Boston Ballet's ex star dancer is hit by FIFTH sex attack allegation

Boston Ballet’s former star dancer is hit by THREE new sex attack claims: Lawsuit says ballerina pointed gun at underage girl while husband raped her in weapon-filled room

  • An expanded lawsuit was filed late last week adding three more alleged victims to the lawsuit which names Dusty Button and her husband Mitchell Taylor Button
  • Among the new accusers is Jane Doe 100 who claims she was raped by Mitchell
  • Polveroso, Boston Ballet’s former principal dancer, allegedly befriended the underage girl in 2014 and introducing her to former principal dancer Mitchell
  • The couple then allegedly plied the girl with booze and took her back to their home where Mitchell allegedly raped her inside a gun-lined room
  • Dusty was holding a gun and appeared to film the encounter, while the ‘terrifiedgirl cried and begged for the abuse to stop, la causa sostiene
  • This marks the fifth alleged victim to come forward to accuse the couple of using their position of power in the dance world to abuse young female dancers
  • The suit originally filed July 28 was brought by two professional dancers, Sage Humphries and Gina Menichino
  • A star ballerina accused of helping her husband sexually abuse two underage girls is now facing similar claims from three other women, one of whom says the dancer menaced her with a gun during a violent rape.

    An expanded lawsuit, filed late last week, accuses Dusty Button, Boston Ballet’s former principal dancer, of befriending the underage girl in 2014 and introducing her to her husband, dance teacher Mitchell Taylor Button.

    She has been anonymized in the lawsuit as Jane Doe 100, which also includes new claims from two other women. It also accuses her of abusing two other underage girls.

    Jane Doe 100’s attorney Sigrid McCawley has come forward to detail her client’s claims against the Buttons.

    The couple then allegedly plied the girl with booze and took her back to their home where Mitchell allegedly raped her inside a gun-lined room.

    Dusty was holding a gun and appeared to film the encounter, while the ‘terrifiedgirl cried and begged for the abuse to stop, la causa sostiene.

    This marks the fifth alleged victim to come forward to accuse the couple of using their position of power in the dance world to sexually and emotionally abuse young female dancers.

    Boston Ballet's former star dancer has been hit with a fifth accusation of sexual abusing young dancers, as an alleged victim has come forward to claim the ballerina menaced her with a gun while her husband raped her. Dusty Button and husband Mitchell Taylor Button in 2018

    Boston Ballet’s former star dancer has been hit with a fifth accusation of sexual abusing young dancers, as an alleged victim has come forward to claim the ballerina menaced her with a gun while her husband raped her. Dusty Button and husband Mitchell Taylor Button in 2018

    Details of the two other new claims made against the Buttons have yet to emerge.

    A luglio 28, a lawsuit was brought by two professional dancers Sage Humphries and Gina Menichino accusing Mitchell of sexual assaulting them and Dusty of aiding her husband in his abuse.

    In the original suit, filed in US District Court in Nevada, Mitchell was the only person named as a defendant, with Dusty mentioned as an alleged predator.

    Da allora, three more alleged victims have come forward and joined the expanded lawsuit filed last week. All three of those women have named Dusty as a defendant.

    In the expanded suit, first reported by the Boston Globe, Jane Doe 100 claims she met Dusty back in 2014 when the girl was attending at Boston-based dance school Urbanity Dance.

    It is not clear how old Jane Doe 100 was at the time of the alleged abuse, but she says she was a minor. The age of consent in Massachusetts is 16.

    The girl was part of the apprenticeship program which is designed for talented high school students aged 14 and over who are wanting to make a career out of dance.

    Urbanity Dance rented studio space from Boston Ballet at the time and Dustywho became Boston Ballet’s principal dancer that same yearallegedly befriended the girl then.

    Secondo la causa, Dusty gained the girl’s ‘loyalty and trustand introduced her to Mitchell.

    The couple allegedly promised to make the girl ‘a starif she spent time with them and did what they said.

    Poi, secondo il seme, the couple allegedly took her to a party in Boston and forced her to drink a lot of alcohol to get her drunk.

    The Buttons then allegedly took her back to their home in Somerville and led her inside a room which was filled with guns.

    A questo punto, the couple pushed the child onto a mattress, la causa sostiene.

    Dusty kissed and touched the girl while restraining her on the mattress while her husband began sexually assaulting her, la causa sostiene.

    The suit says the girl ‘began to cryand told them ‘no’ e "fermati’ but her abusers continued with Dusty restraining her while Mitchell ‘forcibly penetrated’ sua.

    A un certo punto, the suit claims Dusty had a gun in her hand while, at another point, Dusty appeared to suggest she was filming the incident by holding up her phone.

    The encounter left the underage girl ‘terrified’, the suit says.

    The alleged victim, who now lives in New Hampshire and is no longer following a career in dance, told DailyMail.com in a statement she was ‘gratefulto the first women who came forward and gave her the ‘courageto speak out.

    An expanded lawsuit was filed late last week adding three more alleged victims to the lawsuit accusing the Buttons of abusing young dancers. Pictured Dusty Button in Boston Ballet's production of William Forsythe's The Second Detail

    An expanded lawsuit was filed late last week adding three more alleged victims to the lawsuit accusing the Buttons of abusing young dancers. Pictured Dusty Button in Boston Ballet’s production of William Forsythe’s The Second Detail

    ‘I am grateful to my fellow dancers for bravely bringing this action and for giving me the courage to come forward and speak out about the abuse I endured,’ lei disse.

    ‘Together we can stop the accused — our abusers —- from ever damaging another young, vulnerable dancer.

    The two other alleged victims to join the suit allege Mitchell sexually assaulted them when he was a dance instructor at Centerstage Dance Academy in Tampa.

    Both were under 18 at the time of the alleged abuse, which is the age of consent in the Sunshine State.

    Attorney Sigrid McCawley, who is representing the five accusers, said Dusty would ‘coaxthe victims in for her husband to use as ‘prey.

    ‘What you have here is the highest level of betrayal,’ McCawley told the Globe.

    ‘You see the use of a famous female ballerina to coax these victims into a situation where they become prey for this serial abuser.

    She said other alleged victims may also come forward and join the suit.

    ‘In an instance like this, where you have a serial abuser, you oftentimes see other women feeling empowered enough to come forward and say, ‘me, pure,” said McCawley.

    ‘Each one of these ballerinas wants this abuse to stop.

    Marc Randazza, an attorney for the Buttons, told the Globe they deny the allegations.

    ‘Our position remains the same. We look forward to clearing both of their names in court,’ Egli ha detto.

    ‘We are not trying this matter in the press. We do find it interesting that the press has the complaint before Ms. Button has even been served. Maybe that should inspire some cynicism.

    In a statement last month, attorney Ken Swartz said his clients ‘categorically deny these baseless claims and they look forward to the opportunity through court proceedings to disprove all of the plaintiffsfalse and fraudulent allegations.

    Sage Humphries was one of two first accusers to file a lawsuit back in July 28 in Nevada

    Sage Humphries was one of two first accusers to file a lawsuit back in July 28 in Nevada

    Gina Menichino, una ballerina del New Jersey, was the second woman in the original lawsuit

    Gina Menichino, una ballerina del New Jersey, was the second woman in the original lawsuit

    Mitchell’s legal team previously filed a motion to dismiss the original complaint but it was denied.

    DailyMail.com has reached out to both McCawley and Randazza for statements.

    A spokesperson for Urbanity Dance told the Globe it did not know about the alleged abuse until now and that they were ‘shocked and deeply saddenedto learn of it.

    ‘We are shocked and deeply saddened to have learned of these allegations today and are devastated by the pain this young dancer experienced,’ ha detto la società in un comunicato.

    ‘We unequivocally condemn the predatory, cowardly behavior of perpetrators of sexual abuse. We stand in solidarity with this young woman and applaud her bravery in coming forward to share her truth.

    The first allegations against the couple were made by Humphries and Menichino in the original suit filed July 28.

    La causa sostiene che in più occasioni, Dusty trattenne Humphries in modo che non potesse muoversi mentre suo marito penetrava violentemente nella giovane donna senza il suo consenso, anche nel sonno.

    In un caso, come affermato nella denuncia, the Buttons ordered Humphries to don a head-to-toe spandex suit, l'ha legata a un tavolo in una stanza piena di pistole e l'ha aggredita sessualmente mentre urlava e piangeva.

    Humphries, adesso 23, ha detto al New York Times in un'intervista che i Buttons avevano "controllo completo"’ su di lei mentre era una giovane ballerina al Boston Ballet II, il programma di apprendistato dell'azienda.

    The two other alleged victims to join the suit allege Mitchell sexually assaulted them when he was a dance instructor at Centerstage Dance Academy in Tampa (sopra)

    The two other alleged victims to join the suit allege Mitchell sexually assaulted them when he was a dance instructor at Centerstage Dance Academy in Tampa (sopra)

    La denuncia afferma che Humphries, who was new to Boston at the time and had no family or friends in the city, first met Dusty, poi una prima ballerina di fama mondiale, e suo marito istruttore di danza in 2016.

    I Buttons hanno fatto amicizia con il giovane ballerino all'inizio 2017 e presto cominciarono a invitarla a casa loro, dove ci si aspettava che Humphries bevesse molto, secondo il reclamo.

    Nella denuncia esplosiva si afferma che "i Buttons abusano delle loro posizioni di potere e prestigio nella comunità della danza per guadagnarsi la lealtà e la fiducia dei giovani ballerini".. I Button sfruttano quindi quelle relazioni per costringere ad atti sessuali mediante la forza e la frode.’

    "I Button hanno anche iniziato a insistere che Sage dormisse nel loro appartamento su base regolare",’ la causa sostiene. "The Buttons ha ordinato a Sage di indossare i loro vestiti e di acconciarsi i capelli in modo che si abbinassero ai capelli di Dusty.’

    Mitchell avrebbe detto a Humphries che se avesse accettato di cedergli il controllo dei suoi account sui social media, comprese le sue password e l'accesso ai suoi messaggi di testo ed e-mail, l'avrebbe resa famosa come sua moglie.

    'Se Sage ha mai tentato di prendere le distanze o disobbedire ai Buttons, avrebbero minacciato di revocare il loro sostegno finanziario e di sabotare la sua carriera,’ sostiene la denuncia.

    Una sera, i Buttons e Humphries erano sdraiati insieme su un materasso a guardare un film quando Mitchell ha aggredito sessualmente il suo giovane protetto dopo che sua moglie si era appisolata, secondo il reclamo.

    "Ogni volta che Sage ha tentato di sviluppare altre amicizie e trascorrere del tempo lontano dai Buttons, i pulsanti si infurirebbero,’ la causa sostiene.

    In una occasione, Mitchell avrebbe costretto Humphries a fare sesso orale su di lui come punizione per aver pranzato con un gruppo di donne.

    La causa sostiene che i Buttons abbiano insistito sul fatto che Humphries "dasse loro la priorità rispetto alla sua famiglia",’ e si unì anche a lei in un viaggio in California per visitare i suoi genitori "non poteva essere sola con la sua famiglia.’

    Dopo il ritorno a Boston, l'abuso sessuale si è intensificato, secondo la causa.

    Salvia Humphries

    Gina Menichino

    La ballerina del Boston Ballet Sage Humphries (sinistra) e la ballerina professionista Gina Menichino (giusto) together filed the lawsuit against Mitchell Button in July

    Humphries sostiene che nella causa i Buttons avevano il controllo completo su di lei e l'hanno isolata dalla famiglia e dagli amici

    Humphries sostiene che nella causa i Buttons avevano il controllo completo su di lei e l'hanno isolata dalla famiglia e dagli amici

    'Una sera, Sage went to the Buttonsapartment after rehearsal, e l'appartamento era completamente buio,’ legge la denuncia. 'polveroso e [Mitchell] ha chiesto a Sage di indossare un completo di spandex che le coprisse tutto il corpo, compresi la bocca e gli occhi, e ha lasciato scoperti solo il naso e le orecchie.

    ‘Dusty led Sage into a room of the Buttonsapartment that had an arsenal of guns hanging on the wall. Sage ha detto ai Buttons che era spaventata. Le hanno detto di sdraiarsi su un tavolo, e le hanno legato le braccia e le gambe in modo che non fosse in grado di muoversi. I Buttons hanno poi aggredito sessualmente Sage.

    "Sage ha iniziato a singhiozzare e urlare", implorando i Bottoni di slegarla. I Bottoni le hanno detto che era debole e stupida.’

    Dopo quell'incidente, Mitchell avrebbe iniziato a fare sesso con il suo protetto "quando gli pareva",’ anche a volte mentre dormiva.

    '[Mitchell] spingeva regolarmente Sage a terra o sul letto e la penetrava violentemente senza il suo consenso,’ rivendica la denuncia. 'In diverse occasioni, Dusty ha tenuto giù Sage mentre [Mitchell] la penetrò in modo che Sage non potesse muoversi.’

    Durante il sesso, l'istruttore di ballo avrebbe "soffocato", schiaffeggia e tira’ Humphries’ capelli, lasciandola coperta di lividi.

    "The Buttons usava regolarmente anche giocattoli sessuali dolorosi su Sage e legava Sage per fare sesso con lei",’ la causa sostiene. ‘Sage non ha mai acconsentito a questi atti sessuali violenti.’

    Entro maggio 2017, i Button avrebbero costretto Humphries a vivere con loro a tempo pieno. Non le hanno addebitato l'affitto e le hanno pagato i pasti e le spese personali, rendering her financially dependent on the couple.

    'Se Sage ha mai tentato di prendere le distanze o disobbedire ai Buttons, avrebbero minacciato di revocare il loro sostegno finanziario e di sabotare la sua carriera,’ secondo la causa.

    Boston Ballet's former principal dancer Dusty Button (nella foto) and her husband deny the allegations

    Boston Ballet’s former principal dancer Dusty Button (nella foto) and her husband deny the allegations

    Infine, Humphries’ parents became concerned with her living situation and forced her to return home.

    Mitchell continued communicating with Humphries on Snapchat. A un certo punto, he allegedly told her he wanted to rape the woman and leave her to die in a warehouse, and also threatened to travel to California and slit her father’s throat.

    in agosto 2017, Humphries sought and received abuse protection orders against the Buttons.

    The Boston Ballet has issued a statement expressing support for Humphries, who is still part of the company.

    ‘Boston Ballet supports Sage Humphries who is bravely coming forward, sharing her experience to protect others, and seeking accountability and justice,’ la dichiarazione letta.

    According to the dance company, Dusty Button’s employment with the Boston Ballet was terminated in May 2017.

    La causa federale dettaglia anche le accuse di abusi sessuali di dieci anni fa contro l'ex studentessa di danza di Mitchell Button, Gina Menichino..

    Secondo la denuncia, Pulsante, che all'epoca si chiamava Taylor Moore e lavorava come insegnante di danza in uno studio a Tampa, Florida, ha iniziato a picchiare Menichino per abuso quando lei era 13 anni ed era 25.

    "Taylor si interessava in modo particolare a Gina e l'avrebbe scelta per attenzioni e opportunità speciali durante le lezioni di danza", come permetterle di aiutarla a insegnare ai suoi corsi di danza,’ sostiene la denuncia.

    In due diverse occasioni in 2010, Button avrebbe aggredito sessualmente Menichino mentre i due stavano condividendo una coperta mentre guardavano un film con altri studenti di danza.

    Button ha quindi iniziato regolarmente a "sexting"’ la giovane ragazza, incluso l'invio di sue foto a torso nudo e video che lo mostrano mentre si da piacere, la causa sostiene. Ha anche sollecitato contenuti simili da Menichino.

    "Taylor ha usato la sua posizione di potere e autorità su Gina per costringerla a soddisfare le sue richieste sessuali",’ secondo la causa.

    Se la tredicenne ha resistito alle avance sessuali del suo insegnante, Button avrebbe minacciato di ferire la sua carriera di ballerina.

    "L'intero gioco era per renderlo felice",’ Menichino, adesso 25, ha detto al Times. 'Non farlo arrabbiare, o non ero degno e avrei perso la mia carriera di ballerino.’

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