Veteran actor Gary Busey was reportedly charged Friday with sexual offenses. According to police and media reports, the 78-year-old actor faces several sex offense charges in connection with incidents during a horror fan convention. This was the Monster Mania Convention in the Philadelphia suburb of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, this month.
Known for his roles in the films “The Buddy Holly Story” and “Point Break,” Busey was a featured celebrity at the convention. He was scheduled to appear as a guest at the event for all three days, starting from August 12 through August 14. Several Instagram photos also prove that he was indeed in attendance.
Following the convention, police responded to a Doubletree Hotel near Philadelphia that was hosting Monster-Mania Con for the report of a sex offense. The police had charged an unnamed “78-year-old Malibu, California resident” with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, one count of attempted criminal sexual contact, and one count of harassment.” However, several sources confirmed that the veteran actor was the unnamed suspect.
Cherry Hill Police Chief Robert Kempf said three women had come forward alleging that Busey groped and touched them inappropriately during a meet and greet. Court records indicate the alleged offenses occurred on August 13, but the police provided no further information.
According to a report from The Associated Press, the charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred during the convention. A law firm representing Monster-Mania said in a statement to ABC News that there was an “alleged incident involving attendees and a celebrity guest” at the Cherry Hill convention.
The firm added that “the celebrity guest was removed from the convention and instructed not to return” following complaints. The spokesman, Moustakas Nelson, added that “Monster-Mania also encouraged the attendees to contact the police to file a report” and will assist authorities in their investigation. Nelson said, “The safety and well-being of all our attendees is of the utmost importance to Monster-Mania, and the company will not tolerate any behavior that could compromise those values.”
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Busey has been the subject of at least one similar accusation. According to a report from The Daily Beast in 2017, a female staffer on Trump’s NBC series “The Apprentice” accused the actor of groping her while they were outside for a smoke. Several other employees for this series reportedly confirmed her story.
She claimed, “We were smoking cigarettes outside, and Busey was standing next to me. And then at one point, he grabbed me firmly between my legs, and ran his hand up my stomach, and grabbed my breasts. I didn’t know what to do. So I made this joke that, ‘Oh, I’ve never been sexually harassed by a celebrity before!’ Then he grabbed my hand and put it [over] his penis, and said, like, ‘I’m just getting started, baby.'”
Busey is scheduled to appear in the Camden Superior Court at the end of the month. The investigation is ongoing. Police urged anyone with tips or information to contact Detective Robert Daniello as the investigation continues.