American News Jan 11, 2022 11:07 AM EST

Former CNN producer John Griffin faces $15 million civil lawsuit alleging 'horrific sexual abuse' of Connecticut minor

"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..."

Former CNN producer John Griffin faces $15 million civil lawsuit alleging 'horrific sexual abuse' of Connecticut minor
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Former CNN producer John Griffin, who was fired last month amidst allegations of child sex trafficking, has been named in a Connecticut civil lawsuit that alleges Griffin engaged in "horrific sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault" of the underage plaintiff.

"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, obtained by Fox News, alleges.

The lawsuit was filed in Bridgeport, Connecticut last week on behalf of a 9-year-old "Jane Doe" and custodial "next best friend" Janet Doe. It seeks up to $15 million in damages and fees.

Griffin was fired from his producer position at CNN last month after it was revealed that he had lured underaged girls to "engage in unlawful sexual activity."

Griffin was charged in December by a grand jury in Vermont "with three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity."

Between April and July 2020, Griffin is alleged to have used online messaging platforms like Kik and Google Hangouts to reach out to parents with underage daughters, telling parents "that a 'woman is a woman regardless of her age,' and that women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men," according to the indictment.

He had allegedly reached out to three women and their underaged daughters. Only one woman, residing in Nevada, reportedly took him up on his offer.

A 2020 criminal complaint in Nevada announced last month revealed that the 9-year-old adoptive victim's 48-year-old mother Heather Carriker had accepted over $3,000 USD from former CNN producer John Griffin to fly to Boston and stay overnight in his multimillion-dollar Vermont chalet for a week where he engaged in the sexual abuse of the daughter.

Evidence against Griffin reportedly include a drone video taken by Griffin which showed a "completely naked 9-year-old girl" standing next to him in his underwear, according to court filings.

"When confronted with this video during an interview by FBI agents, Griffin's first response was merely to suggest he was not looking at the naked girl, despite that she was standing so close to him to be touching," the prosecutor's pretrial detention memo reads.

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