Big Apple Circus clown resigns over sexual misconduct

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 06: Grandma the Clown attends the 2009 Big Apple Circus opening night gala benefit at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center on November 6, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) – A beloved circus performer known as Grandma the clown has resigned from the Big Apple Circus following accusations that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist to pose for pornographic photos.

The circus’s chairman, Neil Kahanovitz, told The New York Times on Tuesday that 65-year-old Barry Lubin offered his resignation on Friday shortly after the alleged victim came forward.

In a statement released by his lawyer, Lubin apologized for his conduct, saying the sexual misconduct allegations are true and that he takes full responsibility for his actions.

The female victim said it happened during the Big Apple’s 2004 season in New York. She said she was at first hired to work with the mini-troupe, but then Lubin persuaded her to model for his personal photography business.

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