Actor Benny Safdie has broken his silence on explosive claims involving sexual assault allegations against his former co-star Sebastian Beer-McClard, more than three months after his death.
Bear-McClard, who was previously married to model Emily Ratajkowski, was accused of ‘disturbing behaviour’ by multiple women, including grooming and sexually assaulting him.
Safdie, who co-produced the critically acclaimed films Un-Cut James and Good Times with Bear-McClard, told GQ ‘It’s annoying, and when you find something you didn’t understand, you have to be more. Be careful’.
‘It’s a lot, and it’s not something you want to happen to anyone. And when you figure it out, the only thing you can do is take control’ added Safdi.
Beer-McClard was fired from the production company she founded, and a spokesperson previously said they removed her in July 2022 after becoming aware of the behavior.
Benny Safdie breaks his silence on explosive claims against his former colleague Sebastian Beer-McClard
Bear-McClard was previously married to model Emily Ratajkowski before the pair split last year amid cheating rumours.
Joshua Safdie and Benjamin Safdie accept the Best Director Award for ‘Uncut Gems’ on stage during the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards
Joshua Safdie and Benjamin ‘Benny’ Safdie founded the production company Elara Pictures in 2014 with Bear-McClard.
Josh is a director while his brother Benny is an actor and director and Bear-McClard is a film producer.
A Variety exposé published in March also hinted at some questionable behavior on Safdie’s part.
One accused recounted his harrowing experience filming a scene for their film Good Times, which did not make the final cut.
After contacting Bear-McClard on Instagram, the then 17-year-old was persuaded to perform a fully nude sex scene with an unknown male actor, who asked if he could enter her.
The brothers were reportedly present when the scene was shot.
In a statement, which was made in August last year, the woman said: ‘I felt absolutely shocked and horrified. My suffering only increased when nowhere, [an actor] “If he can stop it” whispered in my ear as the cameras rolled. I said no.”
He added that he began sleeping with Bear-McClard when he was 17 and that the pair carried on a consensual relationship for more than two years.
A second woman – who was 18 at the time of the incident – also claimed she was groomed by the then-married Beer-McClard.
He contacted her on Instagram and promised to make her a star while working on Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler.
Ratajkowski left the marriage last year after Beer-McClard’s infidelity allegations surfaced
Benny Safdie, (left, pictured on the Oppenheimer set) currently starring in the Christopher Nolan film, also spoke about his current professional split with his older brother Josh.
Ratajkowski married Beer-McClard after allegations of his infidelity surfaced last year.
The couple has a two-year-old son, Sylvester.
When news broke that they had split, a Page Six source said Sebastian had ‘cheated’. He is a serial cheater. It’s gross. He’s a dog.’ Emily then added fuel to the speculation by liking a tweet which read: ‘Can’t believe the little b*** cheated on Emrata.’
Ratajkowski has been tight-lipped publicly about the circumstances leading up to her divorce, telling the LA Times that she was ‘scared’ to be more outspoken because ‘I’m learning that outspoken women often don’t get their children.’
Benny Safdie, who currently stars in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, also spoke about his current professional split with his older brother Josh.
‘We work on a lot of documentaries, and there’s just a constant flow of ideas. It felt like, well, there are things I want to explore that don’t align with Josh right now.’ he told GQ.
‘So it’s a divide and conquer mentality. He wants to tell this story. He can go and do that. I’m going to go and do a couple of other things.
He added, ‘It seems like a natural progression for the way things have gone.’