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Shane Sparks Out of Jail, Claims Extortion

12/20/2009 1:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Shane Sparks Out of Jail, Claims ExtortionShane Sparks posted bail last night and now that he's out of jail, his lawyer says he is ready to fight what he calls "extortion, Hollywood style."

Sparks, a judge on the MTV show "America's Best Dance Crew," was arrested on Friday and charged with eight counts of child molestation. But his attorney, Steve Meister, tells TMZ the whole thing "stinks to high heaven" since Sparks' accuser waited 15 years (until Sparks became famous) before she came forward.

Meister says the charges "are completely without merit" and that Sparks "knows he is innocent and will fight to clear his name."

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sensualmary    

I hope he gets put behind bars. Is a minor capable of pressing charges, does she have the strength mentally and the ability technically to do something like that? What if she thought it was ok at the time and it took her as an adult and years of therapy to realize the adult was in fact taking advantage of her and then it still took strength to come forward maybe after she finally told friends who encouraged her to? Does the fact that she remained silent for a while mean the child molester can get away with having molested her? Those who are defending the molester are SICK!!!

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A.B.    

Simple math: You're right about his age. My mistake was honest, though - when I first checked him, his Wikipedia page stated his birth date as 1974. I wasn't the only one to notice it: http://www.reggaeme.com/showthread.php?t=8356

Well, that is good, because it means the girl was not ten but a few years older. I always liked Shane on So you think you can dance, and I have no preconceptions of his guilt. I don't think one way or the other.

I do agree there's a lot of racism going on and that a black male (guilty or not) is more often assumed a predator than a white male, though I don't think that's the reality at all.

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48.

Samantha    

i DONT THiNK SHANE iS GUiLTy AT ALL..WHy WOULD SHE WAiT 15 yEARS TO SAy ANyTHiNG? SHE JUS WANNA GET FAMOUS!! THATS ALL iT iS.. i LOVE SHANE SPARKS..

1746 days ago
49.

Marlena    

Just because he's famous doesn't mean that girl is lying...she was obviously a child and her parents may have been a part of her not coming forward. I think its ridiculous that stuff like this happens. There are plenty of grown woman that are single....leave children alone.

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damien    

you never know why she came forward. if she was 12-13 and was taking dance classes, and wanting to do it as a profession, she might of been terrified to come forward. many victims don't come forward until they are old enough to realize that he could still be doing it...

1746 days ago
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Shanevictim    

Shane Sparks really is sick. He DOES prey on young girls. I know this for a fact. Bravo to the girl who finally had the guts to come out with this. I'm so saddened to read comments claiming she's in it for the money and that it was so long ago. Maybe she hasnt dealt with it till now and need to move on. Also prob didnt come forward because she was a CHILD and was scared or thought people wouldnt believe her cause he was "Shane Sparks". This is why people like him get away with it.I hope more girls come forward because she is NOT the only one. I worked and was student at Millenium Dance Complex and know many girls who were victims of Shane Sparks. I'm surprised he never got caught sooner, but the truth always comes out. Girls come forward and help this girl that did! Lets put him away so he cant do this anymore.

1746 days ago
52.

Apres Ski    

He'll beat this because there is a statue of limitations on this. If not, he'll still beat it because people will want to know why after all this time. Even his lawyer can get him off of this. But he'll need to countersue because of damages to his job, image and future earnings.

Repeat after me" it's the Benjamins, the Benjamins, the Benjamins, the Benjamins, the Benjamins, the Benjamins, the Benjamins, the Benjamins, the Benjamins,

1746 days ago
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Correction    


If the person claiming to have worked and/or studied at Millenium REALLY knew Shane Sparks, they would also know that Shane is not interested in the opposite sex.

So if you know so many so-called victims, why on earth would you have let it go on for so long and never say a word. Probably because you're lying and just want to get folks riled up.

The only thing that's going to come out of all this is that Shane Sparks is going to have to be very public about his sexuality, which is something he's been good at keeping fairly low-key up to now.

The accuser should have done some homework before accusing. Maybe she should have asked her brother to extort him, because that would be far more believable than him preying on a female.

1746 days ago
54.

OhWell    

Put Him In The Wall With Little Wacko.

1746 days ago
55.

Apres Ski    

To #59 Shanevictim:
If what you say is true, and I'm not doubting it for a minute, more girls should have come out sooner. It looks bad that she's coming out now. And you say she has a child, is it Shane's??? Is that what took so long?

The other girls, regardless of age, should come out & it's a shame Shane was preying on young girls. But girls should know to report that as soon as it happens and not wait 10-15 years to report it. But this still makes her look like a gold digger trying to get money for herself & child.

We will all be following this because we all want to know why it took this long for her to file. And now, we'll want to know if the child is Shane's . . .



1746 days ago
56.

inurtrash    

He molested me, too, when I was only six years old, back in 1957.

Now, where's my Million Dollars?

1746 days ago
57.

Correction    

In reply to "Disgusted"--

In the United States, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Referring to this man as a molester without him having his day in court is what is disgusting.

How would you feel if you were wrongly accused of a crime? Would you think it's fair for people to say you should be locked up?

1746 days ago
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Correction    

this is for "shanevictim" who claims to have been both a worker AND a student at Millennium.

If what you say is true, that you have known of many victims of Shane Sparks, then you are also guilty of not reporting that underage girls were being victimized by adult employees at the complex.

If any of it is true, then YOU are the disgusting one, "shanevictim."

Of course, I don't believe for a second that you are telling the truth. But if you were, then you are the sickest one of all for not reporting what you apparently knew was happening.

1746 days ago
59.

Sparky's goin' down    

Antoin, you are a first class idiot, and the reason blacks continually fail to advance as a species. Do you really think the media or the police give enough of a crap about this bozo to "go after him"? How about some personal accountability in the "community" and stop with the whoa is me victim mentality. Tiger brought on his own troubles, Obama is like any other president, subject to extreme scrutiny. Not everything is about race, get over yourself.

1746 days ago
60.

Get Serious! dh    

Response to simple math:

A deviant simply means deviating especially from an acceptable norm; rapists, serial adulterers/cheaters (especially those who have sex with prostitutes or porn stars) and child molesters are all personalities that are recognized as deviants in our society. That issue is not debatable. If this is not true then it would be pointless for the media to even report on stories of this nature.

"As onlookers it is far easier to sift through very recent events than to consider what may or may not have occurred some 15 years ago. That is reality." Whether it happened 15 years ago or 15 days ago it still requires an investigation that will ultimately end in a 'he said, she said' situation.

The points that I made remain. And my primary point is that we need to do a better job of protecting our children in this society. I have a hard time empathizing with someone who may have committed a crime of this nature. And though I would rather see it all examined in court, many comments made at the time of my initial post immediately supporting the man disturbed me a bit.

Sparks will have his day in court regardless and he will either be found guilty or not guilty - or a plea bargain will take place.

The timeline of the crime is irrelevant which is why victims ARE allowed to come forward to report these types of crimes many years after the fact. Fortunately, there are no statute of limitations on rape or murder.

It appears that people want to simply discredit the accuser solely based upon her not coming forward sooner. Obviously, something has recently happened in her life that has given her the strength to make her allegations public.

Everyone should let the entire scenario play out in court instead of giving him an instant pass because the alleged crime was not reported sooner and because he is a t.v. personality. If he was Joe Blow down the street, no one would even care.

Also, if accused celebrities are as innocent as they claim to be then they need to stop PAYING off people who make these types of claims against them.

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