HIGHLANDS, NJ – Reports have recently surfaced that Bruce Springsteen was arrested back in November of 2020 under charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area while he was in his home state of New Jersey.
The 71-year-old singer is said to be expected to appear in court for the charges in the coming weeks.
Bruce Springsteen arrested for DWI, reckless driving in November https://t.co/8sGJZKZccs
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 10, 2021
According to a statement delivered by a public affairs officer at the Gateway National Recreation Area, the “Born in the USA” singer had found himself arrested on November 14th:
“On November 14, 2020, Bruce Springsteen was arrested in Gateway National Recreation Area and received three citations; DWI, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area.”
Reports indicate that Springsteen was, “cooperative throughout the process,” of his arrest and citations and should be slated to appear in court sometime in the near future to face the allegations against him.
Jeep’s Super Bowl star is a drunk driver.
BUSTED FOR DWI https://t.co/HiU8aHaiwz
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) February 10, 2021
The news of Springsteen’s arrest came just days after the singer had appeared in a Super Bowl advertisement for Jeep, where “The Boss” was calling for there to be unity within the country.
During the aired ad, Springsteen said the following:
“There is a chapel in Kansas standing on the exact center of the lower 48. It never closes. All are more than welcome to come meet here in the middle. It’s no secret that the middle has been a hard place to get to lately between red and blue, between servant and citizen, between our freedom and our fear.”
“Now, fear has never been the best of who we are and as for freedom, it’s not the property of just the fortunate few. It belongs to us all. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, it’s what connects us, and we need that connection.”
“We need the middle. We just have to remember the very soil we stand on is common ground. So, we can get there. We can make it to the mountaintop. Through the desert. And we will cross this divide. Our light has always found its way through the darkness. And there’s hope. On the road. Up ahead.”
Those are shared sentiments that are certainly commendable, but those very sentiments seem rather odd and contradictory of the sort of rhetoric Springsteen was spreading in the weeks leading up to the November 2020 election.
Bruce Springsteen says he’ll be 'on the next plane' to Australia if Trump wins reelection https://t.co/gynF8rxQio #FoxNews…Interesting,how people use this threat.The last time we had a whole lot of Hollywood celebrities swearing they would leave the States if Trump was elected.
— david g. koigi (@koigi3) October 16, 2020
Take for instance, back in October of 2020, Springsteen said during an interview that he would move to Australia in the event that Donald Trump were to be re-elected as the president:
“I love Australia. Every time, we have nothing but good times down there. It’s always a treat to come. Love the people, love the geography, great place for motorcycle trips, it’s close to our hearts.”
“If Trump is re-elected – which he will not be; I’m predicting right now he’s gonna lose – if by some happenstance he should be, I’ll see you on the next plane.”
— @craigblue (@HCraigBlue) October 30, 2020
Then, once again in October of 2020, Springsteen claimed during one of his radio shows that the “nation’s capital” was in need of an “exorcism” due to Trump being in office:
“It is time for an exorcism in our nation’s capital. Welcome to our Halloween/Election Day monster mash. This is Vol. 14 of ‘From My Home to Yours’ titled ‘Farewell to the Thief.’ In just a few days, we’ll be throwing the bums out. I thought it was a fucking nightmare, but it was so true.”
Such an amazing shift in perspective; to go from ‘I’m moving to Australia’ and saying the nation’s capital is in dire need of an exorcism to a few months later saying, “the very soil we stand on is common ground.”
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Speaking of arrests of celebrities, there’s been a recent roundup of some cast members from the Netflix series “Cheer” under charges related to sexually abusing minors.
Here’s that recent report from earlier in February.
Three people associated with the Netflix docuseries “Cheer” have been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct involving minors.
“Cheer,” an Emmy-winning Netflix original documentary series, follows the members of the Navarro College competitive cheer squad while they train to compete for the title at the junior college national championship.
In September 2020, Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris, one of the show’s stars, was accused in a lawsuit of “child exploitation and abuse” of twin brothers, age 13 at the time of the alleged abuse.
Jeremiah "Jerry" Harris, one of the students featured in Netflix's breakout docuseries "Cheer," is being accused of child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to a lawsuit filed this week by attorneys representing two alleged victims. https://t.co/lFRn3rwYbP
— CNN (@CNN) September 16, 2020
The lawsuit alleged that Harris:
“exploited his popularity and position of fame with young male cheer athletes… leading up to, during, and following the distribution of the ‘Cheer’ docuseries.”
It further alleged that Harris exchanged sexually explicit photos with the minors, and:
“Harris’ messages were not limited to electronic harassment and abuse.
“Harris often attempted to make Plaintiffs meet Harris in secluded locations at various competitions, soliciting sexual conduct with these boys.”
Approximately one week after this lawsuit was filed, Harris was arrested for “enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself.”
He was charged with one count of producing child pornography, and in October a judge denied him bond.
In December, 2020, Harris was indicted on seven counts in U.S. District Court in Illinois. New charges at that time alleged that he not only solicited photos from minor boys, but also solicited sex from minors while at cheerleading competitions.
— Lynn Shaw (@LynnShawProd) December 12, 2020
A spokesperson for Harris stated that Harris and his associates “categorically dispute[d]” the claims. Harris is presently awaiting trial.
The sexually-related arrests have not stopped there.
Recently, two more men associated with the show have made headlines for their arrests for sexual offenses.
Mitchell Ryan, 23, was a Navarro College cheer team member on the show.
He was arrested in Texas on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, and charged with “felony aggravated sexual assault of a child.” This assault allegedly occurred on June 24, 2020.
Ryan’s attorney, Jeremy Rosenthal, told USA Today:
“This has been a nightmare for Mitch and his family.”
“We look forward to Dallas County hearing the truth and this case being over.”
Rosenthal did not comment further on the case.
His client was released from jail Friday, February 5, after posting bond.
Two cheerleaders linked to the Netflix docuseries "Cheer" were arrested this week in separate cases relating to alleged sexual misconduct involving minors — the latest arrests connected to a show already tainted by allegations against star Jerry Harris. https://t.co/RbrsfmAQF8
— Marisa Kwiatkowski (@byMarisaK) February 5, 2021
Ryan was also suspended after his arrest by the U.S. All Star Federation (USASF), the governing body of competitive cheerleading.
However, according to USA Today, the timing of this suspension was representative of “pervasive failures” the federation has toward allegations of cheerleaders’ sexual misconduct with minors. The publication asserts that the USASF had known about the allegations against Ryan since October 2020.
Another man featured on “Cheer” was also arrested February 3 on unrelated charges.
Robert Joseph Scianna Jr., age 25, was arrested and charged with “taking indecent liberties with a child and use of an electronic communication device to solicit sex.”
Scianna is a celebrity cheerleader who was featured on one episode of “Cheer.”
According to Sergeant Winfred Lewis of the Chesterfield County Police Department in Virginia, Scianna messaged someone he thought to be a 14-year-old boy and arranged to meet the boy in real life. He was arrested before the meeting.
Also according to Lewis, this particular meeting was not connected to cheerleading.
Lewis did state, however, that:
“[Scianna] likely has a lot of possible contact with juveniles, with underage kids.”
Indeed, per his website, Scianna has coached 310 cheer camps and choreographed 140 cheer routines. He is pictured on the site instructing minors at camps and coaching sessions.
Sergeant Lewis indicated that the investigation is continuing, saying:
“Hopefully if there are any more victims out there that for whatever reason, maybe because of his stature, didn’t want to come forward, that they reach out to the police department so we can investigate further.”
Presently, Scianna is being held without bond in the Chesterfield County Jail.
Two male cheerleaders featured on the show “Cheer” on Netflix were arrested this week, reports USA Today, facing accusations of sexual misconduct involving minors. This is in addition to the show’s breakout star Jerry Harris, who was arrested last fall. https://t.co/mfDgKaD5L7
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) February 5, 2021
Like Ryan, Scianna has also been suspended by the USASF.
As for Netflix, the video streaming giant did not comment on these two most recent arrests.
According to USA Today, Netflix referred back to its original statement after Harris’ arrest, which read:
“Like everyone we are shocked by this news.
“Any abuse of minors is a terrible crime and we respect the legal process.”
At this writing, the show “Cheer” is still streaming on the Netflix platform.
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