NHL team owner is accused of paying teenage ballerina $75,000 in exchange for ‘sexual favors’
The billionaire owner of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers faces charges of paying an underage ballerina $75,000 for sexual favors.
Daryl Katz, 61, was accused by dance teachers Mitchell Taylor Button and his wife Dusty, a former Boston Ballet principal dancer. The alleged victim was Sage Humphries, who was 17 at the time.
The couple themselves were accused of sexual abuse by Humphries and seven other ballerinas. Humphries claims the couple raped her at gunpoint, according to The New York Times.
The Buttons filed a third-party counterclaim earlier this month, claiming the pair were involved in a ‘troublesome’ consensual relationship with Humphries and that she had been involved in three sexual encounters as a minor with an older man. elderly, including Katz.
A lawyer representing Katz denied the allegations to CBC News.
Billionaire National Hockey League Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz (pictured) faces charges of paying a then 17-year-old ballerina $75,000 for sexual favors His lawyer denies the allegations
The alleged victim was Sage Humphries, who was 17 at the time. She is suing former Boston Ballet principal dancer Dusty Button and Mitchell Taylor Button for sexual assault. In one case, she claims she was raped at gunpoint
Dance teachers Mitchell Taylor Button and his wife Dusty brought the charges against Katz in a third-party counterclaim against Humprhies’ lawsuit earlier this month. They claim they were in a ‘trouple’ consensual relationship with Humphries and that she had been involved in three sexual encounters as a minor with an older man, including Katz.
In the complaint, the Buttoms alleged that “Humphries was literally a child prostitute for a billionaire and her mother helped her launder the money she received and traffic her to Katz.”
As part of the lawsuit, the couple submitted text messages that were allegedly sent between Humphries and Katz, under the name “DK.” They also alleged that Katz’s number had an area code of 780, the most common number for the Edmonton area where he lives. At the time, Katz was 53 and Humphries 17.
In one text, Katz is accused of writing Humphries, “If my guys send you funds, are you going to spend/keep them for yourself?” And just between us? Even if you are wise beyond your years, given our respective ages, it would be taken badly.
Humphries reportedly replied, “Yeah.. Just between us.”
Katz then reportedly said “OK, one of my guys will email you.” He will send you 50K.’
Katz’s attorney, Robert Klieger, told CBS his client and Humphries did not have a relationship but met twice in 2016 to discuss a potential movie project.
“One of Daryl’s friends put him in touch with Sage because Sage was working with producing partners to buy a film project that they had put together, basically, and he was based in the world of ballet,” said said Klieger, who called the charges against his client ‘a shakedown and a sideshow.’
“They finally decided to pass on the project. But during the time the project was under consideration, they asked for help to maintain funding for the project so that it would continue. And it’s the $75,000 that’s at issue,” Klieger said.
Katz is a partner in Joel Silver’s film company, Silver Pictures.
As part of their claim, the Buttons submitted text messages they claim were sent between Humphries and Katz. At the time, Katz was 53 and Humphries was 17
Katz is accused of texting Humphries, writing, “If my guys send you funds are you going to spend/keep them for yourself?” And just between us? Even if you are wise beyond your years, given our respective ages, that would be a bad take’
Katz is a pharmaceutical and real estate mogul worth $4.4 billion according to Forbes and recently put his $38.5 million Bel Air property on the market, The Real Deal reported.
He has owned the NHL franchise since 2007, overseeing the development of a new multi-billion dollar arena for the team, as well as a surrounding “Ice District”.
He was previously accused of offering to pay a Brazilian model and actress, Griece Santo, $20,000 a day for sex, allegedly giving him $35,000 with Santo donating to charity.
Katz denied the allegations at the time and his lawyer, while discussing the Humphries case, told CBC “there was nothing to it” and “there is no ongoing animosity or anything between “Katz, Santo and her husband, professional player RJ Cipriani, who filed the complaint.
“But I can’t go into the details of how they resolved this,” added attorney Robert Klieger.
Humphries, now 24, is a ballet dancer and model who has been photographed for Vogue Italia, V, Lucky, Interview, Teen Vogue and W. She remains a member of Boston Ballet’s Corps de Ballet.