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Jason Mitchell Dropped By Agency, Fired from ‘The Chi’ and ‘Desperados’ Due to Misconduct Allegations

Lena Waite & Jason Mitchell

*Actor Jason Mitchell’s rising star seems to be fading now that he has been dropped from his agency, UTA, Authentic Talent & Literary Management, Showtime’s “The Chi,” and the upcoming Netflix film “Desperados” due to misconduct allegations, Deadline reports.

Mitchell, whose big break came playing Eazy-E in 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton,” is accused of sexually harassing several actresses on “The Chi,” including Tiffany Boone, who played his on-screen girlfriend. As such, he will reportedly not be returning next season.

The series is currently in its second season on Showtime. Mitchell plays the character Brandon Johnson on the series, created by Emmy-winner Lena Waite, which was recently picked up for a third season.

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Actor Jason Mitchell speaks during a screening and Q&A for 'The Chi' on Day 1 of the SCAD aTVfest 2018 on February 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Actor Jason Mitchell speaks during a screening and Q&A for ‘The Chi’ on Day 1 of the SCAD aTVfest 2018 on February 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Via Complex:

The 32-year-old was previously accused of assaulting a woman at a Boston hotel back in 2016. The woman, Emily Marquez, claimed Mitchell “body slammed” her after she rejected his “advances” while at the Ritz Carlton. The most recent allegation against Mitchell reportedly occurred off-set during production for Desperados.

Mitchell was dropped from “Desperados” due to an “off-set incident” that producers reportedly investigated and concluded that he needed to be kicked to the curb, according to Deadline.

Mitchell previously spoke about the murder of his friend Nipsey Hussle and noted the connection between the way “The Chi” portrays gun violence and the rapper’s shooting.

“[The day of his murder] was a tough day for all of us. I was out here in L.A., so I feel like I really, really felt it. I also lost another good friend of mine, his name was Young Greatness. Me and him actually grew up together. I feel like the revolving door of gun violence is what [The Chi has] been trying to put out there to people that it’s not only gang violence,” Mitchell told VIBE.

“We get to give real insight on what’s going on and we get to flash a light on what’s going on. That way people can’t just walk past a billboard that’s interactive that says, “Oh, 77 people were shot this weekend.” Then it just goes away, and then something else plays, and the feeling goes away. To me, in this situation, I feel so slapped in the face [when Nipsey was murdered] because, black people, we lose to ourselves so much. I hope with shows like this we’re not only able to create jobs but we’re also able to create this truth for ourselves, as black people, that we can understand. We can have the heart to say, “OK, I’m going to take that L. That was our fault.” Adding, “Because [Nipsey’s murder] was our fault. I don’t care what anybody says. Nipsey might have had this conspiracy jacket over the whole situation, but no matter what, it was still a black man who jumped out to kill him. We keep killing ourselves. We keep killing our leaders.”

After his acclaimed performance in “Straight Outta Compton,” Mitchell went on to appear in “Mudbound,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Detroit” and “The Mustang.”

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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