Ben Kissel, former co-host of the popular true crime podcast “Last Podcast on the Left,” has been accused of abuse by multiple women, according to Rolling Stone. Four women have come forward with allegations ranging from misconduct to physical violence. Kissel has denied these claims.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Kissel acknowledged his use of alcohol as a coping mechanism for childhood trauma and his tendency to gravitate towards relationships with other trauma survivors. He specifically addressed his relationship with Taylor Moon, stating that it was a long-distance relationship marred by frequent arguments, which led him to end it on July 22nd. Kissel emphasized that he has never been physically or verbally abusive towards Moon or any other woman in his life.
Kissel, known for co-hosting “Last Podcast on the Left,” a true crime/comedy podcast, announced an indefinite hiatus from production on September 13th to focus on his mental and physical health. On October 5th, his co-hosts Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski announced on Instagram that Kissel would be leaving the podcast permanently, without providing a reason for his departure.
Rolling Stone reported allegations from women who dated Kissel, claiming he was physically and verbally abusive. One woman, who met Kissel in 2017, said she felt violated after their interaction and accused him of making inappropriate comments and kissing her without consent. Mackenzie Joy Brennan, a former contributor to the Last Podcast network, also claimed to have witnessed Kissel exhibit volatile behavior.
Parks and Zebrowski, in a statement posted on Instagram, expressed their unawareness of any alleged abusive behavior by Kissel. They also urged fans not to engage in harassment towards Kissel’s ex-girlfriend.
If you or someone you know is experiencing intimate partner abuse, or if you have concerns about someone in an abusive situation, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline via call, chat, or text.