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Allegation that Oilers owner Daryl Katz paid underage ballet dancer for withdrawn sex

A couple who accused the billionaire owner of the Edmonton Oilers of paying an underage ballerina $75,000 for sexual favors have withdrawn their civil lawsuit against him in Nevada federal court.

The allegations against NHL team owner Daryl Katz were made by dance instructor Mitchell Taylor Button and his wife, Dusty Button, not by alleged victim Sage Humphries, who has denied the charges by through a lawyer.

The Buttons, who have been accused of sexual abuse by Humphries and six other ballerinas, withdrew their third-party counterclaim on August 3, after receiving evidence that their claims were untrue from the billionaire’s lawyers.

Dancer Sage Humphries has denied the charges through a lawyer.
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Owner Daryl Katz
Katz’s attorney denied the allegations against his client, calling them “baseless and libelous.”
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“The Buttons have received reliable evidence challenging their prior understanding of Sage’s true age,” the couple’s attorney, Marc Randazza, said in court documents obtained by the Post. “It is simply unfair to accuse Mr. Katz. . . of having been involved with Sage Humphries when she was 17 if there is reliable evidence to the contrary.

The now-discontinued counterclaim was filed in response to a 2021 lawsuit brought against the Buttons by Humphries and other ballet dancers, who accused the pair of sexual abuse.

The Buttons told the court in July they were in a consensual ‘threesome sex’ with Humphries when she was 18 – but also alleged Katz had sex with the dancer when she was underage, calling her a “child prostitute”.

Katz’s attorney, Robert Klieger, has denied the allegations against his client from the start, calling them “baseless and libelous.”

The hockey team owner’s attorney said his client and Humphries met once in 2016 to discuss a project the teenager was pitching to his film company, Silver Pictures.

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The Buttons had claimed that Katz had sex with the dancer when she was underage.
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Humphries’ lawyer told NBC News in July that “Sage had a business relationship with Mr. Katz and there had never been a sexual relationship between them.”