A circus group was removed from the Williamson County Fair after inappropriate sexual actions were reported during a performance Monday night.
Nolensville resident Kristin Benton attended the show.
“I was looking around like is anyone seeing what I’m seeing,” Benton said.
She was inside Cirque Ma’Ceo Monday night at the Williamson County Fair when she says volunteers were pulled into the ring.
“The moment when something seemed off was when he directed the male and female to physically interact,” Benton said.
Benton says things crossed the line when a clown motioned the woman volunteer to give him a kiss on the cheek.
“She goes in to give him a kiss on the cheek and he turns and kisses her on the lips,” Benton said.
Benton immediately left and took to Facebook.
“Not just as a mother of daughters, but as a survivor or sexual abuse and someone who coaches and mentors women who survived sexual trauma, for me it is about speaking up, no one ever wants to speak up,” Benton said.
Benton got a lot of reaction. One woman even wrote to the circus saying she was a survivor of sexual abuse and this disgusted her. The response that woman got from the company shocked Benton.
“Take your victimhood and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine, that’s a bit severe,” Benton said.
Williamson County Fair was made aware of the incident and the company’s response, and less than 24 hours later they took action.
“He made some comments that were not in line with missions of the Williamson County Fair Board,” 2018 Entertainment Chair for the Williamson County Fair Diane Giddens said. "Other things were brought to the attention of the fair board members, the decision was ultimately made to terminate the act."
It’s an action Benton says should set an example.
"I could not be prouder of them and I know it's not a fun situation for them," Benton said."I think they set a perfect example of how these situations should be handled."
Cirque Ma’Ceo is not part of the Williamson County Fair, they are a contracted act.
No shows were performed after the complaint was made on Facebook Monday night.
The circus appears to be going to a Georgia fair next, according to that fair’s Facebook page they are also investigating the incident.
News 4 reached out to Cirque Ma’Ceo for comment but have not heard back.
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