Andrew Callaghan, the host of HBO’s new documentary These Place Ruleshas issued a statement regarding allegations of sexual misconduct that were made in early January.
The accusations against Callaghan were related on TikTok by a woman named Caroline Elise, who is claimed to have lured her into a consensual sexual liaison. He allegedly did so by wearing her down with requests.
“It’s even more difficult to have to relive the trauma that I endured every single day by seeing this man as a social justice warrior, as someone who cares about human rights, get a platform. You shouldn’t be supporting him.”
She later updated her call to action urging other women to come forward if they experienced something similar. Reports indicate another woman did.
Today, a statement attributed to Callaghan’s legal representative was issued by a public relations firm. The statement alleges a request for money was made before going public with the claims.
“Andrew is devastated that he is being accused of any type of physical or mental coercion against anyone. Conversations about pressure and consent are extremely important, and Andrew wants to have these conversations, so he can continue to learn and grow. While every dynamic is open to interpretation and proper communication is critical from all those involved, repeated requests for money should not be part of these conversations.
With that, balanced communication is paramount to any dynamic relationship and Andrew vows to be better in this regard, while reminding his audience that while even one concerned partner is too many, there are always multiple sides to a story.
Andrew is fully committed to working with the appropriate professionals to better understand himself and how he can grow and improve as a human being, especially with his growing platform and the vulnerabilities it brings.”
The deadline has reached out to A24, a producer of Callaghan’s documentary, for comment.
HBO released Callaghan’s documentary These Place Rules on Dec. 30. The film follows Callaghan as he travels across the US in the months preceding the Jan. 6 confrontations at the Capitol.