Jason Mitchell Fired From “The Chi,” Netflix & His Agency Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
Jason Mitchell burst into our consciousness in a major way with his portrayal of Eazy E in the blockbuster Straight Outta Compton. His acting credits continually lent credence to his talent. He offered a memorable performance in Netflix’s Mudbound alongside Mary J. Blige and was subsequently cast in Lena Waithe’s “The Chi” on Showtime.
But apparently, Mitchell has found himself in the type of trouble that will be removing him from our screens—at least for a little while.
According to Deadline, Mitchell was accused of inappropriate behavior and subsequently fired from “The Chi,” dropped as the lead in the Netflix film Desperados and ousted by his agency UTA and management company Authentic Talent & Literary Management.
The dismissal from Netflix came first. The details of Mitchell’s behavior were not immediately available. Deadline merely alluded to the fact that it involved a female co-star on “The Chi.”
Later, The Hollywood Reporter offered more specifics. Apparently, actress Tiffany Boone, who portrayed Mitchell’s girlfriend on “The Chi” first reported Mitchell for inappropriate behavior. THR said Boone made several complaints of sexual harassment against Mitchell. She felt so unsafe filming the series that she had her fiancé, fellow actor Marque Richardson (“Dear White People) accompany her on set when she shot scenes with him.
Since news of Mitchell’s multiple firings have come to light, Boone has yet to comment.
A source told THR that Boone told producers at Fox 21 that she could no longer work with Mitchell. He remained on the show while she was released at her request.
But Boone wasn’t the only person who reportedly had a problem with Mitchell. Other actresses also came forward with complaints of their own. Reportedly Mitchell’s’ costars on Desperados—Nasim Pedrad, Anna Camp and Robbie Amell—all had complaints about his behavior.
It was Netflix’s investigation that resulted in these terminations and his replacement on Desperados which Mitchell had yet to start filming. A source close to series said producers received “specific information which was investigated immediately and thoroughly and dealt with as quickly as possible.”