Attorneys for two brothers filed a child sexual abuse lawsuit, alleging sexual exploitation and abuse, against Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris, the US All Star Federation, Varsity Spirit, LLC, and Cheer Athletics.
Harris is one of the stars on the Netflix show "Cheer."
The lawsuit alleges sexual exploitation and abuse by Harris, a representative and agent of the brothers when they were 13 years old. The victims in this case, are named John HS Doe and John HC Doe, to protect their right to privacy, are twin brothers.
According to the complaint, at or about the time they were 13-14 years of age, Harris began sending sexually explicit messages to the victims. A press release from the Manly, Stewart & Finaldi law firm, which is representing the victims, says "Among the messages, Harris would continue to demand that victims “send nudes,” expressly demand that these young boys send Harris child pornography, including pictures of their naked bodies."
According to the complaint, in or around February of 2020, their mother discovered various messages on their cell phones and social media, including some of the alleged, sexually explicit messages, images and videos.
“Varsity Spirit is trying to mislead the public by implying that they were the ones who took the initiative to report Harris to law enforcement. In fact, our clients’ mother took action to report Harris to USASF, Varsity Spirit and Cheer Athletics, including providing evidentiary proof of the manipulation, sexual harassment, and exploitation that her sons had suffered. She also took action to report Harris to law enforcement, including reporting Harris to Fort Worth Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation," Victims’ attorney John Manly said in a press release.
According to the complaint, the victims were only 13 years old and were competing in various cheerleading competitions sponsored and sanctioned by Varsity and USASF at the time they met Harris. The victims allege that Harris would attend these events as a coach, trainer and mentor. According to the complaint, Harris befriended the victims during these national competitions both in-person and via social media platforms.
The press release said Harris asked that the victims give him their phone numbers and social media account names. According to the press release, "Almost immediately, Harris’ messages turned sexual in nature, including demands that his victims send “booty pics,” which meant that Harris was demanding that minors transmit photographs of their nude buttocks to Harris. The complaint alleges that Harris’ grooming, harassment, and molestation of the two soon progressed, as Harris exploited the fact that the victims were openly gay."
The complaint further alleges that in February of 2019, while at the ACA Nationals competition at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Harris told John HC Doe to follow him to a secluded bathroom away from the other participants and asked him to perform a sexual act.