Mark Salling, Former ‘Glee’ Star, Accused of Raping 22-Year-Old Woman
Update: The L.A. County District Attorney will not charge Mark Salling of rape because they say the woman reported it after an apparent statute of limitations ended.
"I personally interviewed the victim," L.A. Deputy District Attorney Emily T. Spear wrote in a document obtained by The Huffington Post. "She appeared very emotional over the trauma inflicted upon her and presents as a credible and accurate historian of the events surrounding the rape. However, given the delay in reporting the crime, suspect’s apparent denial of the rape in victim’s pretext to call him and lack of other corroboration, there is insufficient evidence, at this time, to file this case."
The issue of statute of limitations has been a subject of debate in many recent rape allegations including those against Bill Cosby; inspired by this, California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to end the statute of limitations for rape cases in September 2016. As of publishing, it's not immediately clear how Salling's accuser's report would be corroborated by someone aside from Salling, himself.
According to TMZ's analysis of the police report filed back in April, the woman, who was reportedly dating Salling months before the incident, alleges that "she and Salling entered a room to have intercourse, but she changed her mind and told him no, saying, 'I can't do this'...she told cops he refused to stop and forced himself on her." She told police she was a virgin at the time.
This is not the first time Salling's name was attached to a sexual dispute: in March of 2015, Salling agreed to pay more than $2.7 million in a settlement with a woman who sued him for sexual battery, claiming "he did not want to wear a condom and forced unprotected sex" according to TMZ, resulting in a reported physical fight a few days later in which "he threw her to the ground, severely injuring her knees."
Salling is best known for playing Puck on Glee.