“The statements made to the police regarding the accuser’s own counsel’s advice seem peculiar, tearing away the veracity from the stale allegations,” Massey’s lawyer added. “The accusers in no hidden agenda attempt to use the Washington courts as a platform for revenge after losing the civil matter. Indeed, California counsel withdrew from representation from the accuser leaving us to conclude that he was not willing to make misrepresentations to the court.”
In 2019, the girl’s mother sued Massey in civil court in California for $1.5 million over his alleged behavior but eventually realized he “didn’t have enough money to make the case worth it” and dropped the lawsuit, according to a police statement noted in the criminal filing by the prosecuting attorney for King County, Wash. After the civil lawsuit was filed, Massey’s lawyer said in a statement that the actor denied “any alleged misconduct” and called the filing an “extortion attempt.”
After dropping the suit, the girl’s mother contacted police in Washington, where the family lived during the pair’s alleged communication, to move forward with criminal allegations. The teen’s mom provided the authorities with a thumb drive allegedly containing explicit photos and videos that the actor sent her daughter, telling them Massey knew her child since she was 4 and was well aware of her current age, Washington authorities said in the court filing.