Former Disney star, Kyle Massey, best known for his role as Cory Baxter on That’s So Raven and Cory in the House, has been charged with a felony for allegedly sending pornographic material to a 13-year-old.
The 29-year-old actor was charged with ‘one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes’ according to TMZ.
In legal documents obtained by the outlet, Massey is accused of sending sexually explicit content to the girl electronically. The illicit messages were sent during the months of December 2018 and January 2019.
The new charges are related to a civil suit that was leveled against Massey in 2019.
Massey was sued for $1.5 million for allegedly sending ‘numerous sexually explicit text messages, images, and videos’ via Snapchat, but the actor claimed he was being extorted.
Back in March, Massey vehemently denied the first round of allegations, calling the $1.5 million lawsuits levied against him on Friday, a case of extortion.
Massey said in a statement through his attorney, Lee Hutton, at the time: ‘No child should ever be exposed to sexually explicit materials and I unequivocally and categorically deny any alleged misconduct.’
The victim’s mother claimed in the legal document that her daughter has known Massey since she was 4 years old and stayed in touch with the actor over the years as she began her own entertainment career.
She reached out to him in late 2018 with hopes of auditioning for a role on the recently-rebooted Raven’s Home.
The lawsuit also contends Massey then suggested that she fly out and stay with him and his girlfriend in Los Angeles while she looked to get a talent agent.
Just days later, the child contended Massey sent her a number of sexually explicit text messages, images and videos.
Supporting his claims of extortion, Massey maintained the accuser’s legal team demanded $1.5 million earlier this year and threatened to go public to destroy his career if he didn’t comply. The actor said he shot down the demand.
Massey played Cory Baxter on the Disney Channel sitcom, That’s So Raven, from 2003 until 2007, and the spinoff show, Cory In The House, as the title character from 2007 until 2008. His resume also includes Dancing With The Stars season 11 in 2010, and guest-starring roles on The Practice, Gotham, Being Marie Jane, and the voice of Jeremy on Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.