The lawsuit alleges that Harris “exploited her popularity and fame status with young male cheer athletes” during, and after, leading to the distribution of the ‘Cheer’ documentary. ”
According to the claim, the two alleged male victims, now 15, were inappropriate when the behavior began.
Amid these allegations, Harris exchanged messages via social media with minors with “sexual disposition”, including requests for “explicit” photos and “sending erotic photos and videos of themselves to the plaintiff” , The lawsuit said.
The lawsuit stated that Harris’s messages were not limited to electronic harassment and abuse. In order to urge sexual conduct with these boys, Harris often tried to get the plaintiff to meet Harris in secluded places.
A Harris spokesperson told CNN, “We explicitly dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which allegedly occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is complete True facts will come out.
A Netflix spokesperson did not comment.
The lawsuit also names the United States All Star Federation, Varsity Spirit and Cheer Athletics.
The lawsuit states that 21-year-old Harris was now “an instructor, trainer, mentor, representative and agent” of the three companies, which “failed to implement appropriate safeguards” to prevent alleged misconduct.
The three companies did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment via email.
“Cheer,” which began in January 2020, follows the Cheer team from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Harris is one of the many students whose stories were brought to the spotlight and caught the hearts and attention of the audience.
The series has recently won two Emmy Awards and has been nominated for an outstanding unstructured reality program that will be announced on Saturday during the last night of the Virtual Creative Arts Emmy Awards.