UPDATE: After Kyle Massey was charged with immoral communication with a minor on Tuesday, his attorney called the allegations “extortive” and “stale” in a statement sent to Variety on Wednesday night.
“It is unfortunate that Kyle Massey had to learn through the media yesterday that the 2019 allegations have resurfaced in the State of Washington a year after their dismissal,” Massey’s attorney Lee A. Hutton said in the statement. “Massey claims that the allegations then and now are extortive. The statements made to the police regarding the accuser’s own counsel’s advice seem peculiar, tearing away the veracity from the stale allegations. The accusers in no hidden agenda attempt to use the Washington courts as a platform for revenge after losing the civil matter. Indeed, California counsel withdrew from representation from the accuser leaving us to conclude that he was not willing to make misrepresentations to the court. The Washington matter is already showing problematic signs. Massey was never properly served or notified as represented to the court and the pleadings are procedurally and substantively deficient on its face. Massey intends to aggressively defend these accusations again and will seek civil damages from those that refuse to hear the facts. We plan to seek an early dismissal — finally putting these extortive attempts to rest.”
Massey, who starred on the Disney Channel shows “That’s So Raven” and “Cory in the House” in the 2000s, was charged with one count of immoral communication with a minor, according to court documents filed in June.
The felony charge was filed on June 14 in King County, Wash. The charge comes after Massey was sued in early 2019 for allegedly sending explicit photos, texts and videos to a 13-year-old girl. The lawsuit was for intentional infliction of emotional distress, harmful matter sent with intention of seducing a minor, attempting to commit a lewd act with a minor and annoying or molesting a minor.
In the lawsuit, the unnamed girl alleged she met Massey when she was four years old and kept in touch with him because she was interested in a career in entertainment. According to the lawsuit, Massey became close with the girl’s family and indicated that she should move from Seattle to Los Angeles to live with him and his girlfriend in Los Angeles. The girl and her mother alleged in the lawsuit that Massey “held himself out as a father figure” to the girl, and contact increased in November 2018 after the girl indicated she was interested in a role on a rebooted version of “Cory in the House.” About a month later, Massey allegedly requested to be the girl’s friend on Snapchat, and shortly after sent her “numerous sexually explicit text messages, images and videos.” The suit says the girl is suing Massey for at least $1.5 million.
According to the court documents, Massey failed to show for his arraignment on Monday in King County.