“The idea that a show like ours would indirectly, unwittingly be a haven for people who are abusive is disturbing. It’s very disturbing,” says Badgley.https://t.co/0HrUBlGPKg— LAT Entertainment (@latimesent) June 24, 2020
In an interview for an upcoming episode of The Times’ TV podcast, “Can’t Stop Watching,” Penn Badgley addressed the allegations of sexual misconduct against his You costar Chris D’Elia. D'Elia has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, including several who were underage at the time.
Penn said in part: "The idea that a show like ours would indirectly, unwittingly be a haven for people who are abusive is disturbing. It’s very disturbing." (D’Elia played a beloved comedian who drugged and assaulted young women in season two)
He continued, "What is really important is to recognize the practices, the regulations, the laws that underwrite every one of these systems that act as a haven for the individuals that take advantage, namely white men."
Penn added that after the allegations against D’Elia emerged, producers of “You” reached out to actress Jenna Ortega, who shared screen time with D’Elia “to make sure she felt safe. We can feel safe and sound there."
D’Elia has since been dropped by both his agent and manager.