Penn Badgley is speaking in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct against her former “You” co-star Chris D’Elia.
Badgley, 33, and D’Elia, 40, starred together on the second season of Netflix’s “You”. D’Elia, who has denied claims that she preyed on underage women in the past, portrayed a beloved comedian who posed as a sexual predator, drugging and assaulting underage girls.
“The idea that a program like ours is indirectly, unknowingly, a haven for people who are abusive is disturbing,” Badgley told the Los Angeles Times. “It is very disturbing.”
Denying the allegations, D’Elia said he “never knowingly persecuted any minor woman at any time,” but his agent and manager left him.
The former “Gossip Girl” star also called for a policy change, saying the system often protects white people.
“And white men of a particular race, who are successful and charismatic,” said Badgley. “I think we should remember that this is the level of change that we are seeking.”
Badgley also said that the producers of “You” contacted actress Jenna Ortega, who appeared in scenes opposite D’Elia, after the allegations came up to make sure she felt safe.
Badgley joined comedians Whitney Cummings and Amy Schumer to address the allegations against D’Elia. Cummings, who starred alongside D’Elia in her “Whitney” show, said she was “devastated” by the claims.
“This is a pattern of predatory behavior. This abuse of power is enabled by silence. Now that I am aware, I will not be silent, ”he wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “Girls should be able to be fans of a comedian they admire without being a sexual target. It is the responsibility of the adult to be an adult. “