A Disney music executive was arrested and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child last month, stemming from decade-old allegations that he sexually abused two underage girls over a period of multiple years.
Jon Heely, the 58-year-old director of music publishing at Disney, is accused of victimizing one girl when she was 15 and another girl starting when she was 11 and continuing until she was 15, Variety reported.
Disney confirmed in a statement that Heely was terminated late Friday, as soon as the company was made aware of the charges against him.
â€śImmediately upon learning of this situation tonight, he has been suspended without pay until the matter is resolved by the courts,â€ť a spokesman for the company said.
Heely was arrested on November 16 and released nearly a week later on $150,000 bail. He pleaded not guilty to all three counts and is due back in court on January 10. If convicted, Heely faces up to nine years and three months in prison.
His attorney, Robert Helfend, shot down the allegations against his client.
â€śHe vehemently denies these allegations and we will be fighting until the end to clear his name,â€ť Helfend said. â€śItâ€™s a shame, and thatâ€™s all Iâ€™ve got to say.â€ť
Heely oversees the licensing of music from Disney films and has been with the company since 1981. He also produced the â€śFantasia Live in Concertâ€ť series that sees a live orchestra accompany film clips from Disneyâ€™s 1940 â€śFantasiaâ€ť and â€śFantasia 2000.â€ť
His Twitter bio reads, â€śDisney Concerts and living to glorify God in all things.â€ť