FBI Investigating Netflix's 'Cheer' Star Jerry Harris for Allegedly Soliciting Sex from Minors

Tuesday September 15, 2020

The FBI is investigating Jerry Harris, the openly gay breakout star from Netflix's docuseries "Cheer," for allegedly soliciting sex from minors, according to a report from USA Today.

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

FBI agents had a warrant to search Harris' home in Naperville, Ill. on Monday, but USA Today notes that he has not been criminally charged.

"The criminal investigation is based on allegations brought by 14-year-old twin brothers. In interviews with USA Today, the boys described a pattern of harassment, both online and at cheer competitions, that started when they were 13 and Harris was 19. They said it continued for more than a year," the outlet writes. "Those allegations were also reported to police by Varsity Brands, a private company that dominates the cheerleading industry, handling everything from uniform sales to major competitions. Harris is accused of asking one of the brothers to have sex with him in 2019 at two Varsity cheerleading competitions."

USA Today also provided screenshots of text messages Harris allegedly sent the boys at the time as well as a more detailed report from the twins. Click here to read the publication's full report.

"Cheer" became a cultural hit earlier this year with Harris the breakout star from the series, which follows the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team as they compete in the National Cheerleading Championship.