Gary Busey charged with sex offences at New Jersey convention
Actor Gary Busey has been charged with committing several sexual offences at a fan convention in New Jersey.
The 78-year-old from Malibu, California, was charged on Friday with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, one count of attempted criminal sexual contact and one count of harassment, Cherry Hill police said in a statement on Saturday.
The incidents are alleged to have occurred at the Monster Mania Convention at the Doubletree Hotel in Cherry Hill, a Philadelphia suburb, between 12 and 14 August, police said.
The actor was a featured guest for all three days of the event.
A police source told a Fox29 reporterthat three women had reported that the actor had touched them inappropriately during an autograph signing and meet and greet.
Cherry Hill police said the investigation was continuing and appealed for anyone with information to contact them.
Pictures posted to social media showed the Under Siege actor mingling with fans at the convention, which celebrates horror films and memorabilia.
Busey was nominated for an Academy Award for his titular role in The Buddy Holly Story in 1978. He went on to appear in a string of popular action movies in the 1980s and 90s including Point Break, Drop Zone and Eye of the Tiger.
In 1988, he suffered a serious brain injury in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, undergoing emergency neurosurgery and spending months in a rehabilitation clinic.
He has also appeared in reality TV shows including Celebrity Apprentice and won the British version of Celebrity Big Brother in 2014.
Mr Busey’s agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cherry Hill police on (856) 432-8834 or submit tips anonymously by emailing email@example.com.