The cast of Riverdale is coming together to help support their fearless leader as he continues to search for his father.
According to Radar, the show's creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's 76-year-old dad, Francisco Aguirre-Sacasa, who acted as the Nicaraguan ambassador to the United States from 1997-2000, went missing two months ago after being taken from his own home in the middle of the night by "armed guards" in Nicaragua.
To help raise awareness in the search for Francisco, the stars of the CW series Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, KJ Apa, Madelaine Petsch and Casey Cott took part in a heartbreaking video to get the public's attention on the situation.
"Over the years, all of us who have been part of making this show [have] become a family," 24-year-old Apa stated. His co-star Cott then went to to say, “And right now, someone from our family needs your help."
24-year-old Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper on the hit series, then explained, "His father and a dozen other activists were kidnapped and arrested. No one knows where they are being held and if they are being given food, water, or medicine."
As the all star cast pleaded with the public to "rectify this miscarriage of justice," they asked the show's devout fans to sign a petition demanding the release of the activist and to use the hashtag #FreeFrancisco.
According to Roberto, the Nicaraguan government has charged his father "for treason and conspiracy" and is being held at El Chipote federal prison in Managua.
The screenwriter told CBR , "That means my dad’s no longer ‘under investigation for 90 days, as he had been, and can now be imprisoned indefinitely."
“As for next steps, we’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing – getting the word out about my father and the other prisoners. Trying to raise awareness about the human rights violations happening in Nicaragua on a daily basis."
He went on, "In the meantime, my dad has a private hearing coming up in front of a judge, so we’ll see what happens at that."