The lawsuit argues that Harris “exploited his popularity and reputation among young male cheering athletes” in the period “before, during and after the distribution of the” Cheer “docuseries.
The two alleged male victims, now 15, were 13 when the inappropriate behavior began, it said.
Among the allegations are that Harris exchanged messages with minors that were “sexual in nature” via social media, including requests for “explicit” photographs and sending “sexually explicit photos and videos of himself to Plaintiffs”, said the cause.
“Harris’ messages were not limited to electronic harassment and abuse. Harris often attempted to have Harris plaintiffs meet in secluded locations in various competitions, soliciting sexual conduct with these boys,”
A spokesperson for Harris told CNN: “We categorically contest the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.”
A Netflix spokesperson did not comment.
The United States All Star Federation, Varsity Spirit and Cheer Athletics are also cited in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit said Harris, now 21, was “a coach, trainer, mentor, representative and agent” of the three companies, which “failed to implement reasonable safeguards” to prevent the alleged abuse.
The three companies did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment via email.
“Cheer,” which debuted in January 2020, follows the cheering team at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Harris is one of many students whose stories were brought to light and captured the hearts and attention of viewers.
The series recently won two Emmy Awards and is nominated for the Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, which will be announced on Saturday during the last night of the virtual Creative Arts Emmy Awards.