The proprietor of the Edmonton Oilers is confronting allegations he paid a teen ballet performer $75,000 in return for sexual blessings, as per a common suit covered by CBC News.
An outsider counterclaim in US District Court in Nevada charges Canadian tycoon Daryl Katz was in a sexual relationship with ballet dancer Sage Humphries when she was an underage high schooler.
The counterclaim is because of a 2021 claim that was recorded against dance instructor Mitchell Taylor Button and his better half, Dusty Button, by Humphries and other ballet performers who blamed the couple for sexual maltreatment, the Canadian outlet revealed.
Recently, the couple recorded the outsider counterclaim that charges the Buttons were in a consensual
“throuple sexual relationship”
with Humphries when she was 18, yet additionally guarantees Katz and two different men had sexual associations with the Humphries when she was underage, CBC News revealed. The case tries to consider the men answerable for any harms.
“Humphries was literally a child prostitute to a billionaire,”
the claim alleges,
“and her mother assisted her in laundering the money she was paid and in trafficking her to Katz.”
One exhibit from the court filing obtained by CBC News shows texts allegedly exchanged between Katz, when he was 53, and Humphries when she was 17. It wasn’t clear how the messages were obtained for the civil suit.
“If my guys send u funds will u spend it on/keep it for yourself?”
Katz allegedly wrote.
“And just between us? Even though u r wise beyond your years given our respective ages it would be taken the wrong way.”
“Yes .. Just between us,”
Humphries allegedly replies.
“OK will have one of my guys email u. He will send you 50K,”
Katz then allegedly replied.
Katz’s attorney, Robert Klieger, denied the allegations against his client, calling them
“baseless and scurrilous.”
He told CBC News Katz never had a sexual relationship with Humphries, though the two met twice in 2016 to discuss a project the teenager was pitching to Katz’s film company, Silver Pictures.
Klieger said he could not verify the authenticity of the texts in the court filing, CBC News reported, but Katz did arrange for $75,000 to be sent to Humphries as part of a business deal.
“They ultimately decided to pass on the project. But during the period of time that the project was under consideration, they asked for some help to keep with the funding of the project to keep it going. And that’s the $75,000 that is at issue,”
The lawyer for Humphries and the other dancers suing Taylor Button and his wife dismissed the counterclaim as a “meaningless sideshow” in a statement to CBC News.
“As is typical of abusers facing serious litigation, the Buttons have filed counterclaims that distract from and distort the truth and weaponize the serious allegations of abuse that have been brought against them,”
wrote lawyer Sigrid McCawley.
An attorney representing Taylor Button and his wife, who was once a principal member of The Boston Ballet, declined comment to CBC News.