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Gabi Butler Shares Emotional Response to Jerry Harris’ Sexual Abuse Allegations (Exclusive)

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Gabi Butler Shares Emotional Response to Jerry Harris' Sexual Abuse Allegations (Exclusive)

Following the September 2020 arrest of Jerry Harris on child pornography charges To cheer describes the subsequent aftermath and how the scandal affected the Navarro squad. In addition to speaking on camera in Season 2, Gabi Butler also speaks to ET about the charges against her former teammate and where their friendship stands now.

“I was very shocked and obviously devastated. It was like my heart was sinking to the bottom,” Butler says now, adding that the arrest and charges against Harris were “the most devastating” thing she ever endured during her two years at Navarro College. “It’s very difficult because the Jerry I knew is the Jerry you guys saw [on TV] and it was the one that lifted people up when they were down. He was the positive one who always made you smile and laugh. And even on your worst day, you know, it was like he was just there and smiling. That was the Jerry I knew.”

She adds, “It’s certainly been a very tough time.”

In the powerful midseason episode “Jerry,” Butler is one of many teammates who respond to news of the Season 1 breakout star’s arrest and his ongoing legal scandal. It also includes an on-camera interview with twin brothers Charlie and Sam, who detail what they think happened between them and Harris.

A Harris spokesperson previously told ET that the To cheer Star denies all allegations against him. “We categorically deny the allegations against Jerry Harris which allegedly arose in his youth,” the statement said. “We are confident that once the investigation is complete, the real facts will come to light.”

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“I was here in my room when I got the call about Jerry,” Butler reveals in the docuseries. “And immediately my heart sank, my heart completely. I really thought I was living in a bad dream. I literally couldn’t wrap any of it, couldn’t wrap my head around any of it. I felt like someone just died.”

“I don’t agree with what he’s been accused of, or I don’t condone it at all. And it’s very unfortunate and it breaks my heart. But it’s literally like your family. How are you supposed to hate your family?” says a tearful butler later in the episode. “So I feel like people expect me to say, ‘Well, you should hate him and you should never talk to him again.’ But the thing is, I can’t. Like, I can and I won’t. I can’t turn my back on him because he was there for me when I needed him.”

While speaking with ET, Butler shares that she is still in touch with Harris, who is being held at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center pending his trial. “I basically text him the same way Monica did,” she says, referring to the show-revealing letters he sent to his former coach. “I’ll be hearing from him from time to time.”

And Butler still stands by what she said on camera. “What I said then is exactly how I feel to this day. My feelings will never change and I stand by what I said,” she tells ET. “I think he will always have a place in my heart that I believe will never just go away because that was my family. I find the whole situation very sad and of course cheerleading should be a safe place for everyone. It should be a safe place. So it’s more of a love the sinner, hate the sin kind of situation. This love doesn’t just go away. But of course I don’t condone what happened. But his case is still open, so I’m… kinda sitting back and hoping for the best.”

She also says that cheering should be a safe space for everyone involved. “I definitely think there are things overall that need to be fixed. There are situations like this that happen a lot more often in cheerleading than people even realize, and I think overall, yes, we can do a much better job of keeping cheerleading safe,” she concludes.


To cheer season 2 now streaming on Netflix.

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