Former Glee star Mark Salling's recent child pornography charges are already having a negative effect on his career, with the director of his latest movie announcing he plans to cut the actor from the film.
The 33-year-old, who played bad boy Puck on the hit series Glee for six seasons, was arrested at his Los Angeles home in December of last year on suspicion of possessing several thousand photos and videos depicting child pornography. Last week, he was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography.
Adi Shankar, the director of Salling's upcoming film Gods and Secrets has confirmed that, following the charges, he will edit the actor out of the film entirely.
"Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets will be moving forward without Mark Salling," Shankar said in a statement to US Weekly.
"He has been cut from the miniseries, I will personally be paying for the reshoots, and I hope that Mark finds inner peace. Furthermore, a percentage of profits from the project will go to a charity for abused children.
"Hopefully some good will come of all of this, and I pray that when the dust has settled, the hyper-connectivity of the information age that has brought to light the transgressions of several public figures will also force us to look within our society to identify and eliminate the root cause of the rape culture we exist in," Shankar continued.
The superhero-themed film also stars Kellan Lutz, Denise Richards and Jane Seymour, and is set for release later this year.
Salling was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography on his laptop and a USB flash drive.
Both of these charges carry the potential for 20 years in prison.
Last year Salling's residence was searched by LAPD's internet Crimes Against Children Task force, where they allegedly found hundreds of indecent images of young children.
The police were reportedly tipped off by one of Salling's ex-girlfriends and he was arrested on December 29, but later released on $20,000 bail.