Edmonton Oilers proprietor Daryl Katz and his authorized group are denying the allegations made towards him in a civil lawsuit.
The allegations within the civil go well with got here from dance instructor Mitchell Taylor Button and his spouse Dusty Button, who was previously a principal member of the Boston Ballet. The Buttons are at the moment concerned in a court case involving seven ballerinas who have accused them of sexual abuse.
As reported by CBC News earlier this month, the Buttons filed a third-party counterclaim in U.S. District Court in Nevada, admitting to having a consensual sexual relationship as a “throuple” with Sage Humphries, who’s the lead plaintiff within the go well with. The declare describes a “loving and supportive” affair which started in 2017, when Humphries was 18, however alleges she had been concerned in three earlier sexual relationships involving older males, together with Katz, when she was an underage teenager.
The third-party declare states that any damages needs to be paid by those that “actually engaged in illegal acts with her.”
The newly filed civil go well with claims that Katz paid the underage ballet dancer $75,000 for “sexual favors,” an allegation which has been refuted by Katz’s authorized group, claiming the cash alternate was a enterprise transaction concerning a film project Humphries was pitching to Katz.
Robert Klieger, authorized counsel for Katz, despatched this assertion concerning the go well with:
“Daryl Katz denies the allegations in opposition to him by Mitchell Taylor Button and Dusty Button with out reservation. There has by no means been a sexual relationship of any variety between Mr. Katz and Ms. Humphries.
“Critically, the allegations in opposition to Mr. Katz aren’t being made by Ms. Humphries. The accusations are as an alternative being made by the Buttons, who Ms. Humphries and 6 different girls have accused of exploiting their place of energy and affect within the dance world to sexually abuse younger dancers throughout the nation. Mr. Katz has by no means met the Buttons, and their false accusations in opposition to him are a clear and pathetic try to distract consideration from the abhorrent acts with which they stand charged.
“Media contemplating this matter are inspired to think about the background not solely of the Buttons but in addition of their lawyer, Marc Randazza, which is a matter of public document.
“Mr. Katz will vigorously defend his fame in opposition to these baseless and scurrilous claims and can search sanctions and damages in opposition to each the Buttons and their counsel for this frivolous and malicious assault on his character.”
Earlier Thursday in the article on CBC news, Humphries’ legal professionals stated the next:
“As is typical of abusers dealing with severe litigation, the Buttons have filed counterclaims that distract from and warp the reality and weaponize the intense allegations of abuse which were introduced in opposition to them.
“Their counterclaims falsely implicate others and are an unfounded attempt to portray the women they abused as liars.”
Klieger added Katz will defend his fame in opposition to the “baseless and scurrilous” claims within the go well with.