Actor Stoney Westmoreland, who plays the title character’s grandfather on Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” was arrested Friday in Salt Lake City and is accused of trying to arrange a sexual liaison with a minor.
Westmoreland, 48, is charged with trying to entice, solicit, seduce or lure a minor by internet or text, and well as “dealing in materials harmful” to a minor, according to the Salt Lake County sheriff’s department.
“Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today. Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement provided to TheWrap, “we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work on the series which wraps production on its third season next week.”
“Andi Mack” films at Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Junior High.
Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL reported Friday that Westmoreland attempted to arrange sex online with a person he believed to be 13 years old. The outlet reports that an affidavit filed in the third district court accuses the actor of communicating with the person he believed to be underage “on an internet app used for dating and meeting people for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.”
According to the affadavit, as reported by KSL, Westmoreland requested sexual acts and nude photos from the person, and sent them pornographic materials.
Westmoreland has appeared in television shows such as “Better Call Saul,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Scandal,” and films such as “Godzilla” (1998).
Representatives for Westmoreland did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.
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Amazon Studios has closed a production deal with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television for eight thrillers, Amazon announced Wednesday.
The feature length productions will be released direct-to-service on Amazon Prime Video, and the two companies are committing to attaching diverse and underrepresented filmmakers to these titles. The deal marks Amazon Studios’ first ever global direct-to-service deal for feature length productions.
“Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spinetingling. He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy. We can’t wait to see the nightmares he brings direct to service for our Prime Video global audience.”
Blum added, “We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills to its global audience through this deal This is a great opportunity for Blumhouse Television to empower underrepresented filmmakers offering a fresh take on the dark genres loved by fans the world over.”
Most recently, Amazon closed an exclusive first-look deal with Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films, director Reed Morano and Oscar winner Jordan Peele.
Up next for Amazon Studios is Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,” Poland’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The studio also has “Suspiria” currently in theaters, as well as Felix van Groeningen’s “Beautiful Boy.”
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