How Netflix’s Cheer lost its shine.

In 2021, two other cast members were accused of sexual misconduct with minors. 

Mitchell Ryan was arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a child in Coppell, however he wasn’t indicted due to insufficient evidence. Coach and choreographer, Robert Joseph Scianna Jr was then arrested in Virginia, charged with solicitation. He pleaded guilty. 

In April last year, head coach Aldama was named in a lawsuit for allegedly concealing a sexual assault. Former squad member Madi Lane claimed she told the coach she was sexually assaulted by a teammate during her first semester. Lane alleged that Aldama told her to “not make this a big deal,” which led her to quit the team. 

Aldama refuted the allegations. The lawsuit was later dismissed.

Even though it’s been two years since the show ended, it remains one of Netflix’s most controversial.

If this brings up any issues for you, contact Bravehearts, an organisation dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse, on 1800 272 831.

If this has raised any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.

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