Netflix's "Cheer" Season 2: Gabi Butler Opens Up About Jerry Harris

Though Gabi Butler would not condone Jerry Harris' alleged actions, she nonetheless cares for her teammate.

Butler and Harris each starred on Netflix's 2020 hit Cheer, which adopted the underdog Navarro School cheerleading crew, of which they had been members. In September of that 12 months, Harris was arrested and charged with manufacturing of kid pornography.

Within the fifth episode of the second season, which hit Netflix on Jan. 12, titled "Jerry," Butler described feeling like she was "dwelling in a dream" when she realized that Harris was the subject of an FBI investigation. "I couldn't wrap my head round any of that," she remembered. "I felt like somebody had simply died."

Harris pleaded not guilty to seven sex crimes throughout a digital court docket look in December 2020. A spokesperson beforehand stated in an announcement to E! Information, "We categorically dispute the claims made towards Jerry Harris, that are alleged to have occurred when he was an adolescent. We're assured that when the investigation is accomplished, the true details will likely be revealed."

Butler later added that she could not deliver herself to be offended with Harris, who was charged with seven sex crimes, saying, "I do not agree with what he was accused of or condone it in any respect. And it is rather unlucky and it breaks my coronary heart. However it's actually like your loved ones. How are you gonna simply hate your loved ones?"

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"I really feel like individuals anticipate me to be like—effectively, it's best to hate him and it's best to by no means converse to him once more," Butler continued. "However the factor is, I can not. Like, I can not and I will not. I can not flip my again on him. As a result of he was there for me once I once I wanted it."

Although many months have handed since Butler filmed her confessional, she instructed E! Information, "I nonetheless stand very agency on what I stated."

"Do I condone any of the allegations?" she defined. "Completely not. However on the finish of the day, I knew that Jerry that you simply guys all knew from season one... If I used to be having a nasty day, he was there lifting me up; once I was going by way of one thing, he was making me smile."

Butler acknowledged that individuals could be upset together with her response however hopes they'll "perceive" that she did not see that aspect of him.

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All of this was happening as coach Monica Aldama and the Navarro cheer crew had been getting ready for the 2021 Daytona competitors, creating an added sense of stress for Butler, who was collaborating on the championships for the final time.

"This can be very arduous to simply go and fake like nothing else is occurring on this planet as a result of in truth, like, I am not a robotic," Butler shared. "However on the finish of the day, like when I'm doing what I am doing I am very targeted. I do know the right way to have that change off—principally, going into athlete mode and like turning the whole lot off."

Harris stays in jail as he awaits the beginning of his trial.

Watch the second season of Cheer, streaming now on Netflix.

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