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Sexual harassment and child pornography: the scandalous resignation of the most famous clown of the Big Apple Circus in New York

“Grandmother, the clown “, an artist much loved by his fans, has resigned from his work at the  Big Apple Circus after accusations of having pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos.

“Grandmother, the clown”, during a show at the Big Apple Circus (AP)

The president of the circus, Neil Kahanovitz, told the newspaper on Tuesday The New York Times that Barry Lubin , 65, offered his resignation on Friday shortly after the complaint filed by the alleged victim.

In a statement released by his lawyer, Lubin apologized for his conduct and said that the accusations against him about sexual misconduct are true and that he takes full responsibility for his actions.

Barry Lubin (AP)

“The accusations are true,” Lubin said in a statement sent to the New York newspaper. “What I did was wrong, and I take full responsibility for my actions.”

The victim said that the incident occurred during the 2004 season of the circus in New York . In her remarks she added that although she was initially hired to work with the small entertainment group, Lubin eventually convinced her to model for her personal photography business in exchange for $ 100.

Big Apple Circus (Getty)

According to some media reports, the clown told the teenager that the photos would be used for a Japanese tattoo company. Then he convinced her to show some skin.

The acrobat said that she initially refused to take off her underwear as Lubin asked, but eventually persuaded her to strip while he continued taking pictures.

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