Several of David Choe’s “Beef” co-stars are speaking out about the “disturbing” rape story he fabricated back in 2014.
Executive producers and stars, Ali Wong and Steven Yeun, along with creator Lee Sung Jin, issued a joint statement to Vanity Fair on Thursday — less than one week after Choe’s claims resurfaced.
“The story David Choe fabricated nine years ago is undeniably hurtful and extremely disturbing. We do not condone this story in any way, and we understand why this has been so upsetting and triggering,” they told the outlet.
“We’re aware David has apologized in the past for making up this horrific story, and we’ve seen him put in the work to get the mental health support he needed over the last decade to better himself and learn from his mistakes.”
Despite the show’s instant success, fans are now calling for a boycott after a clip from Choe’s now-defunct podcast, “DVDASA,” showed him joking about being a “successful rapist.”
In the 2014 episode titled “Erection Quest,” Choe talked about touching a masseuse without her consent and later forcing her to give him oral sex, which she declined.
He described the “rapey behavior” in extreme detail, saying “the thrill of possibly going to jail, you know, that’s what achieved the erection quest.”
Yet soon after the episode aired, Choe claimed he made the whole thing up to “challenge” and “provoke” his audience.
He even said “DVDASA,” which stands for “Double Vag, Double Anal, Sensitive Artist,” was just a “complete extension of my art.”
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“I am not a rapist. I hate rapists, I think rapists should be raped and murdered,” he added.
Aside from his role in the hit Netflix show, in which he plays ex-convict Isaac Cho, the 47-year-old is most known for his art.
In fact, the graffiti artist made a whopping $200 million for designing all the murals in Facebook’s headquarters.