CHERRY HILL, N.J. — An organizer of a horror movie convention says he’s helping authorities in the aftermath allegations against actor Gary Buzzey involving alleged sex crimes at an event in New Jersey earlier this month.
Buzzy, 78, was charged Friday with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual intercourse, one count of attempted criminal sexual intercourse and one count of harassment following alleged acts Aug. 12-14 at the Monster Mania Convention at the Doubletree Hotel in the Philadelphia suburb of Cherry Hill , police said Saturday.
Monster Obsession Convention said in a Facebook post that after attendees complained, an unspecified “celebrity guest was removed from the convention and instructed not to return.”
“Monster-Mania also encouraged attendees to contact the police to file a report,” the company said, adding that behavior that compromises the safety and well-being of attendees will not be tolerated. “Monster-Mania will continue to assist the authorities in any way possible,” it said.
“It was about contact. It was about touching,” Lt. Robert Schoeneman told the Philadelphia Inquirer about the numerous complaints police have received about Buzzy’s behavior.
Buzzy, who lives in Malibu, California, was scheduled to be a guest on all three days of the event.
Police did not immediately respond to a message seeking details. It was also unclear whether Buzzy had an attorney available to comment on the allegations, and a representative did not immediately return a message seeking comment Saturday.
Buzzy 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.
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