brightcove.createExperiences(); Jeremy Jordan is turning to his fans for help in a dramatic family issue that has led to what he calls expensive legal fees.
The Supergirl actor addressed his followers in a Facebook post last week, explaining that his “sweet gay cousin Sarah” is “trapped against her will at a terrible facility in Texas.” Alongside the note, Jordan shared a link to a GoFundMe page called “Save Sarah.”
According to the GoFundMe account, created by Jordan’s brother Joey, Sarah, a 17-year-old high school student, is allegedly being held at an East Texas Christian boarding facility for troubled teens to “pray away the gay.” The page explains that Sarah is allegedly not allowed any form of communication with the outside world, cannot have visitors or leave the property. Funds from the GoFundMe page will allegedly be used to pay the fees of family law attorney Christine Andresen, of CHA Law Group, PC, who was hired to help get Sarah released from the boarding facility.
“Any money collected will go first toward paying Christine’s legal fees and our portion of the amicus attorney fess, which thus far have totaled approximately $20,000,” the page explains, noting that the litigation is taking place in a Texas State court in a county outside of Austin, Texas.
“I can’t comment on pending litigation, other than to authenticate that to the best of my knowledge, the background information on the GoFundMe shared by Sarah’s cousin is truthful,” Andresen said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
According to Andresen’s Austin-based firm’s website, she has “represented LGBT clients in a variety of family law issues that arise from LGBT and queer relationships in Texas.”
The GoFundMe page explains that Sarah can’t leave the facility because state law permits parents to force their children to stay in a residential boarding facility until their 18th birthday. Sarah allegedly tried to run away from the facility, but was quickly apprehended by staff.
“I can’t believe beautiful, smart, incredible kids like my cousin Sarah are still being told that being gay is wrong,” Jordan, 31, wrote on Facebook, adding, “She may not be able to see it now, but please show her how much she matters and take a stand to help us free this wonderful young woman and welcome her back to a world of love and acceptance.”
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Jordan assured fans of the authenticity of the situation on Twitter, writing last week, “We understand some people are nervous to give money without knowing more. I assure you this is no scam, and we are working to provide some more specifics to help you make a more enforced decision. We hope all of u can help in any way to #SaveSarah.”
Sarah, according to the campaign, is in the top 10 percent of her class, runs cross-country and belongs to the National Honor Society. She was allegedly sent to the boarding facility after attending prom with her girlfriend.
“It BREAKS MY HEART this sweet young girl who’s only ‘issue’ is loving another girl has been sent to a facility for ‘troubled teens,’ ” Jordan wrote in another Facebook post. “News flash, folks, there’s nothing wrong with her.”