‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ actor Tenoch Huerta is facing sexual assault charges against him.
Huerta, who played the villain Namor in the MCU film, has been accused by musician María Elena Ríos of “emotional abuse” and called a “sexual predator” in a series of Chirping post over the weekend. Huerta taken to Instagram (through Variety) to refute the charge.
“About a year ago, I dated Elena for several months,” Huerta wrote. “She was entirely consensual at all times, as countless others can attest. And all along it was a loving, warm and mutually supportive relationship. After it ended, however, Elena started misrepresenting our interactions both privately and in front of groups of mutual friends.
He continued: “As a result, a few months ago, I engaged a legal team to initiate the appropriate actions to protect my reputation and refute these irresponsible and false allegations which can cause serious prejudice and harm. While I’m by no means perfect, I know these allegations are simply false. And while I will always work to improve myself, I need to challenge claims that are both false and offensive.”
Huerta concluded, “I am deeply grateful to my family and the people who have supported me and I greatly appreciate all those who are willing to look at the facts and reflect before rushing to a false and unfair conclusion.”
A Marvel representative did not immediately respond to IndieWire’s request for comment. Huerta’s Namor made his debut in last year’s Black Panther sequel, though Marvel Studios hasn’t yet determined when the actor’s character will reappear in the MCU.
Ríos had previously written that it was “very difficult to talk about the emotional abuse and abuse of power of a worldwide beloved sexual predator for playing a character in a film like Tenoch Huerta” due to his role in the Marvel film. .