t's official: Clowns are terrifying.
Barry Lubin, a.k.a. Grandma the Clown of the Big Apple Circus, resigned on Tuesday due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
The reckoning has hit the circus world, and I have a feeling this won't be the only story to come out from under the Big Top.
Barry Lubin, 65, resigned from the Big Apple Circus after former aerialist Zoe Dunne informed circus officials of her experience with him.
She revealed that he pressured her into taking pornographic photos when she was just 16 years old.
In a statement through his lawyer, Lubin said, “The allegations are true.”
"What I did was wrong," the statement continues, "and I take full responsibility for my actions."
Dunne is now 29 — she told The New York Times that Lubin hired her in 2004 and then presented her with the opportunity for a little extra work.
The job? She would model for his personal photography business.
In his trailer at Lincoln Center, he told her he was taking photos for a Japanese paint-on tattoo company.
The New York Times reported that he made her lie on a bed in a bathing suit and pretend to be asleep. Then, he told her to imagine how she would feel about getting to go on a date with Ashton Kutcher.
"I felt overwhelmingly sad, not excited," Dunne told the Times.
This is already disturbing enough.
But this is not where it ends.