Grandma the Clown, long a mainstay performer at the Big Apple Circus, has stepped down after an acrobat said he pressured her into taking pornographic photos when she was 16, according to a report.
Barry Lubin, who donned a gray wig to play the grandma role for more than 25 years, confirmed the accusations against him and resigned immediately, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
“The allegations are true,” Lubin said in a statement to The Times. “What I did was wrong, and I take full responsibility for my actions.”
The acrobat, Zoe Dunne, said that in 2004 she met the performer at a summer camp for children.
Lubin later allegedly asked the girl to come to his trailer, where he took photographs of her and eventually coaxed her to expose herself to the camera.
He paid her $100 for the shoot and asked her to return. She did not.
Dunne said she contacted police in 2011 or 2012 but was told that the statute of limitations had expired, according to The Times.
She also tried to contact the circus, but Grandma was on hiatus.
After seeing an ad last year that said Grandma the Clown was back in the circus, Dunne contacted Big Apple again, and the new ownership immediately took action.