The lawsuit alleges that Harris “exploited his popularity and position of fame with young male cheer athletes” in the time “leading up to, during, and following the distribution of the ‘Cheer’ docuseries.”
The two alleged male victims, now 15, have been 13 when the inappropriate conduct started, in line with the declare.
Among 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 “explicit” images and sending “sexually explicit photos and videos of himself to Plaintiffs,” the lawsuit mentioned.
“Harris’ messages were not limited to electronic harassment and abuse. Harris often attempted to make Plaintiffs meet Harris in secluded locations at various competitions, soliciting sexual conduct with these boys,” the lawsuit added.
A spokesperson for Harris advised CNN, “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.”
A spokesperson for Netflix had no remark.
The United States All Star Federation, Varsity Spirit and Cheer Athletics are additionally named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit mentioned Harris, now 21, was “a coach, trainer, mentor, representative, and agent” of the three corporations, which “failed to implement reasonable safeguards” to stop the alleged abuse.
The three corporations didn’t instantly reply to CNN’s request for remark by way of e-mail.
“Cheer,” which debuted in January 2020, follows the cheer staff from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Harris is one of a number of college students whose tales have been spotlighted and captured the hearts and a focus of viewers.
The sequence just lately gained two Emmy Awards and is nominated for excellent unstructured actuality program, which can be introduced over the last night time of the digital Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday.