Mark Salling of Glee is saying that his arrest on child pornography charges was either a set-up or a big mistake. That said, sources close to Glee have other things to say about Salling, and they are dark. Really dark. It seems what Salling presents to the world, and what is allegedly going on in his personal life are two very different things. Salling likes to talk about his strict Christian upbringing in interviews, but sources are saying that the Salling they know is not living anything close to a religious lifestyle.
According to the Inquisitr, Mark Salling would not give police any of his computer or phone passwords when they showed up to search his house for child pornography. The LAPD found over 1,000 images of children under the age of 10 involved in sex acts amongst Salling’s belongings. Mark Salling is currently out on $20,000 bail, awaiting a hearing at the end of the month.
Radar Online is reporting that former co-workers of Salling have a different perspective on his personal life. Sources are revealing that Salling is a dark guy.
“Mark was always chasing after the youngest girls at parties,” a source told In Touch magazine. “And when there were younger kids on set, he lit up and was very friendly to them. That doesn’t mean someone is a pedophile, but now, looking back, it makes me shudder.”
Salling, 33, was dating a teenager last year, and that raised eyebrows with many people.
“Mark used to brag about how it was fun to ‘teach’ her [about sexual behavior] because she was so young – it was borderline creepy because he was so much older,” a source told the magazine.
In Touch spoke at length to a longtime friend of Mark Salling, Hudson Wells, who said that he believes that Salling’s career is over.
“He’s reeling from the whole thing,” Hudson, who went to Mark’s house to care for his animals in the wake of his arrest, told the magazine. “He’s devastated. He’s ruined.”
Wells said he has known Salling for over 13 years.
“I don’t know whether he’s guilty of what he’s been charged with, but I think there’s got to be some sort of substance to the allegations,” Hudson tells In Touch. “I don’t think the police would have gone to his house and taken him to jail if he was completely innocent.”
The person who reported a tip to the police, after being disturbed by images on his computer, was a former girlfriend. Wells said he wouldn’t be surprised if a woman wanted to seek revenge over the way Salling treats women.
“I wouldn’t say he’s been in any lasting relationships — I’d call him an opportunist,” says Hudson. “With his fame, he gets women whenever he wants.”
Wells believes that bad decisions have brought Salling to this point in his life, and it’s sad.
“I think he could have made wiser decisions,” Hudson says of his friend, that could face up to 10 years in prison, “to not bring him to this point in his life.”
Wells also said that Salling has been able to have any woman he wants in his company, but that he tends to choose badly. At the end of the month, Salling will attend a hearing to decide on a date for trial, or if he will be offered a plea deal.
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