the latest case of Hollywood's spiralling sexual abuse scandal, Variety reports
that a veteran 58-year-old Disney executive has been charged with
three felony counts of child sexual abuse. Jon Heely, the longtime
director of music publishing at Disney, was arrested nearly a month
ago and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a
of the reported victims was 15. The other was abused for four years
starting at the age of 11, according to
attorney Robert Helfend said Heely “vehemently denies these
who oversees the licensing of music from Disney films, pleaded not
guilty on Thursday. If convicted, he faces up to nine years and three
months in prison according to The
the House of Mouse waited until yesterday to suspend the alleged
pedophile. A spokesperson claimed the company had only just learned of
upon learning of this situation tonight, he has been suspended
without pay until the matter is resolved by the courts."
attorney, Robert Helfend, denied the charges: “He vehemently denies
these allegations and we will be fighting until the end to clear his
name,” Helfend said. “It’s a shame, that’s all I’ve got to say."
has been with Disney since 1981. He oversees licensing of the
company's massive catalogue of film music. He also produced a series
of Disney concerts around the world, including “Fantasia Live in
Concert,” that feature orchestral performances and film clips.
punchline: Heely's Twitter bio reads, “Disney
Concerts and living to glorify God in all things.”