Percy Hynes White has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct posted about him on social media earlier this year.
The actor played the role of psychic student Xavier Thorpe in the first season of the Netflix hit series Wednesday, alongside Jenna Ortega in the title role. Based on the fictional Addams Family, the series follows daughter Wednesday Addams (Ortega) as she attends a high school for students with magical powers.
In January, Hynes White was accused of alleged sexual activity with several women in a series of tweets, with at least one message claiming that one victim was a minor. In response to the first few tweets Wednesday Fans have lobbied for his removal from the show. The tweets appear to have since been deleted.
Hynes White has now responded publicly to the allegations for the first time. The 21-year-old actor, while not providing specific details of the allegations against him, said the tweets were untrue and part of a “misinformation campaign.”
“Earlier this year, someone I’ve never met launched a campaign of misinformation about me online. Because of this, my family has been doxxed and my friends have received death threats,” Hynes White wrote in a statement posted to Instagram on Tuesday (June 6).
“Photographs of underage me were used and examples of my role-playing were portrayed as hateful. My friend Jane was misrepresented as a victim and her attempts to clarify the matter were ignored. She gave me permission to include her in this message.”
He continued, “The rumors are false. I cannot accept being portrayed as someone who is bigoted or who grossly neglects the safety of others. These are unsubstantiated, harmful claims that can instill suspicion in victims.
“It is very disturbing to know that this misinformation has angered people. I am truly grateful to everyone who stood by my side and helped spread the facts. Please stop harassing my family, friends and co-workers. Thank you for taking the time to read this.”
The Independent has reached out to a Hynes White representative for further comment.
Casting information for the second season is now available Wednesday has yet to be published. Netflix confirmed in March that a second season had been commissioned.
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