Blake Jenner has addressed the allegations of abuse levied at him by his ex, Melissa Benoist.
Jenner, 28, shared an extensive statement to Instagram Thursday that finally spoke to the charges Benoist, 32, made against him in November 2019.
“Over the past eleven months, I have been thinking about how to address a personal situation made public in late-2019,” the post begins.
“I take full responsibility and accountability for the hurt that I inflicted during my relationship with my past partner — emotionally, mentally and yes, physically,” it continues after some dissembling. “Two years prior to the end of our relationship, there was a time where my past partner and I were in an argument that escalated, and in a moment of frustration, while I was standing in the hallway and she was in our bedroom, I threw my phone aimlessly and it hit my former partner in her face.
“It’s a moment that I will regret for the rest of my life,” Jenner writes, adding, “If I could do anything to take it back, I would.”
But the “What/If” actor proceeds to add that, “Without absolving myself of any responsibility, it is important to understand that there was mental, emotional and physical abuse inflicted from both ends … I have thought long and hard about whether or not to speak out about the pain that was inflicted onto me throughout the course of this relationship by my former partner; and I have come to the conclusion that yes, it is important for me to do so.”
Jenner alleges that he was “made to pass on numerous jobs” because of Benoist’s jealousy and “discouraged from and threatened to not develop relationships with and take photos with female co-stars at professional events.” He claims that Benoist threatened self-harm and verbally, emotionally and physically abused him, including in a shower incident that “[left] me with a traumatic injury that I do not want to delve into at this time.”
“There are also discrepancies between the recollections of our relationship,” Jenner’s statement continues, “its timeline and the things that took place over the years. To get into the specifics would not only be revealing things that I believe my former partner would want respected as they pertain to her personal life, but would inevitably turn this into a she-said-he-said mudslinging match of sorts — and that is the last thing I believe anyone wants. I think what I’m trying to get at is that this relationship — in all of its toxicity and turbulence — was the product of two broken people over the span of years.”
He wraps up with another set of apologies, both to “whoever is reading this” and to Benoist — who is not named in the statement — adding that “I can unequivocally say that I know who I am and know that I have grown and learned from the mistakes I have made throughout a long period of self-examination and work, but very much understand that I can always learn and continually grow.”
Benoist described the phone incident Jenner confirms in an Instagram video in November. Without naming Jenner, Benoist essentially outlined the same pattern of behavior from Jenner — jealousy and manipulation over around job opportunities and co-stars that escalated into physical abuse — that he accused her of Thursday.
Benoist married her “Supergirl” co-star Chris Wood in September 2019, and the two revealed they are expecting a child in March.
Page Six has reached out to her for comment regarding Jenner’s statement.