Percy Hynes White has reportedly been written out of Wednesday, after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a party nine months ago.
An industry insider told The Daily Mail that the actor will not be returning to his role as Xavier Thorpe in the Addams Family spinoff, following allegations that emerged in a now-deleted Tweet earlier this year. The anonymous post accused him of sexually assaulting a woman at a party in Toronto.
Hynes White has strongly denied the allegations since they surfaced, writing: “My family has been doxxed, and my friends have received death threats. Underage photos of me were used, and examples of me acting in character were presented as hateful,” after the allegation was posted.
Although Netflix has claimed that the strikes going on in Hollywood have meant no decions on casting have been made yet, the source speaking to the Daily Mail said: “For Netflix to drop him from the show is a disgrace. It was just false rumours. It’s just not right.”
Hynes White and his parents, both writers and actors, have said the allegations were false. His father, Joel Thomas Hynes, shared a statement in support of his son, saying he was “wrongly accused” last January.
“I used to quite blindly subscribe to the old adage that where there’s smoke there must be fire,” he wrote. “But if these past few months have made anything absolutely clear, it’s that where there’s smoke (even if there’s a whole lot of it) sometimes that’s all it is – smoke.”
Hynes White’s role in the next season of Wednesday remains unconfirmed, although several trending hashtags have gone viral in recent months, insisting that Netflix fire the actor.