Choe threatened Twitter users with copyright infringement for sharing a 2014 podcast clip detailing an unwanted sexual encounter with a masseuse.
The producers of “Beef” are with actor David Choe.
Following the resurgence of a viral podcast video from 2014 in which Choe claimed to have assaulted a masseuse, Choe reportedly took measures to prevent the clip from being shared on social media. A number of Twitter users posted screenshots of a statement credited to Choe’s non-profit, the Meleka Foundation, which threatened the legal right to prevent unauthorized sharing through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, citing copyright infringement.
‘Beef’ creator Lee Sung Jin and lead actors Ali Wong and Steven Yeun released a statement Vanity Fair.
“The story invented by David Choe nine years ago is undeniably hurtful and extremely disturbing. We are in no way condoning this story and understand why it is so upsetting and triggering,” they said. “We are aware that David has previously apologized for making up this horrific story and we have seen him put in the work to get the mental health support he has needed over the last decade to get better and learn to from his mistakes.”
A clip from Choe’s former podcast, “DVDASA,” short for Double Vag, Double Anal, Sensitive Artist, features Choe joking about a non-consensual sexual encounter. During the interview in question, Choe tells adult film star and podcast co-host Asa Akira that she once forced a masseuse to perform oral sex on her.
“He doesn’t like it, but he doesn’t stop it either,” Choe said (via Deputy). – I grab the back of her head, push it down on my cock, but she doesn’t do it, then I go “open your mouth”, she does it, and then I start fucking her.
He continued: “With the rape stuff… I mean, I’d be in a lot of trouble right now if he put his hand on my ass and said, ‘Damn, I’m going to call security.’ That would have been a completely different story. But the thrill of possibly going to jail is what got the erectile drive going… I just want to make it clear that I recognize that this is violent behavior. But I’m not a rapist.”
Choe released a statement in 2014 clarifying the podcast’s comments, claiming that the story was created for the podcast “as a full extension of my art”.
“If there’s one thing I’m guilty of, it’s bad story-telling in the style of the billet. Just as many of my paintings are often misinterpreted, the same applies to my performance,” said Choe. “The main purpose of all of my podcasts is to challenge and provoke my friends and fellow cast members. We poke each other, entertain ourselves and laugh at each other Other. It’s a dark, tasteless, completely disrespectful show where we jam so that everyone is listening, but mostly ourselves. We create and tell stories. This is not a news show. This is not a representation of my reality. This is not the place to get reliable information about me or my life. This is my version of reality, this is art that sometimes offends people. I’m sorry if anyone believed the stories to be true. They weren’t! In a world full of horrible people, thank God for us.”
Continued by separate 2017 post, “I ran a story purely for shock value that made it look like I had sexually assaulted a woman. Although I spoke these words, I did not perform these actions. It didn’t happen that way. I was NOT sexually harassed. I am deeply sorry for the hurt I have caused anyone with my past words… I was sick at the peak of my mental illness and spent the last 3 years in mental health facilities healing myself and dedicating my life to helping. and healing others through love and action.”
Choe also said The New York Times In 2021, that his controversial history was a way of finding rock bottom.
“At that point in my life, I was done with life and I was chasing ass. I wanted to go out,” Choe said. “I never raped anyone.”
Instead, the story was born out of a “morbid curiosity to feel an external response to the internal shame I felt,” with Choe concluding, “It was strangely comforting to be so despised. It matched how I felt about him the first time.”
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