A Florida man was arrested for battery over the weekend when he allegedly groped a Disney princess while visiting Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
The incident went down Saturday when 51-year-old Brian Sherman of Orlando visited the park with his wife and took pictures with Disney characters.
According to an arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Sherman became "very excited" while taking a photo with a specific princess and remarked that she was his "favorite" before allegedly putting his arm around her and groping her breast.
Officials also did not identify which princess was involved.
Co-workers told deputies the princess was "unable to move" and became visibly distraught while Sherman held her close. Apparently the characters' handler tried to get Sherman to hop into a different pose, but he refused.
The affidavit claims Sherman "cupped and lifted the victim’s right breast for approximately three to four seconds," and that only a thin piece of fabric separated his hand from her actual skin.
"The defendant did actually and intentionally touch the victim against her will by placing his right arm around her shoulders and reaching down."
Sherman, who is a registered sex offender, posed for multiple photographs with his arm around the princess, and when he left, the meet & greet room was shut down by castmembers. The affidavit claims the victim "began shaking and crying" and that she told deputies she wanted the man prosecuted, even agreeing to testify in court.
The meet and greet room was closed immediately following the incident, according to the affidavit. The victim “began shaking and crying" when Sherman left the room, the affidavit said, and later told deputies she wanted Sherman to be prosecuted and would testify in court.
The photos taken by the Disney World parks photographer were used by deputies to identify and arrest Sherman, and he was booked on a charge of battery.
A statement from The Walt Disney Co. said:
"Everyone should feel safe at work, and we encourage Cast Members to come forward in any uncomfortable situation.”
Walt Disney World Resort has strict policies on the guest code of conduct, especially when it comes to dealing with characters and castmembers.
"Please show common courtesy to fellow Guests and our Cast Members by not using profanity or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive or offensive behavior, jumping lines or saving places in lines for others."
The most recent incident at Disney World is extremely troubling, but it's not the first time things have gone wrong at the House of Mouse.
Earlier this year, a fight broke out among family members at Disneyland's Toontown in Anaheim, CA. Video of the fight, which went down July 6, showed a woman spitting in a man's face, which resulted in him punching her multiple times. Afterward, the same guy accused a relative of hitting his mother before savagely knocking the woman down and continuing a brutal attack. It even carried over to the parking lot when the man allegedly tried to run down a Disney castmember who was trying to escort him off the property.
The three participants were arrested but the one aggressor was hit with the most serious charges. Avery Desmond-Edwinn Robinson was charged with one felony count of domestic battery and five misdemeanor counts of battery, including four counts of child abuse.