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Jason Mitchell Proclaims Innocence In First Interview Since ‘The Chi’ Firing

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Jason Mitchell is denying claims that he was inappropriate in any way while starring on the Showtime series the Chi and the Netflix film Desperados.

The actor sat down with The Breakfast Club for his first interview since sexual assault allegations were hurled against and subsequent terminations by his lawyer, manager, and agent.

“To be honest I’m not 100 percent sure what the allegations themselves were,” Mitchell said at the top of the interview. “But I can tell you what happened.”

He went on to explain a situation related to his dismissal from the film  Desperados, which he was working on when it was in pre-production.

“I went out with a co-worker of mine and she got drunk,” he said. “I made sure she got home and the next day it all kind of slapped me in my face, I’m not sure if her and her significant other had a situation…. I actually had a girlfriend at the time too as well, and I felt like I was doing the right thing. The next day they canceled the rehearsal, I told them my side of the story and I don’t know if there was something that I missed.”

His retelling of the story and all over the place is vague to say. From there he goes on to discuss allegation made against him by his The Chi season 1 co-star Tiffany Boone and showrunner Ayanna Floyd.

“If you try her, she will get you together right then and there, you know what I mean?” he said of Boone. “She not takin’ nothin,’ at all. I encourage people to be more like that, because had me and Tiffany ever had a situation where I don’t know, she might have felt sexually harassed, I can bet my bottom dollar, she would have told me about myself in that moment.”

He reiterated his claim that there was “no situation” between him and Boone, but he did claim that Floyd had used the “#MeToo Movement as a really, really ugly weapon” against him.

“I might have unintentionally sort of intimidated her and I can take that L,” he said, referring to Floyd’s claim that she was a “target” of Mitchell’s “rage and inappropriateness” on set. “For me I can definitely take my L and say, I could have handled that better. There was a time where I could have just walked off. I didn’t have to say anything to her, I didn’t have to respond.”

Mitchell, who spoke discussed the incidents for most of the hour long interview said he was let go from The Chi due to his behavior on Desperados.

“I was a little taken aback by the whole situation that happened. But the actual reason that I got let go was that Disney saw what was going on with ‘Desperados,’ and they just bought Showtime.”

Mitchell also said there was no hard feelings between him and The Chi creator Lena Waithe, who told The Breakfast Club earlier this year that she would’ve “handled the situation differently.”

Before the interview Mitchell returned to social media with a post on Instagram that read: “Well hello beautiful people!!” It was his first post since May.

 

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According to Mitchell’s IMDB profile he does not have any new projects slated for 2020.

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