On Monday, TMZ revealed that former Young and the Restless actor Corey Sligh was arrested and charged with child molestation in his home state of Georgia. He was released the same day on a $22,000 bond.
Read on to find out what we know.
1. The Alleged Victim’s Parents Reported the Allegations of Molestation
According to CBS46, the alleged victim’s parents reported the allegations of molestation on September 24. CBS46 Atlanta writes, “Police say the alleged victim is a female under the age of 10 at the time of the incident(s).” Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County’s Sheriff’s Office reportedly told TheWrap on Monday that the actor knew the alleged victim.
Corey spoke to TMZ on Monday, saying, “I am innocent and fighting this until the end, and the truth will prevail.”
2. He Was Brutally Beaten in 2014
In 2014, Sligh was walking through a Rite Aid parking lot in West Hollywood on Thanksgiving when he was struck by a vehicle and then beaten, according to the Daily Mail. The actor was taken to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he suffered multiple injuries, including a broken arm. The two suspects who attacked Sligh were identified as Dusan Lilic and Nikola Ilic. According to CBS Los Angeles, prosecutors charged the men with assault and other counts in connection with the incident. The outlet reported that both men pleaded not guilty in the attacks. According to CBS Los Angeles, the statement issued by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office read, “If convicted as charged, Lilic faces up to seven years in state prison, while Ilic faces a maximum four-year prison term.” Nikola’s bail was set at $50,000 and Dusan’s was set at $85,000.
Sligh was heading to drop off food to a friend when the incident occurred. His girlfriend at the time, Alisa Berhost, was with him, and told KLAC9, “[The assailants] almost hit people in the parking lot. They were hitting curbs, and Corey said, ‘Please slow down or we’re gonna call the cops, just go home.'”
LAPD Detective Kevin Becker told ABC News that the two men were “driving, playing recklessly with their car”, and hit Sligh after he “yelled at them to stop.” It was at that point that one of the men got out and began beating the actor.
3. He Played a Bartender and Waiter on ‘the Young and the Restless’
Sligh is perhaps best known for his appearances on The Young and the Restless, where he played a bartender and waiter. According to CBS-46 Atlanta, he is also known for his work on the series, All About Lizzie.
4. Sligh Is From Georgia
TMZ writes, “According to docs … the alleged acts of molestation occurred between between April and September.” The outlet has reached out to his reps, but they have yet to comment on the allegations.
Sligh’s Twitter bio reads, “Georgia native and love any team from ATL. Lived all over the world acting and modeling and now posted up in LA LA LAnd”
5. He Is 28
Sligh is 28-years old.
After being beaten in 2014, he spent months recuperating and learning how to walk again. In January 2015, the Music Times wrote an article tracking his progress. “The actor was finally released from the hospital with much of the left side of his body still bruised. He also has a plate and screws in his right arm and will need extensive physical therapy in order to get himself out of a wheelchair… Still, Sligh is focusing on his goal of getting back to work and thinks he got off easy.”
In his interview with The Wrap, Sligh claims he is not angry with the two men, despite the pain they caused him. “I have no hatred for these guys,” he tells the Wrap. “It was pretty scary [being] on the hood of that car, but I’m happy to still be able to move my neck. I’m happy to have the problem of relearning to walk instead of not being able to walk at all. I’m pretty blessed.”