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John Griffin, one of several recently disgraced CNN employees, has been slapped with a $15 million civil lawsuit following charges of child sex trafficking in December of 2021. The Connecticut civil suit alleges that the longtime TV producer engaged in “despicable acts” of “horrific sexual abuse” and exploitation, according to Fox News.
“For several years prior to 2020, the defendant solicited young girls, including the minor plaintiff, for the purpose of knowingly persuading, inducing, enticing and coercing them to engage in sexual activity, sexual exploitation, and/or sexual trafficking,” the lawsuit, filed last week in Bridgeport, alleges.
In addition to the civil suit, Griffin faces criminal charges including one count of trafficking and two counts of attempted trafficking related to Griffin allegedly soliciting parents with minor children.
According to the federal indictment, between April and July of 2020, Griffin allegedly enticed three women and their underage daughters to join him at his Vermont chalet “for the purposes of sexual training.” Only one woman from Nevada took Griffin up on his invitation.
The suit was filed on behalf of a 9-year-old “Jane Doe” and her custodial “next best friend” Janet Doe and is seeking up to $15 million in damages and fees.
Griffin allegedly paid the woman in excess of $3,000 to fly to Boston and stay at his vacation abode for a week of criminal sexual activity involving the woman’s underaged adopted daughter.
The victim’s adoptive mother was previously the subject of a criminal complaint in Nevada. After her arrest in August of 2020, prosecutors seized electronic equipment and storage devices belonging to Griffin. Some of the evidence includes a drone video of Griffin standing in his underwear next to a “completely naked 9-year-old girl.”
Strangely, no charges were brought forth until December of 2021, raising the eyebrows of many former law enforcement experts.
“When confronted with this video during an interview by FBI agents, Griffin’s first response was merely to suggest he was not looking at the naked girl, despite that she was standing so close to him to be touching,” the prosecutor’s pretrial detention memo reads.
Griffin was, incidentally, the producer of the network’s recently sacked primetime misanthrope Chris Cuomo, who himself was accused of sexual misconduct that led to the discovery of more serious allegations related to aiding brother and then-NY Governor Andrew Cuomo amid his own sexual misconduct scandal.
“Prior to his arrest and indictment, we had no knowledge about the case,” a CNN spokesperson told Fox News Digital. The outlet also said that no company-owned devices were part of the federal seizure of Griffin’s electronics.
Griffin moved out of his $4 million home in Connecticut in 2021 as a result of marital problems. He was residing alone in Stamford when he was arrested by the FBI in December.
Defense attorney David Kirby did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
If convicted on all counts, Griffin could face life in prison.
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