the week. This secure and private environment captures the spirit of the incredible “pop culture art gallery” style presence that Sideshow traditionally exhibits at shows like New York Comic Con in order to augment the comprehensive virtual streaming experience for audiences at home.
“Once again, we’re building a bespoke physical space at Sideshow Studios – but this time in the form of an intimate museum/art gallery-style venue – with podium displays with fine art on the walls, and beautiful pop culture dioramas showcasing statues and figures by Sideshow, Hot Toys, PCS Collectibles, Iron Studios, Tweeterhead, Unruly Industries, Atomic Misfit, and more,” Sideshow PR Manager Andy Smith said in a statement. “Sideshow will be sharing a wealth of social media content throughout the event, including live-streamed booth tours, photos, interviews, and contests – and we’ll be showcasing different displays every single day!”
Sideshow Con’s summer 2020 swag bundle was an instant sell-out, with the fall swag bundle- complete with a collectible pin, an event T-shirt, and a promotional code- expected to be equally as popular. Fans who purchase this limited edition swag bundle will also receive a free bonus Stan Lee collectible pin celebrating the comic book legend and the city that never sleeps. Fans can also score reward points for their Sideshow account during the event, meaning there are plenty of chances to collect throughout the convention.
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Sideshow New York Con offers fans a chance to engage closely with their favorite products, artists, and fandoms without lines, crowds, or taxis- the only traffic here is web traffic! Access to Sideshow’s full convention experience has never been easier with comprehensive product livestreams, as well as creator interviews, up-to-the-minute reveals and announcements, and other content features that bring all of the news right to you from October 6-11.
Fans can sign up for free pre-registration for the virtual event here!
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