Lawmakers Toss Mark Salling Rape Case
TV| | By Sara Wilkins
Former Glee star Mark Salling has scored a break in his ongoing legal issues because a woman accusing him of rape waited too long to report the alleged sex attack.
As a result, the actor will not be charged and the Los Angeles County District Attorney has rejected the case, citing insufficient evidence and a lack of corroboration.
The unnamed woman claimed she was a 22-year-old virgin when Salling allegedly had sex with her in 2012, after plying her with alcohol.
She also alleged she eventually blacked out, and awoke to find Salling asleep next to her, according to TMZ.
Salling’s representative has yet to comment on the news, which emerges 10 months after the actor was arrested for possession of “thousands” of indecent images of children. Police raided his Sunland, California home after receiving a tip-off, and he was subsequently charged with two counts of child porn.
The 34-year-old, who played Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman on hit TV series Glee, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The case is due to go to trial at a later date, and if convicted, he faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison.
Salling is currently free on $150,000 bail, on the condition that he stays at least 100 yards (91.44 meters) away from anywhere children congregate, such as parks or schools. He was also ordered to wear a monitoring device at all times, inform federal officials whenever he uses the internet, hand his passport over to the court, and use no drugs of any kind.