A CNN producer who often boasted about his closeness with recently fired anchor Chris Cuomo was arrested Friday after he was charged with “three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity” by a federal grand jury in Vermont.
The producer is 44-year-old John Griffin, who allegedly attempted to “entice parents of underage girls to hand over their daughters for sexual training hosted by himself” reports The Federalist.
Griffin has worked for CNN the past nine years has allegedly used social media online messaging platforms such as Kik and Google Hangouts to lure parents and their underage daughters to his house in order to teach them sexually.
Griffin’s LinkedIn page stated his position as “LEAD ANCHOR’S SENIOR PRODUCER, CNN ‘NEW DAY.’ Works shoulder-to-shoulder with lead anchor Chris Cuomo, seeing him through each show and producing live breaking news across the country and around the world.”
If convicted, Griffin could face life in prison, as well as “the federal government intends to seek the forfeiture of Griffin’s Ludlow house, his Tesla, a Mercedes, and other property that was used in the commission of the charged offenses.”
The Federalist reports on the case details:
According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s official press release, Griffin allegedly said a “woman is a woman regardless of her age,” and boasted that he could teach girls how to become sexually submissive.
Griffin started in April 2020 by trying to entice minors to engage in sexual activity online and even offered to host a “virtual training session” where he reportedly instructed a mother and daughter to do sexual acts in front of him.
In June of 2020, Griffin allegedly convinced and paid a mother with two underage daughters $3,000 to fly her 9-year-old across the country from Nevada to Boston to be “trained properly.”
“The mother and child flew to Boston in July of 2020, where Griffin picked them up in his Tesla and drove them to his Ludlow house. At the house, the daughter was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity,” the press release stated.
Griffin allegedly made a similar offer to the mother of a 16-year-old girl that same month.
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BREAKING: Elon Musk dissolves Twitter’s 9-member board, appoints himself ‘sole director’
Elon Musk has dissolved Twitter’s board of directors and appointed himself the company’s “sole director,” according to a Monday securities filing. The board included nine directors.
Immediately after completing his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on Thursday, Musk fired several senior executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal.
Elon Musk has finally acquired Twitter and taking a sharp and swift axe to the company. Musk announced plans to reverse the lifetime bans for Twitter users who had previously been kicked off the platform under Twitter’s previous violations of the First Amendment.
Musk took over Twitter late Thursday, and immediately fired CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, senior legal representative Vijaya Gadde, and general counsel Sean Edgett, the Washington Post reported.
Earlier this week Twitter employees banned together to protest Musk’s plans to fire or replace nearly 75% of the staff; but to no avail. Musk fired major executives and intends to replace CEO Parag Agrawal temporarily with himself until he finds a permanent replacement, a source told Bloomberg.
Twitter workers created an open letter, obtained by Time, demanding that Musk not get rid of anyone and not discriminate against them on the basis of political views.
Oh the irony, the staff asked to be treated completely opposite of how they ran the company:
“We demand to be treated with dignity, and to not be treated as mere pawns in a game played by billionaires,” it read. “A threat of this magnitude is reckless, undermines our users’ and customers’ trust in our platform, and is a transparent act of worker intimidation.”
Despite the worry from Twitter employees, Musk has maintained faithful to his reason and purpose behind purchasing the giant company. Musk tweeted his motivations on Thursday, just before he fully acquired Twitter:
“The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence,” Musk wrote.
Dear Twitter Advertisers pic.twitter.com/GMwHmInPAS
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 27, 2022
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