The owner of the Edmonton Oilers, Daryl Katz, is being accused of paying a teenage ballet student $75,000 in exchange for “her sexual favours.”
The civil suit, filed in the US, was brought about after a sexual abuse lawsuit was launched by seven aspiring ballerinas in 2021, according to a CBC News report.
In that filing, a husband and wife involved in ballet admitted to having had a “throuple sexual relationship” with dancer Sage Humphries — the lead plaintiff — who was 18 at the time.
But details included in the documents allege that before that relationship, Humphries had prior sexual relationships with older men — including Katz — when she was underage.
A lawyer for Katz denied the allegations, telling CBC News his client never had a sexual relationship the teen.
There are still a number of unsubstantiated claims — including a number of text messages, purportedly exchanged between Katz and Humphries. Katz would have been 53 at the time, while the dancer would have been 17.
“Humphries was literally a child prostitute to a billionaire,” the claim says. “And her mother assisted her in laundering the money she was paid and in trafficking her to Katz.”
Klieger said Katz will “vigorously defend his reputation” against the “baseless and scurrilous” claims in the suit.
“It’s designed to be a distraction and a shakedown,” he said to CBC News.
Katz purchased the Edmonton Oilers in 2008, and has a net worth of $4.4B, according to Forbes.