The 84-year-old actor was dropped from the limited series, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe, after being accused of sexual harassment by a female co-star. He was replaced by Bruce Greenward and none of the footage featuring him in the role, which was filmed over three months, will be used.
Langella wrote a statement in a guest column for Deadline to respond to the allegations which the publication broke this week.
He began by announcing that he had been ‘cancelled’, and claimed that he had ‘touched’ the leg of his co-star without authorisation from the intimacy co-ordinator while fully clothed during an intimate scene.
According to Langella, the actress walked off set with the intimacy coach and director in tow, while he was told to ‘give her some space’.
‘It was a love scene on camera,’ he wrote. ‘Legislating the placement of hands, to my mind, is ludicrous. It undermines instinct and spontaneity.’
Langella said he had also been accused of telling ‘an off-colour joke’, calling his co-star ‘baby’ or ‘honey’, and giving her a ‘hug’ and a ‘shoulder touch’.
‘When you are the leading actor, it requires, in my opinion, that you set an example by keeping the atmosphere light and friendly,’ he continued.
He said he was reprimanded by a producer on set who told him: ‘”You can’t joke. You can’t compliment. You can’t touch. It’s a new order”.’
‘I cannot speak to the intentions of my accuser or Netflix, but the impact on me has been incalculable,’ he went on. ‘I lost a thrilling part, the chance at future earnings and perhaps face a stretch of unemployment. Netflix terminated me after three months of work with only three weeks left to shoot, and I have as yet to be fully remunerated for my services. Most importantly, my reputation has been tarnished.’
He added that it was ‘these indignities’ he claims to have experienced that were ‘the real definition of unacceptable behaviour.’
Langella also alleged that while he was approached by Netflix’s HR department to discuss the incident, he was denied a hearing with them and a request with a ‘one-on-one’ with the accuser.
He also described his treatment as ‘not fair’ and ‘not American’.
The Fall Of The House Of Usher also stars Mark Hamill, Carla Gugino, Mary McDonnell and Carl Lumbly and was created and executive produced by horror filmmaker Mike Flanagan.
Metro.co.uk has reached out for comment from Netflix.
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