An affidavit alleging a Boy Scout leader sung ‘Hakuna Matata’ naked in front of troops will be tacked on to a pending $320m lawsuit against the organization.
Parents of two Troop 95 boys had filed the multi-million suit in March 2017, accusing the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) of being “grossly negligent, careless and reckless in their ownership, management, control, care, and maintenance” of their scouts. A mum who filed the lawsuit noted an April 2012 incident where a naked Michael Kelsey had performed “Hakuna Matata”—in front of her son and other kids—after an evening swim in a locker room. The boy’s mother signed a Dutchess County Supreme Court affidavit alleging Kelsey’s “hips [were] gyrating and penis swinging about” as he voiced “The Lion King” song. “He basically told me that he talked to the other boys and they didn’t see or hear anything,” the mother spoke to local news reporters, recounting the dialog with troop leader Richard Robbins. “He said maybe my son misunderstood what he saw. I said, ‘My son misunderstood a naked man singing ‘Hakuna Matata?’”
Four years following the complaint filed against Kelsey, he was convicted of sexually abusing two 14-year-old scouts during a camping trip overnight in August 2014. He was sentenced ultimately to five years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision. “They [the boys] didn’t tell us,” the suing mom told reporters. “They formulated a plan to tell another assistant scoutmaster they trusted who then went directly to the scoutmaster and told him.” Referring to court records, a mother of one of the victims volunteered to have a taped telephone conversation with Kelsey. In court, Kelsey would try to vindicate the incriminating phone call as the consequence of a mental breakdown. “He admitted that he attempted to molest my son,” she remarked. “He said that he thought he was in love with my son. He also admitted molesting (the other teen) and that he had these feelings all the time and that he can control himself.” Reportedly Kelsey, a disbarred lawyer, has plans on representing himself during civil proceedings.
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