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Penn Badgley Reacts to Allegations Against 'You' Co-Star Chris D'Elia

Penn Badgley Reacts to Allegations Against 'You' Co-Star Chris D'Elia

Penn Badgley is reacting to the allegations against his You co-star Chris D’Elia. Many women came forward on Twitter earlier this month with allegations of sexual harassment and underage grooming.

“It did affect me deeply. I was very troubled by it. I am very troubled by it. I don’t know Chris. I know that, if there’s anything we need to do in this age, it’s to believe women,” Penn said on the Los Angeles Timespodcast.

He also revealed that You producers contacted 17-year-old actress Jenna Ortega, who played opposite D’Elia‘s predatory character on the show.

“The first thing our producers did was reach out to Jenna, who played Ellie, the girl opposite Chris in those scenes, just to make sure she felt safe. We can feel safe and sound there,” Penn added.

“The idea that a show like ours would indirectly, unwittingly be a haven for people who are abusive is disturbing. It’s very disturbing,” Penn continued. “Does a show like ours help to create that culture? Well, I know that at least our show … thinks about things in a dismantling, deconstructive manner. I would hope that at least our show is not serving to uphold these kind of, like, bunk ways of being and these systems, right?”

You will be returning for another season.

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