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Dances With Wolves Actor: Drug Charge Dismissed, But Sweeping Sexual Abuse Charges Remain Upheld

Dances With Wolves Actor: Drug Charge Dismissed, But Sweeping Sexual Abuse Charges Remain Upheld
In February, Chasing Horse was charged with sexual attack on a child, kidnapping, child abuse, lewdness, and selling drugs. (Photo: AP Photo/Ty O'Neil)

A Nevada judge kept a sweeping indictment of 18 sexual abuse charges against a former “Dances With Wolves” actor from a Las Vegas grand jury.

Dances With Wolves Actor: Drug Charge Dismissed, But Sweeping Sexual Abuse Charges Remain Upheld

Chasing Horse, who is 46 years old, asked Kierny to throw out the whole charge. (Photo: AP Photo/Ty O’Neil)

Sexual Abuse Charges Linking Chasing Horse

In an order released late Friday afternoon, Clark County District Court Judge Carli Kierny said that state prosecutors had shown enough information for a reasonable grand jury to decide that the sexual assaults happened, but that there was no solid evidence linking Nathan Chasing Horse to the psilocybin mushrooms found in his home during a search for sexual abuse charges. Chasing Horse, who is 46 years old, asked Kierny to throw out the whole sexual abuse charges. He said that the people who accused him of sexual abuse charges wanted to have sex with him. One of the women says that Chasing Horse started beating her before she turned 16, which is the age of consent in Nevada.

Kristy Holston, the public attorney, said she had nothing to say about what the judge had said. In February, Chasing Horse was charged with sexual attack on a child, kidnapping, child abuse, lewdness, and selling drugs. He has been in county jail on $300,000 bail since SWAT officers caught him near the North Las Vegas home he shared with his five wives on January 31.

Indian Country was shocked by his arrest, which led at least three other places to more criminal charges, including Canada, the U.S. District Court in Nevada, and in Montana, specifically the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Chasing Horse was born in South Dakota on the Rosebud Reservation. This is where one of the seven Lakota tribes, the Sicangu Sioux, lives. Most people know Chasing Horse for his role as Smiles a Lot in Kevin Costner’s 1990 movie of the same name.

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Police and prosecutors say that in the years after Chasing Horse was in the Oscar-winning movie, he marketed himself to tribes all over the country as a medicine man with healing skills who could talk to higher beings. They say that he used his position to lead a group called “The Circle,” get access to weak girls and women, and marry them when they were too young.

His sexual abuse charges indictment in state court says that the alleged crimes happened in the early 2000s in Nevada, Montana, and South Dakota, among other places. Authorities say that one of the victims was 14 years old when Chasing Horse told her that their ancestors had told him to have sex with her. Clark County prosecutor Stacy Kollins said in court on Wednesday that her mom is sick, and she has been told that her virginity is the only thing that is still pure about her, and that she must give this up to keep her mom healthy.

Kollins also didn’t say anything about the judge’s ruling on Friday. On May 1, the trial for the state case will start. Chasing Horse has said he is innocent and asked for a hearing within 60 days of being charged. In the next week, he will be back in court to talk about another motion asking the judge for two trials. In the move, Chasing Horse and his lawyers said that his accusers’ claims have nothing to do with each other.

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