Actor Gary Busey is facing charges of sexual misconduct and harassment stemming from his behavior at a fan convention in New Jersey, police said Saturday.
Police in Cherry Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia in New Jersey, have charged 78-year-old Busey with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual interference, one of attempted criminal sexual contact and the other of harassment. , officers said in a statement.
The charges stem from offenses at the annual horror-movie-focused Monster Mania convention at the Doubletree Hotel Aug. 12-14 in Cherry Hill, police added.
Busey, who lives in Malibu, Calif., was to be the featured guest for the three-day event.
It remains unclear whether Busey has an attorney to comment on the charges on his behalf.
“It was about contact — it was about touching,” Cherry Hill Township Police Lt. Robert Scheunemann reported, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to police, they had received “several complaints” about Busey’s behavior.
“We are not commenting,” a spokesperson for the local county attorney’s office said of the charges.
Busey is widely known as a character actor who has appeared in over 100 films, mostly in supporting roles. His various acting credits include Point Break, Under Siege, Rookie of the Year, Lethal Weapon and Predator 2.
He came to international attention when he was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for playing the title role in the 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story.
Busey faced drug charges in 1995 after authorities found cocaine and other narcotics during a search of his Malibu home. His charges included one count of possession of cocaine and three counts of possession of marijuana, possession of magic mushrooms and being under the influence of cocaine.
Busey has also previously been arrested for domestic abuse. During the 2011 season of Celebrity Apprentice, he was accused of sexually assaulting a female employee of the show.
“We were outside smoking cigarettes and Busey was standing next to me,” the employee told The Daily Beast in 2016.
” I did not know what to do. So I made this joke, ‘Oh, I’ve never been sexually harassed by a celebrity before!’ Then he grabbed my hand and put it down [over] his penis, and said, like, ‘I’m just getting started, baby.'”