Frank Langella called his firing from Netflix’s The Fall of the House of Usher over alleged misconduct “not just.”

According to the actor, he was terminated after performing a love scene with the female co-star who played his wife on the eight-episode series based on an Edgar Allen Poe short story.

Langella published a letter explaining what had happened.

“Both of us were fully clothed. I was sitting on a couch, she was standing in front of me. The director called cut. ‘He touched my leg,’ said the actress. ‘That was not in the blocking,’” Langella wrote. “She then turned and walked off the set, followed by the director and the intimacy coordinator. I attempted to follow, but was asked to ‘give her some space.’ I waited for approximately one hour, and was then told she was not returning to set and we were wrapped.”

The Tony Award winner said that he then was contacted by a human resources representative about a week later.

“’Before the love scene began on March 25,’ said the questioner, ‘our intimacy coordinator suggested where you both should put your hands. It has been brought to our attention that you said, “This is absurd!’’ ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘I did. And I still think so.’ It was a love scene on camera. Legislating the placement of hands, to my mind, is ludicrous. It undermines instinct and spontaneity,” Langella continued. “Nevertheless, these were some of the allegations: 1. He told an off-color joke. 2. ‘Sometimes he called me baby or honey. 3. ‘He’d give me a hug or touch my shoulder.’”

The actor then said that he was fired without being about to talk with the actress or any of the directors and producers. He finished the letter by saying how he fell victim to cancel culture and spoke about how it is polluting our society.

“Cancel culture is the antithesis of democracy. It inhibits conversation and debate. It limits our ability to listen, mediate, and exchange opposing views. Most tragically, it annihilates moral judgment,” Langella said. “This is not fair. This is not just. This is not American.”

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