Actor Gary Busey charged with sexual offenses at Monster Mania Convention



Actor Gary Busey has been charged with sex offenses after appearing as a guest at a horror movie and memorabilia convention earlier this month, police said.

Busey, 78, was widely promoted as one of several high profile guests attending the convention known as the Monster Mania Convention, which was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ, from August 12-14.

Cherry Hill Police confirmed in a statement Saturday that Busey had been charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact in the fourth degree, one count of attempted criminal sexual contact and one count of harassment.

“It was about contact. It was about touching.” Cherry Hill Police Lieutenant Robert Scheunemann told the Philadelphia Inquirer, adding that it received “multiple complaints” about the actor’s behavior.

Monster Mania allows fans to meet the stars of their favorite movies, pose for photos and buy merchandise.

Police said they were responding to a sex crime report over the weekend of the event that prompted investigators to indict Busey, of Malibu, California, on Aug. 19. appealedor anyone who has information to come forward.

“Monster-Mania is assisting authorities in their investigation of an alleged incident involving attendees and a famous guest at the convention in Cherry Hill, New Jersey last weekend,” the convention said in a Facebook post. “Immediately after receiving a complaint from those in attendance, the celebrity guest was removed from the convention and instructed not to return. Monster-Mania also encouraged attendees to contact the police to file a report.”

“The safety and well-being of all of our attendees is of the utmost importance to Monster-Mania, and the company will not tolerate any behavior that could compromise these values,” it continued.

Busey starred in more than 150 films, including Point Break,” “Under Siege,” “Lethal Weapon,” and the 1978 film “The Buddy Holly Story,” which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

In 1988, the actor suffered a serious brain injury after a motorcycle accident. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, which he told the Guardian cracked his skull and caused him to die briefly and come back to life after brain surgery.

A representative for Busey could not be reached for comment early Sunday morning.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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