FBI Investigating Star of Netflix Hit 'Cheer' in Underage Sex Scandal

FBI Investigating Star of Netflix Hit 'Cheer' in Underage Sex Scandal

USA TODAY, which first reported the allegations, said Monday that multiple sources told the newspaper that the FBI was investigating accusations that Harris solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from minors.

USASF did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the AP on Tuesday.

The allegations in question emerged in a USA Today report which said that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents executed a search warrant at Harris' home in Naperville, Illinois on Monday, after being told that he may have asked for sexually explicit photos and sex from minors.

Varsity Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart reportedly said that the company learned of these "inappropriate sexual misconduct" allegations against Harris before reporting it to authorities, writing in a letter to police: "As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future". He included a screenshot of a Snapchat message showing what appears to be Harris's face with the message: "Would you ever want to ****". No further details were released.

In May 2019, Harris shared on social media that he had recently taken on a new role, working for the National Cheerleaders Association, a Varsity brand.

The plaintiffs are minor twin brothers who are part of the cheerleading community in Fort Worth, TX - where they say they first encountered Harris around 2018 at high-level competitions and became acquainted. They also recounted incidents in which Harris allegedly harassed them at cheer competitions. "We are confident that when the investigation is complete the true facts will be revealed".

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An FBI spokesperson confirmed to Fox News that the bureau was conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in Harris' neighborhood.

The series recently won two Emmy Awards and is nominated for outstanding unstructured reality program, which will be announced during the last night of the virtual Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday.

The FBI said in a statement provided to the Associated Press that policy prevented the agency from commenting on "the existence or nonexistence of any investigations that may be occurring".

The Independent has contacted Netflix for comment.

In February, Harris starred as a guest presenter interviewing celebrities on the red carpet of the Oscars for the Ellen DeGeneres show.

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