Man Who Played Grandma the Clown in Big Apple Circus Quits Amid Sex Scandal

The most famous clown in America is now admitting he did terrible things to a teenage aerialist. Grandma the Clown, the star of the world-renowned Big Apple Circus, is instantly recognizable with a gray wig, pearl necklace and red dress. Barry Lubin, the 65-year-old man behind the popular character, told “The New York Times” that he pressured the then-16-year-old aerialist, Zoey Dunne, into posing for pornographic photos in 2004. Dunne is now 29.