Tuesday, April 23, 2024

CBS Sitcom Actor and Noted Swinger Thomas Middleditch Cited in LA Times Story for Bad Behavior in Closed Nightclub: Does Network Have a Plan B?

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About a year and a half ago, HBO’s “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch identified himself and his wife as swingers in a Playboy interview.

He said, “To be honest, swinging has saved our marriage. We have different speeds, and we argue over it constantly, but it’s better than feeling unheard and alone and that you have to scurry in the shadows. By the way, it’s now called being “part of the lifestyle.” The term swinging is old.”

Well, he was working for HBO, which used to run documentaries about orgies. So, fine, no scandal.

But then Middleditch went to CBS, aka the real world, for a sitcom called “B Positive.” He plays a guy who needs a kidney and falls for his donor (Broadway’s Annaleigh Ashford). It’s not very good, and the ratings are mediocre, but it hasn’t been canceled yet.

So CBS may really need a Plan B for “B Positive” when they see the LA Times today. Middleditch is accused of very bad behavior in a now closed L.A. Goth nightclub called Cloak and Dagger.

A female clubgoer says Middleditch made lewd sexual overtures toward her and her girlfriend. She turned him down, but he kept pursuing her, groping her in front of her friends and several employees, including the club’s operations manager. The woman says she has Instagram direct messages from Middleditch, seen by The Times, saying, “Hannah I had no idea my actions were that weird for you … I know you probably want to just put me on blast as a monster … I don’t expect you to want to be my friend or anything … I am so ashamed I made you uncomfortable.”

By the way, Middleditch’s wife did not see swinging as a way to save their marriage. She filed for divorce last May.

I don’t know if Middleditch’s character on the sitcom ever got a kidney transplant, but he might look into one for the brain as well.

 

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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