The announcement that Edward Furlong will appear in Terminator: Dark Fate has reignited debate over his past allegations of domestic abuse.
It was announced on Friday during San Diego Comic-Con that Furlong, who played John Connor in the original Terminator film, would appear in this new movie as the same character. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the original Terminator, has also been cast in the film.
In 2011, Furlong was charged with violating a restraining order brought by Rachael Kneeland, his girlfriend at the time.
She took out the order in 2010, which required that he stay at least 100 yards away from her.
At the time, Kneeland said Furlong:
“grabbed me, bruised me, pushed me … left messages saying he would hire people to come and beat me with chains and bats. He is smoking cocaine and doing other various drugs. He is very unpredictable.”
In October, 2012, Furlong made more headlines when he allegedly grabbed his girlfriend’s arm while they were at Los Angeles International Airport. He was charged with felony domestic violence and held on $50,000 bail.
Furlong’s casting may give the impression that those accused of domestic violence can still lead successful lives without paying the price.
Jacquie Marroquin, director of programs at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, has spoken out about Furlong’s new casting:
“It’s important not to sweep Edward Furlong’s reported history of domestic violence under the rug just because he’s returning to a beloved movie role.”
Marroquin adds that incidents like this can negatively affect domestic violence victims.
“There are consequences for survivors, who may think twice about seeking help when they see people who harm gaining fame or power without being held accountable by their fans and peers.”