Nickelodeon Star Matthew Underwood Reveals He's Sexually Abused by His Agent

The former 'Zoey 101' actor gets candid about the reason why he kept mum on the Nickelodeon scandal, divulging his own horrific experiences as a victim of sexual abuse.

AceShowbiz - In the wake of the release of Investigation Discovery's "Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV," former child actor Matthew Underwood has spoken out about his own experiences of abuse as a kid while he was still in the industry.

Underwood, known for his role in Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101," revealed on Instagram that he had been mistreated by multiple people while working as a teen actor. He shared that he had lost close friends after being molested by their stepfather at the age of 12 and his agent had crushed his self-esteem with sexual assault at 19, leading him to leave Los Angeles and give up acting.

While he acknowledged that many were expecting him to respond to the "Quiet on Set" docu-series, Underwood stated that he had "nothing to add to the conversation" because he "never had a bad experience on set of a Nickelodeon show" and "never had a bad experience" with producer Dan Schneider.

He emphasized that his decision to remain silent had been personal and for good reasons, "Just because a person doesn't shout from the rooftops that pedophiles are bad or that people can suck - that does not mean they don't have their own reasons for staying silent."

Underwood stated that he had no desire or expectation to work with Dan Schneider again. His goal was to encourage others to believe in the possibility of redemption and to support those who were being harassed for their silence.

"Please stop wishing death upon my family and please reconsider harassing other actors who wish to maintain their privacy - you never know who has already been a victim of the hell you’re wishing upon them," he pleaded.

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