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Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for former Disney star Kyle Massey after he failed to appear in court on charges that he communicated with a 13-year-old girl for immoral purposes.
Massey was slated to appear in a Washington court room Monday for an arraignment, but missed the court date for a second time, causing the judge in the case to issue the arrest warrant.
“A judge signed a $100,000 warrant for his arrest,” Casey McNerthney, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office, told Oxygen.com in a statement.
Massey, who once starred in the Disney Channel series “That’s So Raven” and the short-lived spinoff “Cory in the House,” is facing allegations that he sent sexually explicit images and videos to a 13-year-old girl, who had been a long-time acquaintance.
The girl’s family sued Massey in 2019. The case was later dismissed after the victim’s lawyers determined that Massey “didn’t have enough money to make the case worth it,” according to charging documents in the case obtained by Oxygen.com.
Massey’s charge of immoral communication with a minor in King County stems from the same accusations.
According to authorities, Massey allegedly sent the teen, who he's known since she was 4 years old, a picture of his penis, a short pornographic video and another video that appears to show an erect penis, according to the court documents.
Massey “unequivocally” denied the allegations against him in an initial statement to People after the charges were announced.
His attorney, Lee A. Hutton, said in a statement obtained by Deadline that Massey believes the claims against him are extortive and were filed by the accuser in “revenge after losing the civil matter.”
“Massey intends to aggressively defend these accusations again and will seek civil damages from those that refuse to hear the facts,” he said.
Massey was originally slated to appear in court on June 28, but the arraignment was rescheduled for Monday after he failed to appear for the first court date.
Hutton told TMZ that his legal team made several phone calls to the King County District Attorney’s Office but has not gotten a response.
However, McNerthney said that the prosecutor of record in the case had not received any communication from his legal team or Massey himself.
“Further, Mr. Massey, nor any representatives of him, have filed anything in the Court docket,” he said, adding that it was “possible” that Massey’s attorney had called the wrong office.
Hutton went on to say that he was “concerned with the misrepresentations made in court” and said his office planned to investigate what he believes were failures in due process.
“Massey was never properly served or notified as represented to the court and the pleadings are procedurally and substantially deficient on its face,” Hutton said in the statement obtained by Deadline.
In response, McNerthney said the prosecutor’s office had “complied with Washington State law regarding notice” of the proceedings and said a summons for the initial arraignment was sent to a Los Angeles address, but was later returned to the sender.
He noted that Massey had previously acknowledged the case filing in other media and was aware of the new arraignment date because it had been heavily reported in the media.
“There is no misrepresentation here. Quite simply, Mr. Massey did not appear in court,” he said.
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