That’s one way to strike a chord.
Blake Jenner of “Glee” fame got hit with a DUI charge after police in Burbank, Calif., caught the actor driving above the legal limit last Saturday, July 9, according to a TMZ exclusive published today.
The allegations, as described to TMZ by the Burbank Police Department, are that the 29-year-old Miami native caught the attention of on-duty officers after he sped through a red light at 11:30 p.m.
He was then asked to undergo sobriety testing — which he evidently failed.
The “Billy Boy” star was then arrested and booked for a DUI, though he was reportedly released from jail within a day.
Back in 2012, Jenner scored his first big break in the entertainment industry upon winning Oxygen’s “The Glee Project,” resulting in him being cast in “Glee” beginning in its fourth season, in which he made his debut in the role of dyslexic football player Ryder Lynn. The reoccurring character went on to appear in 39 episodes from then through the conclusion of the show, including its series finale in March 2015.
The DUI isn’t the first alleged incident of bad behavior for the actor-singer. In November 2019, Jenner’s ex-girlfriend, “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist, posted a video to her Instagram in which she said that she’d previously been subjected to “intimate partner violence” that resulted in permanent damage to her eyesight. The actress didn’t name names, but a number of contextual clues in her story pointed to Jenner as being the abuser.
Almost a year later, in October 2020, Jenner shared a statement to his Instagram in which he owned up his actions, though also leveled separate claims at his former flame.
“I take full responsibility and accountability for the hurt that I inflicted during my relationship with my past partner — emotionally, mentally and yes, physically,” he wrote. “It’s a moment that I will regret for the rest of my life … If I could do anything to take it back, I would.”