Just when I thought the Rockstar Cheer revulsion emanating out of Greenville, South Carolina couldn’t turn my stomach any more thoroughly than it already had, along came an amended complaint related to this case filed on Thursday in U.S. district court.
Submitted by attorneys with the Columbia, S.C.-based Strom Law firm – who will be speaking exclusively with me about the case next week in the latest installment of our Cheer Incorporated podcast (Apple, (Apple, Spotify) – this pleading is nothing short of seismic, people.
There are new plaintiffs. New defendants. Graphic new allegations of abuse. Additionally, there is “a significant new wrinkle to the alleged corporate corruption which attorneys assert has been mainlining sexual abuse within the cheerleading industry in the United States for years,” as I noted in our extensive coverage of the lawsuit.
In addition to diving into this lawsuit, our director of special projects Dylan Nolan stepped out from behind the camera to discuss his big story this week on sex abuse allegations at a South Carolina Baptist church – which has some troubling parallels to the Rockstar saga.
In discussing that news – which was broken by Michael DeWitt of The Hampton County Guardian – I specifically praised DeWitt, our former news director Mandy Matney and reporter Valerie Bauerlein of The Wall Street Journal as being three reporters who have done “exemplary” work on the Murdaugh story.
Somehow my recognition of their work … pissed people off on Twitter?
Sheesh … thank God, in the words of the genius David Chappelle, “Twitter’s not a real place.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR …
Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.
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