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Allegations of Abuse Against Matthew Perry Leave 'Friends' Co-Stars Stunned: 'It's Shocking'

At the 2024 Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, Jennifer Aniston shared heartfelt sentiments about her late Friends co-star Matthew Perry, urging fans to "celebrate him" in light of his recent passing on October 28 due to the acute effects of ketamine.

However, a distressing report has surfaced, leaving Jen and the rest of the Friends cast—Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer—reeling.

According to three anonymous sources, Matthew's honesty about his sobriety is now in question, and they allege that his addiction had such a profound impact that he became "verbally, emotionally, and physically abusive." These claims have deeply affected his grieving friends, who wish to remember the compassionate and kind Matthew they knew. An insider reveals, "It’s appalling he’s getting torn apart when he’s not here to defend himself."

Beyond their personal anguish, the cast is concerned about the potential repercussions on the legacy of their beloved sitcom, set to celebrate its 30th anniversary in September. The anonymous source emphasizes the cast's vested interest in preserving the Friends brand, given pending streaming deals and lucrative reunion opportunities. The tarnishing of the brand by association poses a significant challenge, echoing past instances where shows faced financial setbacks after controversies involving key cast members, such as The Cosby Show.

With considerable financial stakes, the source notes, "They depend on those residuals. Friends money has allowed them all to be extremely picky about the work they’ve chosen ever since." The cast is now grappling not only with personal grief but also with the potential impact on their professional and financial landscape as they navigate the aftermath of these troubling allegations against their late co-star.

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