Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz has been named in a court filing alleging he paid an underage girl “at least $75,000” for sex. The billionaire has been the owner of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers for nearly 15 years now.
Katie Strang of The Athletic reported Katz is a third party in a lawsuit filed by a group of ballerinas who say they were sexually abused by dance teacher Mitchell Taylor Button and his wife, Dusty Button. The filings came as part of a counterclaim in response to a lawsuit filed against a dance teacher accused of sexual abuse. That counterclaim alleged that Katz paid a 17-year-old ballerina for sex.
Katz is one of three men being accused of having sexual relations with the girl when she was underage. There are reportedly text messages proving Katz did have contact with the girl.
The text messages show Katz talking to Humphries about making payments of $50,000 and $25,000.
“If my guys send u funds will u spend it on/keep it for yourself?” Katz allegedly wrote. “And just between us? Even though u r wise beyond your years given our respective ages it would be taken the wrong way.”
“Yes .. Just between us,” Humphries allegedly replies.
“OK will have one of my guys email u. He will send you 50K,” Katz then allegedly replied.
The NHL released a statement saying it is “in the process of looking into the matter.”