What to Know
- A famed circus performer has resigned from the Big Apple Circus following sexual misconduct allegations
- Grandma the clown is accused of pressuring a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos
- Barry Lubin, in a statement released by his lawyer, apologized for his conduct, saying the allegations are true and he takes responsibility
A famed circus performer known as Grandma the clown has resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos.
The circus's chairman, Neil Kahanovitz, told The New York Times on Tuesday that 65-year-old Barry Lubin offered his resignation on Friday shortly after the alleged victim came forward.
In a statement released by his lawyer, Lubin apologized for his conduct, saying the sexual misconduct allegations are true and that he takes full responsibility for his actions.
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The female victim said it happened during the Big Apple's 2004 season in New York. She said she was at first hired to work with the mini-troupe, but then Lubin persuaded her to model for his personal photography business.