For the months that Jason Mitchell’s name has been in the headlines for allegations of sexual harassment against his co-start Tiffany Boone, the actor has been mum regarding all of it.
But after the co-president of Showtime announced that Mitchell’s character would be killed off of the hit series “The Chi,” as punishment for his actions, he decided to come forward with a statement…or Instagram caption. And it was strange.
Mitchell hasn’t been active on Instagram since May, when news of his sexual harassment allegations first made it to the press. But over the weekend, he hopped back on the gram to share his thoughts on the recent trajectory of his career.
He wrote: “I think it’s time to make a statement…To everyone commenting without knowledge of what’s going please stop .. and to all my supporters I appreciate you all and I’m sorry I will no longer be in the chi.. but don’t believe what you read in the media or this fake ass post.”
Mitchell didn’t speak to his guilt or innocence in the situation and didn’t address the fact that he was also fired from the Netflix film he was slated to appear in after the streaming service conducted their own investigation into additional sexual harassment allegations.
Boone reported Mitchell’s behavior to higher ups on several occasions. Her boyfriend “Dear White People” actor Marque Richardson started coming to set on the days when Boone would film with Mitchell. But after they failed to act, she told them that she could no longer work with Mitchell and left the show while he remained on the cast.
Boone wasn’t the only one who had an issue with Mitchell. “The Chi’s” second-season showrunner Ayanna Floyd Davis also reported problems with Mitchell.