Horror convention organizer says he’s helping authorities after allegations against actor Gary Busey involving alleged sex offenders at an event in New Jersey earlier this month.
Busey, 78, was charged Friday with two counts of fourth-degree sexual contact, one count of attempted criminal sexual contact and one count of harassment after the alleged acts Aug. 12-14 at the Monster Mania convention at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia. in suburban Cherry Hill, police said Saturday.
The monster mania convention said in a Facebook post that after attendees complained, the unnamed “celebrity guest was removed from the convention and ordered not to return.”
“Monster-Mania has also encouraged attendees to contact the police to file a report,” the company said, adding that behavior that endangers the safety and well-being of visitors will not be tolerated. “Monster-Mania will continue to assist the authorities in any way possible,” the statement said.
“It was about contact. It was about touching,” Lt. Robert Schoeneman told The Philadelphia Inquirer about the many complaints police received about Busey’s behavior.
Busey, who lives in Malibu, California, was scheduled to headline all three days of the event.
Police did not immediately respond to a message seeking details. It was also not clear if Busey had an attorney available to comment on the allegations, and a representative did not immediately return a message seeking comment Saturday.
Busey is widely known as a character actor, mostly in supporting roles, although he gained attention and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his lead role in the 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story.