Monica Aldama is doing everything she can to stay strong in the midst of all the legal drama that forged from the controversial arrest of ‘Cheer’ Star Jerry Harris.
The Navarro College cheerleading coach and her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy jived to the rhythms of the peppy Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” during week 2 of Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday.
Dancing with the Stars dancer Aldama said, “The work ethic comes easy to me but the dance does not.” She pre-recorded her thoughts where she said, “In cheer, we have a motto: You keep going until you get it right … pushing myself is so important to me,” and played it just before she gave a tremendous performance.
Judge Bruno Tonioli said, “I think your cheerleading quality really helped you with this. Keep the energy because it’s there,” but Derek Hough seemed to really enjoy her dance and told her that he really enjoyed what she brought on the stage.
She tried to show the confusing situation and affliction the entire cast and crew of the Cheer experienced including herself throughout the difficult week. According to ET, Harris was arrested last week on serious charges of child pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois reported to ET that following Monday’s detention hearing, a judge ordered Harris to be in custody pending any renewed request for a detention hearing.
“This week has been extremely tough. I’m mentally and physically drained, but I am determined to show up tomorrow and make my team proud,” Aldama wrote. “Thank you @valentin for your support and encouragement this week. Let’s kill this jive tomorrow! #TeamValdama #DWTS.”
She took it to Instagram to show how tough time has become for her with a picture from her rehearsal.
According to ET reports, Harris was virtually talking to a non-age boy on social media and provoked him to present sexually explicit videos and photographs of himself. He deliberately asked him for such inappropriate content to send him. When the minor victim informed the police about the harassment against Harris, he ended up in the custody. The boy was only 13 years old when he started to have manipulative conversations and an online encounter of sexual assault.
When the FBI searched Harris’ Naperville home on September 14, and there he admitted in the interview that he enticed the minor to produce lewd picture and videos, also he used to have sex with the boy occasionally, even though he was well aware that he was a boy of only 13.
Production of child pornography is punishable by a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years. A Netflix spokesperson said, “Any abuse of minors is a terrible crime and we respect the legal process.”
Aldama finally exchanged her thoughts on this unbelievable event. She wrote, “My heart is shattered into a million pieces. I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news,” on social media.
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