The allegations in question emerged in a USA Today report that FBI agents executed a search warrant at Harris’ home in Naperville, Ill. On Monday after learning he may have requested photos. and sexually explicit sex with minors.
According to the USA Today article, the investigation is based on claims from Varsity Brands, a cheerleader industry company Harris worked with. In letters to police obtained by the publication, Varsity General Counsel Burton Brillhart said the company had been made aware of allegations of “inappropriate sexual conduct” against the “Cheer” star.
“Due to the recent allegation, we have banned this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future,” Brillhart wrote in an August 1 letter. .
Harris rose to prominence in the Netflix cheerleading series docuseries that followed the Navarro College Cheer Team from Corsicana, Texas, a town near Dallas. Harris’ appearances on the series were marked by his “dull-talk” enthusiasm and encouragement from his teammates.
Netflix declined to comment on Harris’ claims.
Harris has since appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and covered the Oscars red carpet for DeGeneres. He also signed endorsement deals with Schmidt deodorant, Panera Bread and American Eagle, and has racked up 1.2 million Instagram followers.
Marc Malkin contributed to this report.