Disney Executive Charged With Sexually Abusing Two Children
The director of music publishing at Disney was charged with felony child sex abuse.
Jon Heely, 58, is facing charges of sexually abusing two underage girls about a decade ago. Heely allegedly abused the first girl when she was 15, Variety reported. He began abusing the second girl when she was 11 and continued until she was 15, the charges stated.
Disney suspended Heely late on Friday after learning about the charges, according to a company spokesman.
“Immediately upon learning of this situation tonight, he has been suspended without pay until the matter is resolved by the courts,” the spokesman told Variety.
Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested Heely on Nov. 16. He was released on $150,000 bail, booking records show.
Prosecutors charged Heely on Wednesday, Dec. 6, with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. He pleaded not guilty at the San Fernando courthouse on Thursday. If convicted, he would serve up to nine years in prison.
The next court date is set for Jan. 10.
The executive’s lawyer denied the charges.
“He vehemently denies these allegations and we will be fighting until the end to clear his name,” Robert Helfend told Variety. “It’s a shame, that’s all I’ve got to say.”
Heely has worked with Disney for more than three decades. He managed the entertainment giant’s vast music catalog and produced a global concert series tours such as “Fantasia Live in Concert.”
Heely studied music theory at the James Madison University, according to his Facebook profile. He is married and has children.
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