Trigger Warning: The following article contains allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Gary Busey may be considered one of America’s leading actors, but he’s also known for his turbulent personal life. For example, in 1988, 10 years after his big break as Buddy Holly in the hit biographical film The Buddy Holly Story, Busey was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, suffering a fractured skull and permanent brain damage (Busey wasn’t wearing a helmet, either). He also had significant substance abuse and addiction problems, even getting arrested in 1995 after overdosing on cocaine.
Most of Busey’s followers will remember that he was a patient on the second season of Celebrity Rehab in 2008 because of his previous cocaine addiction, as well as his use of medical marijuana for his asthma (Busey had been sober from cocaine for 13 years at the time of the shooting and claimed he was there as a mentor to other patients at the facility, according to the New York Post). During filming for the season, psychiatrist Charles Sophy noted that Busey’s brain injury had a greater impact on him than Busey originally thought, claiming that it “weakened” his “mental filters” and caused him to act impulsively.
Though Busey has remained relatively out of the limelight in recent years, he’s now back in the headlines — unfortunately not thanks to an upcoming movie or any positive personal news.
Gary Busey has been charged with multiple sexual misconduct
According to the New York Times, actor Gary Busey is facing multiple sexual harassment charges for inappropriate behavior among fans. The incidents happened at a fan convention known as Monster-Mania Con in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where he was a celebrity guest. Held August 12-14 at the Doubletree Hotel, the convention is a biannual event that The Philadelphia Inquirer says is designed to celebrate horror films and let fans interact with celebrities and actors.
Specifically, the charges against Busey include two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual solicitation, one count of attempted fourth-degree sexual solicitation, and one count of molestation.
Although Cherry Hill Police did not disclose exactly what happened, they reported that “it was about contact. It was about touch,” the investigator said. They added that they had received “several complaints” about Busey’s behavior at the convention. So far, neither Busey nor his representatives have responded to the allegations.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, help is available to help. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact the RAINN National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).