Broadway ‘Beast’ actor pleads guilty in molestation charges

Broadway “Beast” James Barbour was exposed on Thursday as a liar and a child molester, while his victim and his wife looked on.

The New York Daily News reports that Barbour, who once played the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast,” pleaded guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child – 13 months after he called his accuser a conniving gold digger.

The 21-year-old victim sat just a few rows away from the actor’s wife, Barbour quietly admitted he forced a sexual act on her.

When Justice Micki Scherer asked Barbour if he was aware of the aspiring actress’ age at the time of the incident, he replied, “Yes, 15.”

Barbour lured the victim to his apartment by promising to introduce her to theatrical producers – and thenĀ hadĀ oral sex with her.

It was a humiliating admission by the 41-year-old actor, who in December 2006 said through his lawyer the aspiring actress leveled the charges against him after learning he had inherited a large sum of money.

“She left NYU, she’s working in a bakery, she’s completely out of money,” his lawyer Ronald Fischetti had claimed. “The motivation has to be because he’s coming into money, and because he’s becoming a Broadway star.”

Prosecutors produced a secretly recorded tape in which Barbour referred to himself as “unethical.” They also revealed that another woman has accused Barbour of sexually assaulting her in California when she was just 13.

Now Barbour is heading to the big house when he is sentenced on Feb. 29. He faces 60 days in prison and three years’ probation.

While Barbour will not have to register as a sex offender, but he has to complete a sex-offender treatment program and give cops access to his computer files.

Leaving the courtroom with his wife on his arm, Barbour, who lives in California, said only, “We’re just happy to have it behind us.”

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