“Glee” star Mark Salling’s authorized troubles had been mounting lengthy earlier than he dedicated suicide Tuesday.
The actor, 35, was awaiting sentencing on fees of kid pornography when he was present in a park space off Large Tujunga Canyon Street within the Sunland part of Los Angeles, close to his house.
However the fees, which stemmed from a 2015 arrest, had been the newest high-profile offenses on the actor’s rap sheet, which additionally included allegations of rape and sexual assault.
This is a take a look at the difficulty main as much as Salling’s loss of life at age 35:
January 2013 — Salling is accused of sexual battery
Salling’s authorized troubles started in January 2013, when a girl accused the actor of sexual battery and assault in a lawsuit stemming from a 2011 encounter.
The girl, Roxanne Gorzela, claimed that although her hook-up with Salling was consensual, the actor refused to put on a condom and compelled her into unprotected intercourse. She additionally claimed to have confronted him about it days later, solely to have him throw her to the bottom, injuring her knees.
Salling denied the allegations on the time, saying there was “no fact” to the claims.
Two years later, Gorzela and Salling settled for a reported $2.7 million after the costs towards him had been dropped.
Gorzela agreed to go after Salling’s insurance coverage firm as an alternative of the actor, and Salling earned a reduce of the payout as a result of, in accordance with TMZ, he believed the corporate “owe(d) him one thing for rejecting his preliminary declare in unhealthy religion.”
December 2015 — Salling is arrested for possession of kid porn
Salling’s baby pornography case started in December 2015, when he was arrested after cops in Los Angeles took a battering ram to his house and busted him for hoarding “disturbing” photos of prepubescent kids on a tip from an ex-girlfriend.
The photographs reportedly included younger ladies below the age of 10 participating in sexual actions, in addition to pictures and movies of kids as younger as three years outdated being abused.
Salling was charged with receiving and possessing baby pornography in Might 2016, 5 months after his preliminary arrest.
He was charged with two counts, in accordance with the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace, and anticipated to give up to authorities the subsequent week – which he did, on June three, 2016.
September 2016 — Salling’s ex Naya Rivera is not ‘shocked’ by fees
Salling’s ex-girlfriend and “Glee” co-star Naya Rivera blasted the actor in September 2016 by saying she was not stunned to be taught he was arrested on baby porn fees.
Rivera, who dated Salling on-and-off for 3 years earlier than their 2010 break up, wrote in her 2016 memoir “Sorry Not Sorry: Desires, Errors and Rising Up” that she wasn’t “completely shocked” to listen to the information.
“He was at all times only a very darkish soul to me,” Rivera defined. “I at all times felt like there was one thing that he was wrestling with.”
“When Mark dumped me, I assumed it was the worst factor ever,” Rivera writes in her memoir. “Everybody ought to have that one relationship the place you look again and ask your self, ‘What the hell was I pondering?'”
October 2016 — Salling is accused of rape
The troubled star confronted a second accusation from an ex in October 2016, when a 22-year-old girl claimed Salling raped her.
The girl advised TMZ the actor pressured himself on her round 2012, after they’d been relationship for a number of months.
She alleged that she was a virgin on the time and advised the actor that she didn’t wish to have intercourse to no avail.
The L.A. County District Legal professional ultimately rejected the case, claiming the lady waited too lengthy to report the incident.
August 2017 — Salling makes an attempt suicide forward of trial
Months earlier than Salling’s initially scheduled trial, the actor tried suicide on Aug. 22, 2017 by slitting his wrists, TMZ reported.
Salling reduce each his wrists in an tried suicide and “freaked out” and screamed, which led his roommate to name 911, in accordance with the gossip website. Days later he was taken to a rehab facility following a psychiatric analysis on the hospital.
October 2017 — Salling accepts a plea deal
In October 2017, Salling agreed to a plea deal the place he would serve a Four-to-7-year jail sentence for possessing the pornographic photos, a few of which had been of prepubescent minors, on his private pc. He selected the deal, which granted him a extra lenient jail sentence as an alternative of 1 that might price him about 20 years behind bars.
Underneath the deal, he admitted utilizing the web at his L.A. house to obtain the kid pornography photos between the timeframe of April and December 2015.
“Defendant tried to hide his exercise through the use of software program that masked his IP tackle,” the plea settlement states. “Nevertheless, on at the least two events in 2015, defendant confirmed his baby pornography to an grownup girl within the context of their sexual relationship. This was in the end reported to legislation enforcement.”
He was additionally ordered to avoid “college yards, parks, public swimming swimming pools, playgrounds, youth facilities, video arcade services or different locations primarily utilized by individuals below the age of 18” below the phrases of the settlement.
December 2017 — Pleads responsible in court docket
On Dec. 18, Salling plead responsible to possession of kid pornography involving a prepubescent minor throughout an in-person court docket look.
The actor was ordered to register as a intercourse offender, endure therapy and pay $50,000 in restitution to every of his victims as a part of the beforehand accepted plea deal.
On the time, the U.S. Legal professional’s workplace stated it will be at the least three months earlier than Salling obtained his official sentence.
Whereas awaiting his sentencing, Salling determined to take his personal life within the Sunland space of Los Angeles by hanging himself in a baseball subject, in accordance with legislation enforcement sources.
In a press release issued by his lawyer, Salling’s household stated he was “doing his greatest” to atone for his errors.
“Mark was a delicate and loving individual, an individual of nice creativity, who was doing his greatest to atone for some severe errors and errors of judgment,” his lawyer Michael Proctor stated in a press release.