As Disney bows to LGBT lobby classroom agenda, 4 company workers nabbed in sex crimes sweep
"Seems there's a reason Disney, CNN, etc … were fighting the Florida anti-grooming bill so aggressively," tweeted Donald Trump Jr.
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- apprehended by the Polk County Sheriff's Office in a six-day operation
- CBS News reported
- olk County Sheriff Grady Judd identified the suspects
- Disney had initially declined to take a stance on
- Disney CEO Bob Chapek wrote a company-wide email
- according to the email
- employees are demanding
- CNBC reported
As Disney succumbs to the LGBT lobby's campaign against Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill, four workers for the company have been arrested during an undercover human trafficking operation.
Four workers for Disney were among 108 suspects apprehended by the Polk County Sheriff's Office in a six-day operation that began on March 8, CBS News reported.
A 27-year-old lifeguard at Disney World's Polynesian Village Resort, Xavier Jackson, was arrested after sending "sexual images and graphic descriptions of what he wanted to do” to “an undercover detective posing as a 14-year old girl," according to the sheriff's office.
Jackson was charged with three counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor and one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
The three other suspects working for Disney allegedly attempted to solicit a prostitute. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd identified the suspects as 24-year-old Wilkason Fidele, who was employed for four years at the Cosmic Restaurant at Walt Disney World's Tomorrowland; 27-year-old Shubham Malave, who worked as a software developer for Disney while on a visa citizenship from India; and 45-year-old Ralph Leese, who worked in IT for Disney for nearly four years.
Regarding Leese, Judd said: "He's married. So I'm sure Disney's not pleased. I bet his wife's not pleased, but we're pleased that we arrested him."
Disney told CBS News that Jackson, Fidele, and Leese have been placed on unpaid leave but that Malave is not a Disney employee.
Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) tweeted an article about the arrests. "While absolutely repulsive, this is barely shocking if you consider @Disney employees spent the entire week protesting legislation to protect children from forced sexual orientation propaganda in schools," he wrote Thursday.
In a reply tweet, Steube wrote, "Clearly, @Disney should invest more in vetting their employees and less in fighting parents."
Steube was referring to Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill, which has passed the state Legislature and is expected to be signed by Republican Gov. Ron. DeSantis. Disney had initially declined to take a stance on the legislation before reversing itself following backlash from the LGBT lobby.
Andy Ngo, who is gay and the editor-at-large of The Post Millennial, tweeted an article about the arrests on Thursday. "Days after @Disney publicly stated its opposition to Florida's anti-child grooming law, four of its employees were arrested and charged in a human trafficking, child sex predator sting," he commented.
On Friday, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted an article about the arrests of the Disney workers, adding a sardonic dig: "Seems there's a reason Disney, CNN, etc … were fighting the Florida anti-grooming bill so aggressively."
Disney CEO Bob Chapek wrote a company-wide email last Friday, apologizing for his initial response to the bill, which, among other provisions, prevents classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.
"Thank you to all who have reached out to me sharing your pain, frustration and sadness over the company's response to the Florida 'Don't Say Gay' bill," he wrote in the email, which Variety obtained.
"Speaking to you, reading your messages, and meeting with you have helped me better understand how painful our silence was. It is clear that this is not just an issue about a bill in Florida, but instead yet another challenge to basic human rights. You needed me to be a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights and I let you down. I am sorry."
Despite Chapek's apology and a pledge to suspend political donations in the state of Florida, LGBT workers at Disney are planning a walkout in protest next week.
The employees are demanding the company "regain the trust of the LGBTQIA+ community and employees" by committing to stopping "all campaign donations" to a list of "politicians involved in the creation or passage of the 'don't say gay or trans' bill."
Other demands include following "an actionable plan that protects employees from hateful legislation," such as "Stopping any efforts to move employees to Florida office locations."
Walkouts have been scheduled every day since Tuesday, during Disney employees' 15-minute breaks and will culminate in a full-day walkout next Tuesday. The walkout "is not a legally protected action," the organizers note, advising that employees consider their situation "before choosing to participate."
The day-long walkout is to occur during Disney's monthly "reimagine tomorrow" event, CNBC reported. This particular event is called "LGBTQ+ Employees, Leaders and Allies Get Disney Real."
Disney did not respond to a request for comment.
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