On Tuesday, May 7, Former Vice President of Walt Disney, Michael Laney, was convicted of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl.
Laney, 73, was convicted of four counts of sexual abuse in the first degree after a six-day trial. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Souede acquitted Laney of three counts of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree sex abuse. On June 14, he was sentenced to 81 months in prison, 120 months of post-prison supervision, and a $4,000 fine.
According to court documents, Laney began abusing the victim in 2009, when she was about 7 years old, but the official report hadn’t been filed until 2017. It was during this investigation that Portland’s Police Bureau uncovered additional victims of Laney, but many are left wondering how many more children had been victims over the years.
DISNEY’S DARK PAST
However, what is truly frightening is the fact that this case is far from an anomaly within Disney. In the past, Disney has been found to not only hire, but often put pedophiles and sex offenders in the proximity of children under Disney’s organizations, projects, and staff. Prime examples of this are with convicted pedophiles Brian Peck in the X-Men franchise and Victor Salva in Jeepers Creepers.
The horror doesn’t stop there. After news of Salva’s abuse went public, the entertainment industry went up in arms to defend him, with the LA Times writing
“As controversy swirled around filmmaker Victor Salva, who pleaded guilty in 1988 to molesting a boy on the set of his low-budget picture ‘Clownhouse,’ Salva’s agent said that a good showing at the box office may salvage the 37-year-old director’s career,” Soon after, his agent, David Gersh, posited that “At least three studios are meeting with him. One has already given Victor scripts to read,” and “If ‘Powder’ does well,” Gersh added, “Victor will see work again. He is a true talent. If not . . . who’s to say?”
With members of Hollywood openly embracing and forgiving criminal pedophiles, and Disney consistently giving sex offenders employment, it may be wise to question Disney’s character and consider the possibility that they knew about Laney’s past offenses. However, the answer to those questions may have massive and twisted implications.
Did Disney know? Is this seeming trend something that should be taken seriously or are incidents like these coincidence? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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