Former Glee star Mark Salling has reportedly been axed from upcoming movie Gods & Secrets following his child porn indictment.
Director Adi Shankar insisted he would stand by the actor following his arrest in December 2015, until there was proof he had committed a crime.
Shankar initially told TheWrap.com, “I’m going to wait for all the facts to arrive and if in fact these allegations are true, I will immediately take action, which includes removing his scenes from the project.”
But now it seems the filmmaker has had enough of the drama surrounding Salling and sources tell TMZ he is looking to reshoot the star’s scenes with a replacement.
Shankar will personally fund the reshoots, according to reports – and he plans to donate a percentage of profits from the film, which also features Twilight stars Jackson Rathbone and Kellan Lutz, Denise Richards and Breaking Bad star R.J. Mitte, to an abused children’s charity.
He states, “Child abuse is a cultural cancer whose tentacles penetrate far deeper than a single celebrity caught with illicit images on his computer.”
Salling, who portrayed football-playing punk-turned-singer Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman on Glee and appeared on the show throughout its six-year run from 2009 to 2015, was indicted last week on two counts of child pornography.
The disgraced actor was arrested on December 29 after police officers raided his home in Sunland, California following a tip-off, and allegedly discovered “thousands” of inappropriate images on his personal devices, which were seized.
He was taken into custody following the bust by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force unit and released after posting $20,000 bail. Salling faces up to 20 years in prison for receiving child pornography and 20 years for possessing it.0