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‘Boy Meets World’ Stars Rider Strong, Will Friedle Say They Were Groomed by Fellow Actor

ABC’s boy meets world Stars Rider Strong and Will Friedle claim they were groomed by fellow actor Brian Peck, who guest starred on the hit series.

Strong and Friedl recalled their experience with Peck, who played Cowboy No. 2 in two episodes of the film. boy meets worldin conversation with family therapist Katie Morton on Monday. episode iHeart Podcast, Pod meets the world.

The actors said that at the time they did not understand what was happening, but in hindsight the situation became clearer.

“I didn’t go to parties, I didn’t do much of that,” said Friedl, who played Eric Matthews on the show. “But then I worked a lot.” boy meets worldAnd this guy was so obsessed with my life that I brought him to three shows after that. boy meets world

“This was someone he introduced to someone who was really good at his job, really funny, and the type of person you’d want to hang out with.” [him]” the actor added. “I saw him every day, spent time with him every day, talked to him every day.”

Peck was convicted in 2004 of sexually abusing an unnamed Nickelodeon child star, just four years after that final episode. boy meets world It was aired. He spent 16 months in prison.

Mr. Friedl went on to explain that when this happened, Mr. Peck changed his narrative and claimed himself to be the victim of the situation.

“Looking back on it, he told me what happened and then instantly turned it around to where it wasn’t his fault, it was obviously his victim’s fault, My first instinct was, because of the year I’d been with him, I was like, “Yeah, sure.” That can’t be you,” Friedl said.

“When I look back now as an adult, I want to cry and realize how naive I was,” he added.

Friedl, who was about 17 when Boy Meets World started and 24 when it ended, added: “This is one of the reasons why I’ve had so much trouble with this issue and why it’s bothered me for so long.” “Because I wasn’t 15 years old,” he said. I was probably around 19 years old. ”

“And I’ve been an actor for a long time and I’ve lived on my own, so I’d like to look back and think I was worldly and there’s no way I’d be taken advantage of at that age and that can’t happen.” “As an adult, I thought I might be manipulated in this way,” he said. “And that’s the one thing that really sticks with me more than anything else.”

boy meets world Co-star Danielle Fishel, who played Topanga Lawrence on the series, also said that Peck wanted to spend as much time as possible with the main cast, unlike most guest stars on the show.

Fischel also criticized that “other adults on set probably could and should have said, ‘Why are you going to lunch with this guy?'” “Why is this guy going to Ryder’s house for a party?”

Strong, who played Sean Hunter on the ABC series, also recalled “hanging out” with “older men as if they were buddies.”

“That happened a lot, and I remember my parents being a little pissed off about one of them, saying, ‘Why are you hanging out with this guy?'” He was in his 40s. I remember him saying, “Well, he’s like an eternal child.”

“I remember three men in my life who were friends, and they were like children,” Strong continued. “They were stunted, they knew it, and they talked about themselves like, ‘I’m like a forever teenager.’ And they were teenagers who wanted to grow old. We were like, ‘Well, I guess that’s what makes them that way.'” Cool guys. Because they are just like us except they can buy alcohol. ”

Strong added that because he was an actor on a popular TV show, he felt older and more independent than his peers, so there was a sense of “meeting him in the middle.”

“And it’s really alarming to realize that now,” he said.

In 2003, Mr. Peck contacted Mr. Strong and Mr. Friedl when they were accused of child sexual abuse and asked for their assistance in court. The actors said they took part but now regret taking part.

“There are actual victims here, and he turned us against the victims to the point where now we’re on his team,” Friedl said. “That, for me, is something I look back on as my eternal shame for this whole thing.” [thing]”

“You think it’s because you’re young that you get taken in by someone who’s a great actor and manipulator, but that’s the reality,” he added. “That’s terrible.”

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