'Cheer' star Jerry Harris disputes sexual misconduct claims

Carla Harmon
September 15, 2020

Federal agents raided the IL home of Jerry Harris, who gained notoriety due to his role in the Netflix documentary Cheer, Monday afternoon as part of a probe into messages sent to minors asking for explicit photos and to meet for sex. According to a new report in USA Today, agents executed a search warrant on Monday at a home in Harris' native IL in conjunction with the investigation.

According to USA Today's report, agents executed a search warrant Monday afternoon at a home in Naperville, Illinois, as part of that investigation. "We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed".

Harris rose to prominence in the Netflix cheerleading series docuseries that followed the Navarro College Cheer Team of Corsicana, Texas, a city near Dallas. In letters to the police obtained by the publication, Varsity's chief legal officer Burton Brillhart said the company was made aware of "inappropriate sexual conduct" allegations against the "Cheer" star.

Netflix declined to comment on the Harris allegations.

One is supposedly of a Snapchat message that includes a portion of what appears to be Harris's face with the text, "Would you ever want to ****".

In Brillhart's letters to police, he described Harris as a former employee who was not working for Varsity at the time of the alleged incidents, according to USA Today. It was nominated for six Emmy awards.

"The FBI is conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area", FBI special agent and public affairs officer Siobhan Johnson told USA Today.

Harris has since appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and covered the Oscars red carpet for DeGeneres.

Harris, who has amassed more than 1.2 million Instagram followers, also partnered with a number of companies for various advertising campaigns, including Walmart, Cheerios and Starburst.

A representative for Varsity Brands did not respond to Yahoo's request for comment.

The statement continued: "Department of Justice policy prevents the FBI from commenting on the existence or nonexistence of any investigations that may be occurring".

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