I Hate Your Deck Removes Episode Amid Michael David Lynch Abuse Allegations

I Hate Your Deck has been criticized again, as a guest on the MTG show withdraws her consent for her episode to be shared on YouTube. Guest Rachel Weeks told I Hate Your Deck that she didn’t want them to use the episode she appeared in after learning of the allegations against their host, Michael David Lynch.

Although she originally uploaded the video without Weeks’ consent, it is now made private. The I Hate Your Deck Twitter account has also been locked, but there is no update on whether Michael David Lynch will be leaving the show and what that would mean for his future.

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Weeks took to Twitter yesterday, saying she told the team on April 1 that she didn’t want to appear in any more episodes. She says there was no contract requiring them to upload episodes she had already recorded. She further claims that she recorded the episode before she knew of the allegations against Lynch.

It does not appear that the IHYD team has been in contact with Weeks, but the episode has been made private. The official Twitter account has also been made private.

As we reported last month, Lynch was accused of a ‘pattern of abuse’ by an actor he worked with in 2013. Actress Benita Robledo says Lynch forced her to film a scene nude, with the promise that they would use non-nude shots if she asked. When she asked Lynch to do just that, she said he refused to give her footage he helped her record for a separate web series she and some friends were working on. “He told me if he didn’t get his nudity, I wouldn’t get my footage,” Robledo said. “It’s not a disagreement, it’s blackmail.”


Among other things, Robledo also claims that Lynch refused to hand over an acting award she had won unless she posed with him on the red carpet. He also allegedly made inappropriate comments about his appearance during filming.

Since then, sponsors have withdrawn their support for the IHYD. Despite this, Lynch is still involved with the show, but following the renewed scrutiny, it appears he has deleted his Twitter account. He denies the allegations and has previously suggested that Robledo was happy to tape the nude scenes.

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