Categories
Harris Jerry

Jerry Harris, star of Netflix’s ‘Cheer,’ charged with child pornography – Chicago Tribune

Chicago-area native Jerry Harris rocketed to fame earlier this year as the breakout star of the Netflix docuseries “Cheer,” parlaying his contagious exuberance into talk show appearances, an Oscars gig and more than a million Instagram followers.

But the young star’s image was shattered Thursday when FBI agents arrested him on child pornography charges, alleging he repeatedly coerced minor victims to send him obscene photos and videos of themselves and solicited sex from boys as young as 13 at cheerleading competitions.

Harris, 21, of Naperville, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of production of child pornography, which carries a minimum of 15 years in prison upon conviction.

Harris made his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, walking into the courtroom wearing a disposable face mask, red shirt and gray pants. He then stood next to his lawyer with his hands behind his back. Federal agents stood nearby.

Prosecutors told U.S. Magistrate Judge David Weisman they want Harris held without bond pending trial because he is a danger to the community and is accused of crimes of violence against children.

Harris’ lawyer said he intends to argue for his release, in part because Harris has asthma and uses an inhaler and is at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 behind bars.

Harris was ordered to remain in custody pending another hearing scheduled for Monday.

After Thursday’s 10-minute hearing was over, Harris kept his eyes to the ground as he was handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom. His lawyer, Todd Pugh, had no comment as he left the courthouse.

The criminal charges appear to be related to a lawsuit filed in Texas this week by two teenagers who accused him of “sexual harassment, exploitation, manipulation, intimidation and sexual abuse.” Harris has denied those allegations through a spokesperson.

“We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager,” the statement read. “We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.”

A manager for Harris could not immediately be reached.

“Like everyone we are shocked by this news,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. “Any abuse of minors is a terrible crime and we respect the legal process.”

Harris was arrested shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, three days after the FBI raided his home in an upscale Naperville neighborhood in the 2600 block of Evercrest Court. USA Today was the first to report on the raid and criminal investigation.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday its investigation is ongoing, and any other potential victims were encouraged to contact the FBI Chicago field office.

According to the criminal complaint, Harris first contacted one male victim on Snapchat in December 2018 and, over the next 15 months repeatedly enticed him to produce sexually explicit videos and photographs of himself and send them to Harris. The boy informed Harris during their initial online encounter that he was 13 years old, the complaint stated.

The victim’s parent discovered some of the images on the boy’s cellphone and confronted him, and he said that Harris had also solicited oral sex from him in a bathroom at a cheerleading event they both attended, according to the charges.

The boy told his parent Harris had also sought a second in-person sexual encounter at a different competition, according to the complaint. The parent then called law enforcement.

After the FBI raided Harris’ Naperville home on Monday, he admitted to agents during an interview that he had solicited lewd images and sex from the boy on numerous occasions, according to the complaint.

The complaint stated Harris also admitted to soliciting and receiving child pornography on Snapchat from “at least between 10 to 15 other individuals he knew were minors.”

The charges include numerous screenshots from the phone of the first victim — identified only as Minor 1 — including nude images purportedly demanded by Harris of the boy doing a cheerleading move called “the Needle.”

“doit naked take a video and show me,” Harris allegedly wrote, followed by a winking emoji.

Another screenshot contained a message allegedly sent by Harris in which he apologized for his behavior.

“I’m sorry for what I’ve done in the past,” the message read. “I don’t think it’s a good idea we be friends on Snap.”

The complaint lists a total of five minors who allegedly had sexual contact with Harris, including two who reached out to law enforcement and were interviewed earlier this week.

One of those boys — identified in the complaint as Minor 4 — said he’d met Harris at a party over the summer, where he told Harris he was 17. Harris later contacted the minor on Snapchat and asked him to send lewd photos of his body, which the boy initially refused to do, according to the complaint.

“Minor 4 described Harris as relentless and asking for naked photos of Minor 4 for three straight hours,” the complaint stated.

Harris eventually told the teen he was willing to pay for photos and sent money through on online service along with specific instructions on what he wanted, according to the complaint. Minor 4 later convinced an acquaintance, Minor 5, to also send Harris photos, the complaint alleged.

In all, Harris paid Minor 4 about $2,000 to $3,000 before ending the relationship on Aug. 22, when he sent Minor 4 a final $500 and instructions to block him on Snapchat, the complaint alleged.

Born in Hinsdale and raised in Bolingbrook, Harris rose to fame on the Emmy-winning “Cheer,” which premiered in January. The docuseries follows the competitive cheerleading squad at Navarro College in Texas.

Harris graduated in 2017 from Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, where he was a standout student, and studied at Navarro.

Viewers and celebrities took note of the way he enthusiastically motivated his fellow cheerleaders while they performed stunts, also known as “mat talking.”

He worked the Oscars red carpet in February as a correspondent for Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. He shared a stage with Oprah Winfrey, appeared in a sketch on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and recently got a surprise virtual visit from actress Gabrielle Union, who showered him with praise.

Since “Cheer” premiered, Harris has amassed more than 1.2 million Instagram followers and partnered with various brands. A representative for the Schmidt’s deodorant company said Thursday that its partnership with Harris has ended, saying “Schmidt’s is firmly committed to ensuring a safe environment for everyone. While we partnered with Jerry from May through July of 2020, we are no longer working with him.”

jmeisner@chicagotribune.com

Read More

Categories
Cowboys Jerry

As Cowboys’ Jerry Jones struggles with social justice protests, NFL’s younger coaches are leading way – Yahoo Sports

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford revealed over the weekend that the franchise has given players “the green light” to demonstrate during the pregame national anthem this season.” data-reactid=”16″ type=”text”>Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford revealed over the weekend that the franchise has given players “the green light” to demonstrate during the pregame national anthem this season.

“Just trying to find something that’s going to make a boom,” Crawford told reporters.

Los Angeles Rams in the prime-time Sunday game, are known as “America’s Team” and have a team owner, Jerry Jones, who has never appeared comfortable with player protests even as he has softened on the issue some.” data-reactid=”22″ type=”text”>Even a silent taking of the knee will, no doubt, accomplish that. The Cowboys, who visit the Los Angeles Rams in the prime-time Sunday game, are known as “America’s Team” and have a team owner, Jerry Jones, who has never appeared comfortable with player protests even as he has softened on the issue some.

Jones said on 105.3 The Fan last week, “everybody has a difference.”” data-reactid=”23″ type=”text”>“That’s the great thing about America,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan last week, “everybody has a difference.”

Fans will react in different ways, including some who decide to change the channel (for how long will be the issue for the NFL).” data-reactid=”24″ type=”text”>Whatever the Cowboys do will be significant. Fans will react in different ways, including some who decide to change the channel (for how long will be the issue for the NFL).

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has never been comfortable with player protests, even as other top NFL personnel move toward the front of the fight for social justice. (David Goldman/AP File)

If anything, though, Dallas is an outlier as the 2020 NFL season begins playing during a divisive time for the country. On many other rosters, it’s not coaches or management who are giving a “green light” for players to act.

They are actually often leading the fight for social justice. 

The league is full of a new generation of head coaches, and it appears that with it has come a new, more progressive way of looking at these issues. While the average age of head coaches entering the season is 50.3, a dozen teams have leaders aged 45 and under, including five who are 30-somethings. (In 2016, when Colin Kaepernick first took a knee, the average age was 52.8, with just four coaches under 45 and two in their late 30s.)

It’s a different league now. 

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia, 45, scheduled a lengthy open-dialogue team meeting following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He then encouraged his players to cancel practice that afternoon before joining them in a quick public demonstration. It was a first across the league.” data-reactid=”40″ type=”text”>Last month, Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia, 45, scheduled a lengthy open-dialogue team meeting following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He then encouraged his players to cancel practice that afternoon before joining them in a quick public demonstration. It was a first across the league.

“This is a player-led team,” Patricia said. “They are super intelligent and have some amazing things to say. I just have to listen and follow. Just proud of my players. … We want to be part of the solution.”

canceled one of their practices.” data-reactid=”44″ type=”text”>Days later in Green Bay, it was 40-year-old Matt LaFleur, not his players, who canceled one of their practices.

In San Francisco, it was 40-year-old Kyle Shanahan who didn’t just voice support for demonstrations, but criticized the critics for ignoring the message through the years.

“It’s embarrassing to say, probably, but I think white people are more passionate about it now than then,” Shanahan said earlier this summer. “And that’s our ignorance. And that’s what upsets Black people. And they have every right to be upset because they haven’t just been telling us this the last few weeks. They’ve been telling us this since our grandparents.”

In Cleveland, 38-year-old Kevin Stefanski believed taking time out of training camp to address social issues wasn’t an obligation, but an important tool in building a winner. 

“There has definitely been a push from me for our players to get to know each other as best we can, as fast as we can, under these circumstances,” Stefanski said last week.

This time, it feels different. 

The Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia, left, was one of the first NFL coaches to hold an open-dialogue session with his players and cancel practice after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Houston coach Bill O’Brien, 50, said earlier this summer that he’ll join his players in taking a knee during the anthem. “I’m all for it,” said O’Brien, whose team plays Kansas City in Thursday’s league opener.

Age isn’t the only factor here, of course. The world has changed. Opinions have evolved. Cultural issues are used daily as a wedge issue by powerful people to split the country. 

There are plenty of veteran coaches who are now following the NBA where outspoken leaders such as Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers and Steve Kerr are the norm. 

“We all need to work forward on this,” said Kansas City coach Andy Reid, 62.

At age 68, Seattle’s Pete Carroll is the oldest coach in the league (seven months Bill Belichick’s elder) yet he has long been supportive of players speaking up. Last month, he used part of his news conference to challenge white fans to consider the realities of the Black players they cheer.

“Our players are screaming at us,” Carroll said. “They just want to be respected.”

And even Belichick, who (fairly or unfairly) is the po

Read More

Categories
Falwell Jerry

Jerry Falwell Jr ‘enjoyed watching’ his wife have sex, alleged lover says – The Guardian

Giancarlo Granda, the man at the center of a sex scandal involving Jerry Falwell Jr, detailed on Friday how the evangelical leader and outspoken ally of Donald Trump enjoyed watching his wife and Gra…
Read More

Categories
Falwell Jerry

Jerry Falwell Jr quits Liberty University role amid sex scandal – BBC News

Jerry Falwell Jr in May 2src19

Image copyright
Reuters

Image caption

Jerry Falwell Jr took a leave of absence from Liberty University after posting a photo of himself on Instagram with his trousers unzipped

The head of a major US evangelical college has quit his job after being accused of hypocrisy.

Mr Falwell Jr came in for criticism after posting a photo of himself with his trousers unzipped on Instagram.

A business partner has also claimed to have been involved in a sexual relationship with Mr Falwell Jr, who heads Liberty University, and his wife.

The college has a strict honour code which bans sexual relations “outside of a biblically ordained marriage”.

A vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump, Mr Falwell Jr took over at the college in 2007 after the death of his father, Jerry Falwell.

Image copyright
Alex Wong

Image caption

Donald Trump attended the Liberty University commencement in 2017

Mr Falwell Sr founded the university in the 1970s as well as the conservative Moral Majority movement.

Back and forth

Jerry Falwell Jr first took an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty University earlier this month after posting a photo of himself with his trousers unzipped on Instagram.

On Monday, US media reported he had resigned, citing officials from the institution. Mr Falwell Jr denied the reports, telling Politico news site they were untrue.

The university issued a statement saying Mr Falwell Jr had changed his mind: “On the first day of classes of Liberty University’s fall term, Jerry Falwell Jr, agreed to resign as its President and from its Board of Directors, but following media reports about the resignation, withdrew it.”

In a further U-turn, Mr Falwell Jr eventually confirmed to ABC News and the Wall Street Journal that he had resigned.

The executive committee and board of the evangelical college said it would meet on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

What are the allegations?

Mr Falwell Jr was already under scrutiny for a photograph he posted online earlier this month. He appeared in the image with his trousers unzipped and his arm around a woman.

The image provoked outrage and charges of hypocrisy from the political right and left and Liberty University asked Mr Falwell to take an “indefinite leave of absence” soon after.

Further allegations emerged. Giancarlo Granda, a business partner of Falwell Jr’s, told Reuters news agency on Monday that he had a six-year sexual relationship with the evangelical leader and his wife, Becki Falwell.

“Becki and I developed an intimate relationship and Jerry enjoyed watching from the corner of the room,” Mr Granda reportedly said in an interview.

The college’s honour code states that “sexual relations outside of a biblically ordained marriage between a natural-born man and a natural-born woman are not permissible at Liberty University”.

A lawyer for Mr Falwell Jr told Reuters before their article came out that his client “categorically denies everything you indicated you intend to publish about him”.

On Sunday, Mr Falwell Jr released a statement to the Washington Examiner saying his wife had had an affair and that the man involved had threatened to “deliberately embarrass my wife, family, and Liberty University”.

He also spoke of the “emotional toll” the affair had had on him.

Read More

Categories
Falwell Jerry

Jerry Falwell Jr. will take a leave of absence from Liberty University – CNN

(CNN)Jerry Falwell Jr., the president and chancellor of Liberty University, has agreed to take an “indefinite leave of absence,” according to a statement Friday from the evangelical Christian university.

The leave of absence is effective immediately, the statement said. The executive committee of the university’s board of trustees made the request of Falwell. The board did not provide a reason for Falwell’s leave in its statement.
CNN has reached out to Falwell for comment. In a separate statement, Jerry Prevo, chairman of the university’s board of trustees, said the Lynchburg, Virginia-based university has “experienced unprecedented success” during Falwell’s 13 years as president.
“Unfortunately, with this success and the burdens of leading a large and growing organization comes substantial pressure,” Prevo said in the statement. “Today, my colleagues and I on the Liberty University Board of Trustees and Jerry mutually agreed that it would be good for him to take an indefinite leave of absence.”
Falwell — no stranger to controversy — has come under fire in recent days after posting a picture on Instagram that depicted him with his pants unzipped and his midsection visible to the camera. In the photo, Falwell is seen holding a cup of dark liquid with one arm around a woman whose shorts are also unzipped.
In a radio interview with WLNI, Falwell explained that the woman was his wife’s assistant. They were at a costume party and “it was just in good fun,” he added.
“You know, it was weird because she’s pregnant so she couldn’t get her (shorts) up and I was like, trying to like — I have a pair of jeans I haven’t worn in a long time so I couldn’t get mine zipped either,” Falwell said. “So I just put my belly out like hers.”
Falwell said he “should never have put it up and embarrassed her.”
He added, “I’ve apologized to everybody and I promised my kids I’m going to try to be a good boy from here on out.”
Prevo said the leave of absence decision “was not made lightly” and took into account “the interests everyone in the LU community, including students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, leaders of the Church, as well as the Falwell family.”
Rep. Mark Walker, a Republican from North Carolina and a member of a Liberty University advisory board, called Thursday on Falwell to resign, calling his ongoing behavior “appalling.”
“I just think there’s a code that leaders have to live by, especially when you’re leading the largest Christian evangelical university in the country,” Walker told CNN’s Brianna Keilar on Friday.

Read More

Categories
Jerry Reinsdorf

Jerry Reinsdorf: Bulls couldn’t have won 1999 championship because of Michael Jordan’s finger injury – CBS Sports

As little as Michael Jordan wants to hear it, Jerry Reinsdorf had a number of valid reasons for breaking up the Chicago Bulls after their 1998 championship. Not doing so would have created the most expensive roster in NBA history. Their aging roster may not have been equipped for another championship run. But the reason most would overlook? Jordan himself. 

As Reinsdorf recalled to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Jordan was not healthy during the 1998-99 NBA season. Why? Because of an incident with a cigar cutter that took place during that offseason’s lockout. 

“The thing nobody wants to remember,” Reinsdorf said, “during lockout, Michael was screwing around with a cigar cutter, and he cut his finger. He couldn’t have played that year. He had to have surgery on the finger, so even if we could’ve brought everybody back, it wouldn’t have made any sense.”

Jordan was already carrying an enormous load in 1998. He took more than half of Chicago’s shots in the championship-clinching Game 6 victory. Given his injury and the aging Chicago roster, Reinsdorf doesn’t believe that he could’ve carried them back to another title. 

“The fact is, it’s pretty obvious in 1998 that Michael carried this team,” he said. “These guys were gassed. He could not have come back because of the cut finger. But even if he could’ve come back, the other players [Steve Kerr, Luc Longley, Jud Buechler, Dennis Rodman] were going to get offers that were way in excess of what they were worth.”

Jordan made it perfectly clear in the final episode of “The Last Dance” that he thought the Bulls could have won a seventh championship. In his mind, it would have been as simple as bringing everyone back to do it. But it wouldn’t have mattered who was on Chicago’s roster if Jordan wasn’t. Perhaps Jordan wouldn’t have used the cigar cutter if he’d expected to play, but without engaging in such hypotheticals, it should be known that Jordan may not have even been healthy enough to defend his championship even if the Bulls had allowed it. 

Read More

Categories
Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld, Leah Remini & More Mourn Jerry Stiller – Access











Published on 11-May-2020

The comedy world is in mourning over the loss of Jerry Stiller. The comedy legend died at the age of 92 of natural causes, his son, Ben Stiller, announced on May 11. As the sad news spread, tributes poured in from many of Jerry’s famous co-stars, including “Seinfeld’s” Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander and “King of Queen’s” Kevin James and Leah Remini. “I will be forever grateful for the memories, the fatherly talks off screen and for the many years of laughter, the kindness he had shown to me and my family,” Leah wrote in part. “You will be so very missed Jerry.”

» SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/AHSub

» Visit Our Website: http://www.AccessOnline.com/

Get More Access:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/accessonline

Twitter: https://twitter.com/accessonline

Instagram: http://instagram.com/accessonline

Snapchat: OfficialAccess

About Access:

“Access” is a nationally syndicated daily entertainment news show. “Access” delivers the most comprehensive coverage of entertainment news and personalities on television, featuring in-depth celebrity interviews and behind-the-scenes accounts of the most important events in Hollywood.

Jerry Seinfeld, Leah Remini & More Mourn Jerry Stiller

https://www.youtube.com/accessonline

#AccessHollywood

#JerryStiller

Read More