An acclaimed filmmaker is stepping down from his production company, revealing in a public confession that he is “part of the problem” of sexual misconduct.
Morgan Spurlock, the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker behind “Super Size Me,” “Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?,” “One Direction: This Is Us” and other films, posted a detailed Twitter message examining his history of sexual misbehavior, under the headline “I am Part of the Problem.”
You can click here to read his message in full.
“I’ve come to understand after months of these revelations, that I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem,” Spurlock writes. “I’m sure I’m not alone in this thought, but I can’t blindly act as though I didn’t somehow play a part in this, and if I’m going truly represent myself as someone who has built a career on finding the truth, then it’s time for me to be truthful as well.”
Spurlock goes on to detail a number of incidents from his past, including an encounter when he was in college in which a woman accused him of rape, and another incident in which he settled a sexual harassment allegation.
“I would call my female assistant ‘hot pants’ or ‘sex pants’ when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office,” Spurlock wrote. “Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.”
Spurlock’s partners in his production company, Warrior Poets, sent out a release today announcing that he is stepping down from his role with the company.
“On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors,” the release from partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin states. “As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately. We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.”
Please click here to read Spurlock’s full statement.