A $1 million lawsuit was filed on behalf of two teen boys who are accusing “Cheer” star Jerry Harris of grooming them to send nude photos and demanding sexual favors.
TMZ is reporting that the plaintiffs are twin brothers whose mother reported Harris to local authorities in July of this year. The FBI was notified in August and conducted a raid on Harris’ Illinois home on Monday.
The boys are part of the Fort Worth, Texas cheerleading community and first met Harris at a high-level competition in 2018.
At the time they met Harris, he had already filmed for Netflix’s “Cheer” docuseries and was well respected in the cheer community.
Apparently, things turned sexual soon after they met, and Harris began requesting “booty pics” from the boys, according to the publication, who claim they complied with the requests.
The boys are also accusing Harris of soliciting sex acts from them in person and that he sent sexually explicit videos and photos of himself. In one encounter described in the lawsuit, one of the brothers claim Harris took him into a bathroom during a cheer competition in 2019 and begged for oral sex, but the boy was able to flee from the bathroom when his brother and teammates repeatedly tried to contact him on his phone.
The boys were minors at the time of the alleged encounters, aged 13 and 14 years old at the time, while Harris was over 18.
The suit names organizations Harris coached for, such as United States All Star Federation and Varsity Spirit, as defendants in the lawsuit. There are said to be more minors that were sexually abused by Harris, according to the suit.