Between sexual abuse allegations against a South Carolina The cheerleading coach died by suicide last week, his widow announcing on Wednesday that she would be closing the “indefinitely” closure of their popular gym.
In a statement to The Daily Beast, Kathy Foster said it was a “difficult decision” to play Rockstar Cheerleading and Dance but she believes “it was the best choice under any circumstances.”
According to Rockstar Cheer, Greenville’s websiteFoster’s ex-husband, Scott Foster, opened the gym in 2007 to boot nationally recognized cheerleading organization already has licensing agreements with dozens of other gyms across the country.
“Over the past 15 years, our incredible athletes have worked hard to build a winning legacy and I will always be incredibly proud of each and every one of them,” Kathy Foster added in declare. “I ask for privacy for my children and for those personally affected during this difficult time.”
The news comes just days after The Daily Beast first reported on a lawsuit against Scott Foster alleging the 49-year-old coach sexually abused, exploited and inadequately transported athletes. years old — and presiding over a culture that allowed his employees to do the same while a prominent private equity firm allegedly cashed in on the turmoil.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of four Jane Does and two John Does — as well as 95 other Jane Does — and alleges a culture allowed Scott Foster to hit his athletes with drugs and alcohol, copper forced at least two teenage boys to have sex.
The lawsuit alleges that Foster recently learned that he was the subject of a Department of Homeland Security investigation related to allegations he sexually abused underage athletes. A spokesman for the Homeland Security Investigations Agency previously told The Daily Beast that he “cannot confirm or deny” an investigation into Foster because the department does not comment on active cases. .
The Greenville County Coroner’s Office told The Daily Beast that Scott Foster died by suicide on Aug self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found around 12:30 p.m. in his car in the parking lot of Mount Paris State Park, about 20 minutes from Rockstar Cheer Greenville.
Last week, another Rockstar Cheer athlete filed a lawsuit alleging Foster sexually assaulted her nearly a dozen times in a year, drugged her and forced her to send nude photos via Snapchat.
“Foster used this position to force children to obey his sexual suggestions, using his authority and position of trust to exploit them physically, sexually and emotional,” personal injury lawsuit, filed last Tuesday in Greenville CountyStatuses.
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