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Children’s Theatre faces third sex-abuse lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS - A third lawsuit claiming child sex abuse has been filed against the Children's Theatre Company and one of its former acting coaches. The suit, filed Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court, claims Doe 116, a former student at th...

MINNEAPOLIS - A third lawsuit claiming child sex abuse has been filed against the Children’s Theatre Company and one of its former acting coaches.

The suit, filed Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court, claims Doe 116, a former student at the theater’s school, was sexually abused by Jason McLean for four years, beginning in 1981 when she was about 13 years old.

During that time, McLean appeared regularly as an actor in the theater’s productions and was an acting teacher at the theater’s school.

Two other former child actors, Doe 76 and Laura Adams, filed similar lawsuits in December claiming they were sexually abused by McLean in the 1980s. Adams’ lawsuit was filed jointly with Doe 84, who claims he was abused by the theater’s former director and founder, John Donahue.

All three lawsuits claim the theater had a duty to protect the children and was negligent in its oversight of the adults.

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The lawsuits against McLean mark the first public accusations against the former actor, who now owns the Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theater in Minneapolis.

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