Mark Salling has been axed from new TV show ‘Gods And Secrets’ after he was indicted on child pornography charges earlier this week.
Director Adi Shankar decided to cut the former 'Glee’ star from the series after he was charged by a federal grand jury on two counts, and will even donate a percentage of the show’s profits to abused children.
Speaking in a statement, Adi explained: “'Gods and Secrets’ will be moving forward without Mark Salling. He has been cut from the mini-series, I will personally be paying for the reshoots, and I hope that Mark finds inner peace. Furthermore, a percentage of profits from the project will go to a charity for abused children.
"Hopefully some good will come of all of this and I pray that when the dust has settled, the hyper-connectivity of the information age that has brought to light the transgressions of several public figures, will also force us to look within our society to identify and eliminate the root cause of the rape culture we exist in.”
Adi went on to add: “The innocence of our planet’s children is something that must be protected at all costs. As entertainers, our role is to be the 'conscience of humanity,’ striving to make the world better for future generations.
"Sadly, we live in a country where statistically at least one in five women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, 80,000 children are reportedly sexually abused every year, and at least one in six boys and one in four girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. According to available data, every two minutes, an American is sexually assaulted. Even more troubling, exponentially more cases go unreported as in most situations, authority figures are ill equipped to help.
"The aforementioned statistics are nauseating, reminiscent of a third world country, and until very recently, kept out of the limelight. Child abuse is a cultural cancer whose tentacles penetrate far deeper than a single celebrity caught with illicit images on his computer, just as date rape is a is a far more prominent issue than the repeated transgressions of one mediocre entertainer from the 1970’s.
"Child abuse is a democratic disease existing across socioeconomic lines affecting every walk of life. It affects all of us, and more importantly, its existence needs to cease to exist. Period.”
33-year-old Salling had his home searched by LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forcer last year, with officials reportedly finding hundreds of indecent images of young children.
It has also been reported that one of Salling’s ex-girlfriends tipped off the police. He has previously been sued for sexual battery by another ex-girlfriend.
The actor played Puck in popular TV show 'Glee’ from 2009 until 2015.