Jerry Harris, star of Cheer on Netflix and former Joe Biden presidential campaign surrogate, has been raided by the FBI for allegedly soliciting photos and sex from minors.
FBI agents executed a search warrant at Harris’ home in Naperville, Illinois, on Monday afternoon.
The investigation was launched after allegations made against 21-year-old Harris by 14-year-old twin brothers.
USA Today spoke to the boys, who described a pattern of harassment, both online and at cheer competitions, that started when they were 13 and Harris was 19. It continued for more than a year. “Harris is accused of asking one of the brothers to have sex with him in 2019 at two Varsity cheerleading competitions,” the newspaper reports.
“The FBI is conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area,” Siobhan Johnson, FBI special agent and public affairs officer, told USA Today.
Harris, 21, is known for his role in Netflix’s recent “Cheer” docuseries, which followed a cheer team working to make it to the National Cheerleading Championship. USA Today reports, “In February, Harris stood on a Dallas stage beside Oprah Winfrey, who handed him her microphone and asked him to pump up the crowd with his signature ‘mat talk.’ The same month, he interviewed celebrities on the red carpet of the Oscars for ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’ In June, he filmed a short video with former Vice President Joe Biden, encouraging young Black voters to turn out on Election Day.”
The twin boys also provided USA Today with conversations that they had with Harris in which he allegedly sent messages explicitly requesting nude photos or sex.
Harris has not yet been criminally charged.