Former Disney star Kyle Massey has denied claims of sexual misconduct involving a minor, days after he was sued over the allegations.
A 13-year-old girl and her mother filed a lawsuit against Massey on Friday accusing the actor of sending sexually explicit material to a minor, People reports. They are seeking $1.5 million.
The 27-year-old former child star, who starred alongside Raven Symone in Disney Channel's “That’s So Raven” in 2003, issued a firm denial via his attorney Lee A. Hutton, III on Monday.
“No child should ever be exposed to sexually explicit materials and I unequivocally and categorically deny any alleged misconduct,” reads a statement obtained by People.
He went on to suggest that his accuser had previously attempted to extort him, writing, “In early 2019, Plaintiff’s attorneys demanded $1.5M threatening to go public to destroy my career if I did not comply. My family and I rejected this extortion attempt because I have faith that the legal process will reveal the truth.”
“I have retained attorney Lee A. Hutton to guide my family and me through the process and I ask my fans and the general public not to jump to conclusions based on the allegations alone but reserve judgment until the whole story comes to light, proving these allegations baseless.”
Massey’s alleged victim, whose name has been kept private, said that she met Massey in 2009 when she was 4 years old. They kept in touch over the years, as she was interested in a career in entertainment. She alleges that Massey invited her to visit and stay with him and his girlfriend in Los Angeles, California in order to find an agent, but soon after the invitation, he began sending her sexually explicit messages, photos, and videos, according to court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight.
The girl and her mother claim that Massey, who they say initially presented himself as a “father figure” to the child, asked to be friends with the girl on Snapchat, after which point he sent her “numerous sexually explicit text messages, images, and videos,” People reports.
The suit states that Massey was made aware via text message that the girl, who lives in Seattle, Washington, was in the eighth grade, according to the outlet.
She sued Massey for intentional infliction of emotional distress, sending harmful matter with intent of seduction of a minor, attempting to commit a lewd act with a minor, and annoying or molesting a minor, according to Entertainment Tonight.
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