On Wednesday of this week, a Disney music executive was charged with alleged sexual misconduct with a child. He has been suspended from work without pay.
According to Variety, Jon Heely, 58, of Santa Clarita is accused of sexually abusing two underage girls. The incidents allegedly occurred about a decade ago.
The first girl claims that he abused her when she was 15. The charges suggest he began abusing the second girl when she was about 11, continuing until she was 15.
Disney immediately suspended Heely late on Friday after they were informed of the charges. A spokesman for the company issued a statement.
“Immediately upon learning of this situation tonight, he has been suspended without pay until the matter is resolved by the courts,” the spokesman said.
Heely’s arrest came on November 16 by deputies from the Santa Clarita station of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. He was then released on $150,000 bail.
The charges levied against him, which came to light as he appeared in court Wednesday, include three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. On Thursday at the San Fernando courthouse, Heely pleaded not guilty during his arraignment.
Heely’s attorney, Robert Helfend, denies the charges, saying of his client, “He vehemently denies these allegations and we will be fighting until the end to clear his name. It’s a shame, that’s all I’ve got to say.”
Heely oversees licensing of music from Disney films and has also produced a series of Disney concerts around the world. He’s been with the company since 1981.
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In related news, sources say that Capitol Hill will in the next few weeks explode with sexual misconduct allegations levied against lawmakers.