GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Attorneys with Strom Law Firm and James Bannister of Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC held a press conference Tuesday morning to answer questions about legal action the firms plan to take against Rockstar Cheer, Varsity Spirit and the U.S. All Star Federation (USASF).
This is after several law firms announced legal action, alleging sexual misconduct, against the Greenville-based cheerleading and dance school just a few days after its owner, Scott Foster, died. The Greenville County Coroner’s Office said Foster took her own life on August 22.
Strom Law Firm said it is representing “several victims” regarding “incidents going back 20 years with a number of potential victims.”
“These institutions have convinced parents, guardians and those who take care of them that, ‘We will take care of your children,'” said Jessica Fickling, lawyer of the Strom Law Firm. “Instead, they abused them physically, sexually and mentally.”
According to the lawyers, they were first informed about the alleged abuse about two months ago when the children came forward. Since then, they said they uncovered evidence that this abuse took place in Greenville County and during competitions that were outside the city.
“They were attacked in tournaments that were run by Varsity Spirit that were sanctioned by the USASF in hotel rooms and bathrooms,” said Bakari Sellers, an attorney with the Strom Law Firm.
The lawyers claimed that the founder of Rockstar Cheer, Scott Foster, was part of the abuse.
“Mr. Foster, on numerous occasions, pimped out young women with alcohol and marijuana,” Sellers explained. “We have cases of Mr. Foster not only having sex but shouting at young women. We have a video of Scott Foster on Snapchat with beer bongs drinking with cheerleaders under his age.”
But, they believe there were other abusers as well as people who covered up the abuse.
“They did their best to silence, silence and intimidate the people who were victimized,” explained Alexandra Benevento, a lawyer at the Strom Law Firm.
“I think there are other individuals who were involved in sexual abuse,” said James Bannister of Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC. “We also think that there were other individuals who knew what was happening and facilitated the bringing in and out of girls to put them in a position where they were compromised.”
According to attorneys, state and federal agencies are investigating Rockstar Cheer. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office told 7NEWS it “cannot confirm” whether it is investigating these allegations. The South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement said it was “not involved.” A DHS spokesperson told 7NEWS Monday they could not disclose if a person is under investigation.
The attorneys also said that law enforcement has some of Foster’s computers and personal communication devices in their custody.
“We anticipate there will be more evidence to come from this,” Bannister said.
7NEWS asked advocates if the kids who attend Rockstar Cheer could still be in danger.
“We don’t know because we haven’t completed the investigation, and we don’t know who other perpetrators might be,” Bannister said. “We know there’s at least one more out there. Whether those individuals are or are employed in other facilities, we simply do not know. I encourage parents to be very cautious and aware to understand that just because there is a certification in a gym, it may or may not be a green gym.”
Kathy Foster, Scott Foster’s wife, released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
I am heartbroken by the recent allegations made by current and former athletes from Rockstar Cheer and other cheer gyms throughout our community. I hope survivors are seeking and receiving the support they need. I empathize with their stories, and I will cooperate with all involved to ensure that our athletes learn and grow in a safe environment.
At this time, I am focusing on providing the necessary support to my children, as they come to terms with the loss of their father.
Rockstar Cheer has several locations in the Southeast, as well as Arizona, Ohio and Rhode Island.
The owners of Rockstar Cheer franchises across the country released a joint statement Monday, saying they will be changing their name and rebranding in light of the charges against Foster.
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Is Rockstar Cheer closing down?
Last night I announced that Rockstar Cheerleading and Dance is closing its doors indefinitely. This may interest you : Group, cheerleaders, fans rally around their team | Sports | daytonatimes.com. Although this was a difficult decision, I believe it is the best choice under the circumstances.
Where is Rockstar Beatles cheer? It was founded by Scott Foster and his wife Kathy in Greenville, South Carolina. They are home to the popular Beatles cheer team, which won the gym two world titles.
What happened to Rockstar Cheer? Rockstar Cheer, a cheerleading gym based in South Carolina, involved in a sexual abuse scandal. Scott Foster, 49, the founder of Rockstar Cheer, died by suicide on August 22. A week later, his property and gym were hit with two lawsuits alleging sexual abuse.
How many locations does Rockstar Cheer have?
Rockstar Cheer has 16 locations across the country and in South Carolina, including Columbia, Greenville, Charleston, and Rockhill. This may interest you : Winton Hills football, cheerleading practice interrupted after man shows up with gun.
What happened to the Rockstar Cheer gym? The abuse is alleged to have occurred while the defendants were coaching at Rockstar Cheer and Dance Inc. The Greer-based competitive cheerleading gym closed in September amid allegations of abuse against Foster, the deceased and its founder.
Why is Rockstar Cheer closing down? Rockstar Cheerleading and Dance in Greer is closing after the death of its owner and two lawsuits, which include claims of sexual abuse by cheerleading coaches and the late owner. Scott Foster, who owned Rockstar Cheerleading and Dance in Greer, died by suicide on August 22 in Paris Mountain State Park.
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