Emmy-award nominee Percy Hynes White has been written out of the Netflix smash hit Wednesday, nine months after he was accused of assaulting a woman at a party in Toronto, industry insiders have told DailyMail.com exclusively.
The Canadian actor, 22, played Xavier Thorpe in the Addams Family spinoff – a student at Wednesday’s school who can make art come to life.
A source close to his family, who split their time between homes in Toronto and Newfoundland, confirmed the news.
Hynes White had been a rising star – with notable appearances in The Twilight Zone and The Gifted – before the allegations emerged in a now-deleted tweet posted by an anonymous social media user on January 18.
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The poster claimed she had been sexually assaulted by the actor at a party he was hosting and accused him of throwing the bash with the intention of getting women drunk enough to get them to have sex with him.
‘Percy is wonderful young man, that’s the truth,’ an insider said.
‘He never took part in any of the false claims again him, which were on Twitter and never followed up or substantiated.
‘Percy is respectful, gracious, talented actor, a true professional. He’s unfailingly polite to all, including the crew and his fans, most of whom are loyal to him as it should be.
‘For Netflix to drop him from the show is a disgrace. It was just false rumors. It’s just not right.’
Netflix is claiming that because of the strikes now besetting Hollywood, no decision on casting has been made.
Hynes White and his parents, both of whom are actors and writers, have strongly denied the allegations with Hynes White describing it as a ‘campaign of misinformation’ in an impassioned Instagram post in June.
He wrote: ‘Earlier this year, somebody I’ve never met started a campaign of misinformation about me online.
‘Because of this, my family has been doxxed, and my friends have received death threats. Underage photos of me were used, and examples of me acting in character were presented as hateful.’
The double Emmy-nominated Wednesday invents a new life for Wednesday Addams.
She gets expelled from school for putting live piranhas in the swimming pool and is enrolled in Nevermore Academy – a Vermont school for ‘monstrous outcasts’ which her parents Gomez and Morticia both attended.
Hynes White’s character is also a student at Nevermore.
Hynes White’s father, the actor and novelist Joel Thomas Hynes, 47, has also posted his support for his son and described him as ‘wrongly accused’.