U.S. Cheerleading Franchise Denies Involvement In Widespread Sexual Abuse


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One of many largest cheerleading firms within the nation is denying mass accusations of sexual abuse at gyms unfold throughout the Southeast, James Pollard reports for the Associated Press.

Lawsuits filed by victims who describe abuse by coaches and others at Varsity Spirit gyms throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee allege that the corporate fostered unsafe environments at associate gyms, accommodations and Varsity-hosted competitions that put members in danger.

The corporate denies any accountability for the alleged assaults, notably as a result of coaches concerned in Varsity Spirit networks and competitions will not be employed by the corporate.

The gyms are represented by Thomas Clare, who has gained public discover these days for his illustration of Dominion Voting Methods in defamation instances in opposition to Sidney Powell and Rudy Guiliani.

Preliminary allegations in these instances in opposition to Varsity Spirit and the precise coaches and gymnasiums accused in sexual assault allegations had been first filed in September. No arrests have been made within the instances up to now.

One federal case, filed within the District of South Carolina by a Jane Doe, alleges that Scott Foster, a cheerleading coach and proprietor of Rockstar Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina, and his spouse Kelly Foster, allowed for an surroundings that led to the abuse and statutory rape of 1 15-year-old cheerleader.

The Jane Doe, in a criticism filed in October 2022, describes being dropped at a home social gathering by her coaches when she was 15 years outdated the place she was raped by one coach. The subsequent yr, she describes one other coach as sending her sexual messages and bare images on-line.

The criticism describes Scott Foster allegedly making feedback to her about having intercourse with one of many coaches and by no means intervening. The Doe on this case is the eight Doe to file a criticism in opposition to Varsity and different firms for abuse that came about at Rockstar Greenville.

Foster killed himself in August of this yr.

Audrey Nielsen is a TCR contributor.