Jordan Pruitt Claims Disney Enabled Sexual Abuse By Former Manager In Detailed Lawsuit
A former Disney star claims that she was sexually abused by her manager while working for the kid-centric company. Jordan Pruitt released music for multiple Disney soundtracks as a teenager, including Read it and Weep and Jump in! She also toured with The Cheetah Girls, Demi Lovato, and the High School Musical cast. The 28-year-old broke her silence on Tuesday, alleging her ex-manager Keith Thomas sexually abused her.
E! News reports that Jordan filed a lawsuit against Keith, her former record label Hollywood Records, and its parent company The Walt Disney Co. as they failed to prevent the alleged abuse. Her lawsuit included seven counts of sexual battery of a minor, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, negligent supervision, negligent retention/hiring, negligent failure to warn, train or educate and breach of fiduciary duty. The singer claims that the abuse began when she was 14-years-old and continued up until a week before her 16th birthday, and also that Keith groomed her mother and gained her trust, which enabled him to spend time alone with Jordan.
Jordan broke her silence on the abuse in an interview with Variety. She shared the interview with her followers via Instagram, writing: “3 weeks ago as ‘Jane Doe’ I filed a lawsuit against my molester and those who enabled him. No more Jane Doe. I am Jordan Pruitt. … #justice #metoo #SeeSomethingSaySomething”
In her interview with Variety, Jordan said: “Time and time again we see people in positions of power fail us. I couldn’t be more disappointed in how Disney treats their underage talent like cash cows.”
Having originally filed her case under pseudonyms, Jordan told Variety in her statement that she is speaking publicly “not only for myself, but for the countless victims across the world who have never been given the opportunity for justice. “It is extremely taboo for anyone to speak about sexual abuse, misconduct and exploitation of minors in the ordinarily conservative and genteel South.”
This reveal comes after Bella Thorne revealed she was molested while working for Disney. Could Jordan’s words be enough to take down The Mouse?