‘Glee’ Alum Mark Salling Could Be Cut From Film If Child Porn Allegations Prove True

Mark Salling could be cut from an upcoming film if child porn allegations prove true, E! Online reports.

“Today I was made aware of the serious allegations against Salling as a result of numerous media outlets hounding me as to whether he would remain in Gods and Secrets,” film director Adi Shankar told E! News. “I won’t feed our growing pitchfork culture. 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.”

Gods and Secrets, according to Deadline.com, follows the lives of a superhero team and reveals personal weaknesses that make them more human than superhuman.

WWE’s Diamond Dallas Page, Jackson Rathbone (Twilight Saga), Kellan Lutz, Sharni Vinson, and Andy Milonakis will star in the movie, created by Shankar, Jenni Powell (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), and Shawn Deloache.

Mark Salling was arrested Tuesday. The Los Angeles Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Unit served him with a search warrant, and the former Glee star, 33, was booked on $20,000 bail. According to New York Daily News, police used a battering ram to get into his home after Salling did not respond to multiple knocks on his door. He was released Tuesday afternoon when his family posted 10 percent of the bail amount.

“There were more than 100 (images),” said Lt. Andrea Grossman of the LAPD internet crimes against children task force, including pictures of prepubescent children.

This isn’t the first time that Salling has found himself on the wrong side of the law. As E! reports, in 2013, Salling’s ex-girlfriend, Roxanne Gorzela, accused him of sexual battery and assault that allegedly happened during an incident in March 2011. Roxanne Gorzela alleged that Salling shoved her to the ground during an argument after he forced her to have sexual intercourse without a condom. Gorzela filed a lawsuit against him but Salling adamantly denied her accusations and filed a countersuit against her. According to E! Online, he even boldly told E! News on the SAG Awards red carpet, “I just want the chance to defend myself—and I will, vigorously.”

Gorzela eventually dropped the sexual battery claim and they settled the lawsuit in March 2015. Mark Salling was ordered to pay $2.7 million.

People Magazine reports that friends of the Glee star were shocked by his arrest on child pornography charges.

“This isn’t the guy I know at all,” a close friend of Mark Salling said. “I have to believe his computer was hacked.”

TMZ reports that officers found hundreds of images on Salling’s computer. According to TMZ, the police also took other electronic devices from his home like tablets and cellphones. Mark Salling lives alone, the article on TMZ reports.

“He loves going out and has always been a big flirt – constantly hitting on women at parties,” an entertainment industry insider told People Magazine of Salling. “He came across as skeezy but I never would have pegged him for something like this.”

Mark Salling is best known for his role as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on Ryan Murphy’s musical series, Glee. The series ran on Fox from 2009-15. In 2010, Salling was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star Male for his performance on Glee and in 2011 for the Choice TV: Scene Stealer Male category. On the show, Salling’s character Puck was a high school football player and best friend to another lead character, Finn. Finn was played by Corey Monteith, an actor who died in 2013 of an accidental drug overdose.

Mark Salling is set to appear in court on Jan. 22, 2016.

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