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How Cheer part 2 handles Jerry Harris child porn allegations

When Netflix documentary series Cheer released in early 2020, its viral success made a sequel inevitable. The performance, which followed an elite cheerleader at Navarro University in Texas, became an instant hit. But the year after the show premiered, a disturbing scandal raised questions about whether it could continue. In September 2020, fan-favorite Navarro cheerleader Jerry Harris known for his hugely positive activism, was arrested on federal fees production of child pornography and subsequently sexual exploitation. Viewers felt betrayed, as did Harris’ teammates and coaches. Part 2 of Cheer addresses all of this, as well as the personal accounts of two teenage boys whose civil lawsuit against Harris led to the initial criminal charges against him. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charges in December 2020.

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The first few minutes of Cheer Season 2 begins with Monica Aldama, head cheerleader coach at Navarro College, reflecting on how difficult the past year has been, followed by news footage of Harris’s alleged crimes. But after this introduction, the series turns back the clock to January 2020, just weeks after the show premiered and months before the pandemic hit the US. It was a golden era for the team, as some of the cheerleaders are now famous stars, taking photos, signing autographs and signing autographs. do Cameo videos on the side for extra cash. Harris is one of the biggest stars of them all, and the filmmakers aren’t shy about showing how his popularity has grown, with clips of Harris on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, on stage with Oprah and interview celebrities on the red carpet at the Oscars.

In addition to the initial introduction, Cheer did not directly address the allegations against Harris in the first four episodes of the season. Instead, it moves chronologically through the Navarro cheerleaders who were working on the NCA National Cheerleading Championships until their season was abruptly canceled. when COVID-19 access times. Episode five, titled “Jerry,” is dedicated to the allegations against Harris, reactions from his teammates and coaches, and first-hand account from the two boys who first accused Harris. (Harris’ attorneys declined a request to be interviewed on camera and have not made any statements about it.) Cheer Season 2.)

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Balance the victim’s story with teammates’ reactions

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Image of Jim Spellman / GettyJerry Harris discusses ‘Cheer’ at Build Studio on January 29, 2020 in New York City

“Jerry” strikes a balance between focusing the stories of Harris’ alleged victims of sexual harassment and capturing the heartache of those who have recently learned that their friends or loved ones were forced to sin. Several of his teammates from Navarro responded when they heard about Harris; Gabi Butler describes breaking down in sobs, and said that while she doesn’t condone his alleged actions, she still considers him family and wants to be there because he. La’Darius Marshall, who was particularly close to Harris, was clearly furious about the situation, especially, he said, because Marshall had suffered sexual abuse as a child (which he did). discussed in Section 1).

Twin brothers Charlie and Sam (who are still minors and have yet to be named) are given a lengthy interview in “Jerry”. They were the first victims to accuse Harris of sending sexually explicit social media and text messages, as well as asking one of them to perform oral sex. In a later interview with the FBI, Harris admitted soliciting and receiving child pornography of 10 to 15 minors, according to prosecutors. When he was 13, Charlie alleges in Cheer, Harris started messaging him on Instagram; Charlie and his twin brother Sam got into cheerleading and got to know Harris because of his celebrity cheers in the community. The documentary doesn’t offer any new details about Harris’s case, but does provide more insight into the emotional difficulties his accusers describe.

The twins said on the show that Harris had also started texting Charlie and that he had asked them to provide nude photos and videos. Their mother describes finding Harris’ messages in her son’s Snapchat account archive (some examples are also provided in the USA Today article broke the story). Charlie also described Harris cornering him in the bathroom at a cheerleading contest and begging him to have sex. Charlie said he ran out of the bathroom in disgust.

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A painful response from the cheering community

All over Cheer, there’s an overwhelming sense that these cheerleaders love and care for each other deeply, if for no other reason than the amount of time they spend together and the level of trust needed to give each other. But Sam and Charlie describe feeling ostracized from the cheerleading community after making their allegations. They said the other cheerleaders were furious because everyone loved Jerry Harris.

Charlie said in the documentary: “After Sam and I spoke up, almost any sense of community was ripped out of Sam and me. “It’s just terrible.”

Others involved in Harris’ case appear in the episode, including Sarah Klein, the attorney for the twins. She is the earliest known victim of health abuse by former American gymnast Larry Nassar. There’s also background information from USA Today journalists Marisa Kwiatkowski and Tricia L. Nadolny, who broke down the Harris story and launched a lengthy investigation into sexual misconduct in the world. cheer.

Harris remains in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, where he has been since September 2020 pending trial. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 15 years.

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Aila Slisco

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