A new scripted series has had a shakeup in the cast because of an assault case. TheWrap.com reports that the upcoming comedy project from Rainn Wilson, one of the former stars of NBC’s “The Office,” dumped Vine star Curtis Lepore.
Wilson’s new project features several well-known stars of the short-form video platform. As previously reported, the scripted comedy project, which Wilson is producing, was slated to focus on five social media personalities, tracking the Vine stars as they try to break into traditional Hollywood.
One of those stars, Lepore, has now been dropped after an outcry arose at his inclusion. TheWrap notes, “It was learned that he had a rape charge involving by his ex-girlfriend, fellow Vine star Jessi Smiles, at the beginning of the year. The charges were later reduced to felony assault.”
After the backlash, Wilson wrote on Facebook, “After much consideration, the decision was made with Curtis Lepore to mutually part ways on SoulPancake’s television project featuring Vine stars. We felt this was the best decision for everyone involved. We wish Curtis all the best in all his future endeavors.”