Neftlix producers are slammed for silence amid David Choe controversy

Neftlix producers are slammed for silence amid David Choe controversy

Netflix and Beef producers are slammed for ‘deafening silence’ over star David Choe’s disturbing podcast where he claims he sexually assaulted a masseuse: Actor admitted in 2021 profile that he is a ‘recovering liar’

  • Entities tied to Netflix’s hit show Beef are being called out for their association with David Choe 
  • A resurfaced clip from 2014 of Choe claiming he sexually assaulted a masseuse has gone viral 
  • Choe has said multiple times that he lied when he detailed the sexual assault and has since received treatment for mental illness 

Netflix and the producers of new hit show Beef are being slammed for refusing to condemn star David Choe’s boasts about ‘raping’ a masseuse.  

Following Choe’s appearance in the new hit Netflix show, a controversial 2014 telling of an alleged sexual encounter with a massage therapist in his now-cancelled podcast DVDASA, went viral. 

Choe, who hosted the installment, bullishly claimed to have intimately touched the female masseuse without her consent before demanding she perform a sex act on him.

He has since claimed he was only joking – but critics have suggested Choe is just trying to disavow his previous words because of the disgust they’ve provoked.  

The viral clip has since recirculated across various online forums following his appearance as lead actor Steven Yeun’s criminally minded cousin in Beef

In the clip, Choe gave a vivid description of forcing the woman into massaging him to give him oral sex even though she had ‘given me no signs that she’s into me or that this is appropriate behavior’. 

Choe added that the ‘thrill of possibly going to jail, that’s what achieved the erection quest’.

When his co-hosts pointed out his behavior was akin to rape, the artist had joked that ‘she said yes with her eyes.’

Later in the episode, Choe calls himself a ‘successful rapist,’ but at another moment says: ‘I just want to make it clear that I admit that that’s rapey behavior, but I am not a rapist.’  

Choe’s camp are now attempting to silence the online discourse by issuing copyrights takedowns of people who are posting the clip on social media. 

Aura Bogado, a writer who brought renewed attention to the issue and tweeted out the clip, wrote Monday afternoon: ‘David Choe wrote to Twitter to get the video I posted of him talking about the woman he says he raped taken down on copyright grounds. He claims his *nonprofit* owns the copyright to the video of him talking about the alleged rape.’

Choe’s non-profit, The David Young Choe Foundation, is cited as the owner of the clip in the claim. 

Since the revelation that Choe and his team are apparently trying to wipe the clip from the internet, comments lambasting associates of Choe’s have only increased in volume.

‘Between David Choe’s pathetic attempts to erase this video from existence to the total silence from everyone involved with #BEEFNetflix about the issue .. it’s all disappointing but not at all surprising,’ wrote one Twitter user.

Bogado added that she is still ‘waiting to hear why Ali Wong and Steve Yeun made a decision to give Choe this platform. Silence really speaks volumes.’  

Leon Esquire condemned Choe for ‘trying to take the videos down,’ and added: ‘Netflix this is who yall ride for?’  

Choe (center left) attends the Netflix premiere of ‘Beef’ alongside Steve Yeun (left), Ali Wong (center right), and Lee Sung Jin (right)

David Choe, in an Avant Garde outfit,  attends Netflix’s Los Angeles premiere of ‘BEEF’

When the anecdote began circulating online again, Choe denied the reality of the story.

‘I’m sorry if anyone believed that the stories were fact,’ he said at the time. ‘They were not!’

In 2017, the controversy surfaced again when Choe was commissioned to paint a mural on The Bowery in downtown Manhattan.

He then gave a fuller statement of denial: ‘In a 2014 episode of DVDASA, I relayed a story simply for shock value that made it seem as if I had sexually violated a woman. Though I said those words, I did not commit those actions. It did not happen. 

‘I have ZERO history of sexual assault. I am deeply sorry for any hurt I’ve brought to anyone through my past words. Non-consensual sex is rape and it is never funny or appropriate to joke about. I was a sick person at the height of my mental illness, and have spent the last 3 years in mental health facilities healing myself and dedicating my life to helping and healing others through love and action. 

‘I do not believe in the things I have said although I take full ownership of saying them … I am truly sorry for the negative words and dark messages I had put out into the world.’ 

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