Former Young and the Restless star Corey Sligh has been charged with child molestation, the Associated Press reports.
Lieutenant Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says the 29-year-old was arrested and charged in his hometown of Canton, Georgia, on October 14, and was released the same day on a $22,000 bond, according to the A.P. Baker says the girl was under the age of 10, and a police report shows the alleged acts of molestation occurred from April until September, when it was reported by the child’s parents.
Sligh appeared on the CBS soap opera in 2014 and had a recurring role as a waiter and bartender. He also created and starred in the web series All About Lizzie.
The actor told TMZ that the claims are false. “I am innocent and fighting this until the end, and the truth will prevail,” he said.
Sligh made headlines on Thanksgiving 2014 when he was hit by a car and brutally beaten in the parking lot of a Rite Aid in West Hollywood after he told a man who was driving recklessly to slow down. “Hey kids, went to feed some people last night who don’t have blessed thanksgivings and along the way got struck by a drunk driver!” he wrote on Instagram at the time. “Have a surgery to go and another couple days in the hospital but should be fine soon.”
Sligh later told The Wrap that he had to relearn to walk after the incident.