The billionaire owner of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers faces accusations he paid a and underage ballerina $75,000 for sexual favors.
Daryl Katz, 61, has been accused of by dance teachers Mitchell Taylor Button and his wife Dusty, former principal dancer with the Boston Ballet. The alleged victim was Sage Humphries, who was 17 at the time.
The couple themselves have been accused of sexual abuse by Humphries, and seven other ballerinas. Humphries claims that the couple raped her at gunpoint, according to the New York Times.
The Buttons filed a third-party counter-claim earlier this month saying that the pair were involved in a consensual ‘throuple’ relationship with Humphries and that she had been involved in three sexual relationships as an underage girl with older man, including Katz.
A lawyer representing Katz denied the allegations to CBC News.
The billionaire owner of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers, Daryl Katz (pictured), faces accusations he paid a then 17-year-old ballerina $75,000 for sexual favors. His lawyer denies the claims
The alleged victim was Sage Humphries, who was 17 at the time. She is suing former Boston Ballet principal dancer Dusty Button and Mitchell Taylor Button for sexual assault. In one instance, she claims she was raped at gunpoint
Dance teachers Mitchell Taylor Button and his wife Dusty, made the accusations against Katz in a third-party counter-claim against Humprhies’ lawsuit earlier this month. They claim that they were in a consensual ‘throuple’ relationship with Humphries and that she had been involved in three sexual relationships as an underage girl with older man, including Katz
In the claim, the Buttoms alleged that ‘Humphries was literally a child prostitute to a billionaire and her mother assisted her in laundering the money she was paid and in trafficking her to Katz’.
As part of the lawsuit, the couple submitted text messages allegedly sent between Humphries and Katz, under the name ‘DK’. They also alleged that the number for Katz has a 780 area code, the most common number for the Edmonton area where he lives. At the time, Katz was 53 and Humphries 17.
In one text, Katz is accused of writing to Humphries: ‘If my guys send u funds will u spend it on/keep it for yourself? And just between us? Even though ur wise beyond your years given our respective ages it would be taken the wrong way.’
Humphries claim replies: ‘Yes.. Just between us.’
Katz then allegedly said’OK will have one of my guys email u. He will send you 50K.’
Katz’s lawyer, Robert Klieger, told CBS that his client and Humphries did not have a relationship but met twice in 2016 to discuss a potential film project.
‘One of Daryl’s friends connected him with Sage because Sage was working with some producing partners on shopping a motion picture project that they had put together, basically, and it was based in the ballet world,’ said Klieger, who called the accusations against his client ‘a shakedown and a sideshow.’
‘They ultimately decide to pass on the project. But during the period of time that the project was under consideration, they asked for some help to keep with the funding of the project to keep it going. And that’s the $75,000 that is at issue,’ said Klieger.
Katz is a partner in Joel Silver’s film company, Silver Pictures.
As part of their claim, the Buttons submitted text messages which they claim were sent between Humphries and Katz. At the time, Katz was 53 and Humphries was 17
Katz is accused of sending a text message to Humphries, writing: ‘If my guys send u funds will u spend it on/keep it for yourself? And just between us? Even though ur wise beyond your years given our respective ages it would be taken the wrong way’
Katz is a pharmaceutical and real estate mogul worth $4.4billion according to Forbes and recently put his $38.5million Bel Air property on the market, The Real Deal reported.
He has owned the NHL franchise since 2007, overseeing the development of a multi-billion dollar new arena for the team, along with a surrounding ‘Ice District.’
He was previously accused of offering to pay a Brazilian model and actress, Griece Santo, $20,000 a day for sex, allegedly wiring her $35,000 with Santo donating it to charity.
Katz denied the allegations at the time and his lawyer, while discussing the Humphries case, told the CBC ‘there was nothing to that’ and ‘there’s no continuing animosity or anything between’ Katz, Santo and her husband, professional gambler RJ Cipriani, who filed the suit.
‘But I can’t go into details of exactly how they resolved that,’ attorney Robert Klieger added.
Humphries, now 24, is a ballet dancer and model who has been photographed for Vogue Italia, V, Lucky, Interview, Teen Vogue, and W. She remains a member of the Boston Ballet’s Corps de Ballet.