Former CNN producer hit with $15 million civil suit in child sex trafficking case

CNN recently received some negative press coverage after one of its former producers was charged with criminal counts related to child sex trafficking.

Now, reports indicate that John Griffin is facing a $15 million lawsuit filed on behalf of one of his alleged victims.

“Knowingly persuading…and coercing”

According to Fox News, the legal process kicked off last week in Connecticut by the 9-year-old girl’s custodian.

“For several years prior to 2020, the defendant solicited young girls, including the minor plaintiff, for the purpose of knowingly persuading, inducing, enticing, and coercing them to engage in sexual activity, sexual exploitation, and/or sexual trafficking,” the lawsuit asserts.

Specifically, the document claims that Griffin committed “despicable acts” of “horrific sexual abuse” against the young child.

Meanwhile, Griffin is facing one federal count of trafficking and two counts of attempted trafficking following his arrest last month. He is set to stand trial in Vermont. The Justice Department offered its response to the shocking allegations in a statement.

“According to the indictment, from April to July of 2020, Griffin utilized the messaging applications Kik and Google Hangouts to communicate with people purporting to be parents of minor daughters, conveying to them, among other ideas, that a ‘woman is a woman regardless of her age,’ and that women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men,” the DOJ press release stated. “On these communication platforms, Griffin sought to persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive.”

Horrific crimes against children

The Department of Justice went on to provide additional details of Griffin’s alleged crimes.

A Nevada woman is accused of allowing him to follow through with his disturbing proposal. Griffin allegedly paid the woman $3,000 to stay at his home in Vermont while he sexually abused her adopted daughter.

Authorities say drone footage from the scene shows Griffin in his underwear next to the naked 9-year-old girl. When the FBI confronted him with the damning evidence, he reportedly denied any wrongdoing and asserted that he had not even been looking at the child.

Reports suggest that investigators believe Griffin engaged in similar criminal behavior in the case involving the girl behind the new multimillion-dollar civil suit against him.

He has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges against him.

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