Independent filmmaker and media personality Andrew Callaghan, who gained fame on YouTube for his comedy man-on-the-street Channel 5 interview and a new HBO documentary “This Place Rules,” has released a video apology to further address allegations of sexual misconduct. , the first charges against him were made in early January.
The nearly five-minute video, posted Sunday afternoon on a YouTube channel credited to Callaghan, shows Callaghan speaking to the camera, responding to the allegations against him and sharing that he plans to seek professional treatment to address his past behavior.
“I didn’t realize I had this pattern that affected multiple people. I apologize for my silence. When this thing first came out, I was in denial and shock,” Callaghan said. “I was denounced by my closest associates and my name was printed in 40 different news outlets next to the words ‘sexual abuse.’ I’m in trouble. I’m fine now, but I don’t think it’s about me. It’s about the people I’ve affected. So I just want to express my full sympathy, support and respect to whoever I’ve wronged. I really want to do better and I want to take full responsibility for what I have done.”
In early January, a woman named Carolyn Ellis complained that Callaghan was at her home and “wearing [her] below” with a request to co-op. “Seeing this man get a platform as a social justice warrior, as someone who cares about human rights, it’s harder to recover from the trauma I’ve endured every day,” Ellis said on a TikTok. “Your support for him. Shouldn’t.”
Another woman, Dana, came forward a few days later, alleging that Callaghan had pressured her into sex: “I told him to stop. I asked him to get away from me multiple times,” he said in a video posted on TikTok.
Watch Callaghan’s apology below.