Steven Yeun, Ali Wong and the creator of Beef release a joint statement on David Choe’s rape comments

The cast and creators of the hit new Netflix series beef have broken their silence on the controversy surrounding actor David Choe.

Choe plays Isaac, the crime-ridden cousin of Steven Yeun’s Danny in the dark comedy, which is widely considered the streaming service’s best show of the year so far.

Following the series’ release earlier this month, a 2014 clip resurfaced from Choe’s now-defunct podcast, showing him discussing sexual assault on a massage therapist.

The 46-year-old apologized for the comments at the time, claiming the anecdote was a fabrication of the podcast.

On Friday (21.04.) beef Showrunner Lee Sung Jin and his stars Yeun and Ali Wong released a statement on the matter diversitywho called Choe’s story “undeniably hurtful and deeply disturbing.”

“The story that David Choe invented nine years ago is undeniably hurtful and deeply disturbing. We do not condone this story in any way and we understand why this was so disturbing and triggering,” the statement said.

“We are aware that David has apologized in the past for making up this horrific story and we have seen his struggle to get the mental health support he has needed over the past decade to improve and learn from your mistakes.”

(From left) Steven Yeun, David Choe, Ali Wong and Lee Sung Jin

(Getty Images for Netflix)

It was also reported this week that Choe had attempted to have the offending clips from his podcast removed from social media for copyright infringement.

Choe didn’t answer The Independent‘s request for comment.

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Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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