Tenoch Huerta, best known for his role in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” has denied sexual assault charges leveled against him last week.
The 42-year-old actor, known for portraying Namor in Marvel’s 2022 sequel, was dubbed a “sexual predator” by musician and activist Mara Elena Ros, who accused him of sexual assault.
Ros claimed that the Mexican actor mistreated her on Twitter on Sunday, saying, “It is very difficult to talk about the emotional abuse and abuse of power of a sexual predator who is loved all over the world for playing a character in a movie like @TenochHuerta.”
“Charming in appearance, the great hallmark of a narcissist + a good helping of victimization,” she tweeted, which was translated from Spanish.
It didn’t take long before the actor issued a statement on his Instagram story, saying he and Ríos were in a consensual relationship last year.
“A false and completely unsubstantiated accusation about me has spread like wildfire and I cannot let it go unchallenged any longer,” he wrote.
“About a year ago, I dated Elena for several months,” Huerta wrote. “It was entirely consensual at all times, as countless others can attest. And throughout it was a loving, warm, and mutually supportive relationship. After it ended, however, Elena began to misrepresent our interactions both privately and in front of groups of mutual friends.”
“As a result, a few months ago, I engaged a legal team to commence the appropriate actions to protect my reputation and refute these irresponsible and false accusations that can cause great prejudice and damage,” he continued.
“Although I am by no means perfect, I know that these allegations are simply untrue. And while I will always work to improve myself, I need to contest claims that are both false and offensive.”
“I am deeply grateful to my family and the people who have supported me and greatly appreciate everyone who is willing to look at the facts and reflect before rushing to an untrue and unjust conclusion,” he added.
Marvel is yet to reveal whether Huerta will return as Namor to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.