Netflix's Cheer season 2 trailer addresses star Jerry Harris sexual misconduct allegations

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Photo credit: Jim Spellman - Getty Images
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Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.

Netflix has dropped the first trailer for season two of its smash-hit series Cheer.

The documentary series follows the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team as they train for the National Cheerleading Championships and will return to the streaming service on January 12 for nine new episodes.

The trailer for the new season catches up with the Navarro College team, including coach Monica Aldama and cheerleader Gabi Butler who have seen their lives change forever since the first season aired.

Photo credit: Jim Spellman - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jim Spellman - Getty Images

Last September, one of the series' most popular stars, cheerleader Jerry Harris, was charged with producing child pornography. He pleaded not guilty to seven charges regarding five minor boys that December.

The 21-year-old was alleged to have solicited nude photos of a 13-year-old boy, with 14-year-old twin brothers alleging that Harris harassed them online for sexual images when he was 19 and they were 13.

At the time, Harris's spokesperson told the media: "We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager.

"We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed."

In the trailer, Aldama tells the camera: "I can't even process it right now," as audio regarding Harris' arrest is played.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

According to Variety, an episode in season two will feature an interview with the brothers who first came forward with the allegations regarding Harris.

Cheer season two reportedly began filming in secret in January 2020, with production being shut down because of COVID-19 in March. Filming then resumed in September 2020.

The synopsis for season 2 is as follows: "The Emmy-winning breakout sensation is back, and the stakes have never been higher. As Navarro defends its championship crown against a slew of challenges, including their fiercest rivals at Trinity Valley Community College, unexpected events threaten the camaraderie of the team and the season itself."

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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