AceShowbiz - David Choe's "Beef" co-stars and the show's creator have reacted to his newly resurfaced, controversial comments. In a joint statement to Vanity Fair, Steven Yeun, Ali Wong and "Beef" creator Lee Sung Jin condemned David's 2014 comments about being a "successful rapist."
"The story David Choe fabricated nine years ago is undeniably hurtful and extremely disturbing. We do not condone this story in any way, and we understand why this has been so upsetting and triggering," the statement read.
The statement continued, "We're aware David has apologized in the past for making up this horrific story, and we've seen him put in the work to get the mental health support he needed over the last decade to better himself and learn from his mistakes."
David made the remarks during an episode of his "DVDASA" podcast back in March 2014. In the said episode, David told his co-host, porn actress Asa Akira, that he masturbated while getting a massage from a masseuse named Rose without her knowledge or consent.
He said that he placed Rose's hand on his erect penis and asked if she would spit on it and kiss it, but she declined to do it. David added that he ejaculated in her mouth. While he acknowledged that what he did was "rapey behavior," he denied that he's "a rapist."
Following the backlash over his comments, David addressed the matter on his blog. "I never thought I'd wake up one late afternoon and hear myself called a rapist. It sucks," David, who plays ex-convict Isaac Cho on the hit Netflix drama, said at the time. "Especially because I am not one. I am not a rapist. I hate rapists, I think rapists should be raped and murdered."
The 47-year-old actor also called himself "an artist and a storyteller." He continued, "If I am guilty of anything, it's bad storytelling in the style of douche, Just like many of my paintings are often misinterpreted, the same goes with my show. The main objective of all of my podcasts is to challenge and provoke my friends and the co-stars on the show."
He added, "We f**k with each other, entertain ourselves and laugh at each other. It's a dark, tasteless, completely irreverent show where we f**k with everyone listening, but mostly ourselves."
He also claimed that the now-defunct DVDASA, which stands for "Double Vag, Double Anal, Sensitive Artist," as "not a news show." He explained, "It's not a representation of my reality. It's not the place to come for reliable information about me or my life. It's my version of reality, it's art that sometimes offends people. I'm sorry if anyone believed that the stories were fact. They were not!" Concluding his post, he wrote, "In a world full of horrible people, thank god for us."