The chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. is the focus of an investigation following the publication of a report today by The Hollywood Reporter detailing an apparent relationship between the powerful executive, Kevin Tsujihara, and a young British actress, Charlotte Kirk.
Variety reports that WarnerMedia is launching an investigation into allegations that Tsujihara had an affair with Kirk and then tried to help her land roles in Warner Bros. productions.
“The studio’s parent company was forced to act after The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday published a lengthy report detailing the history between Tsujihara and … Kirk,” Variety reports. “The studio previously investigated the allegations in the fall of 2017 and found no wrongdoing or abuse of power by Tsujihara, who is married.”
Variety adds: “Tsujihara and Kirk met in 2013 through mutual acquaintances, Australian media mogul James Packer and director-producer Brett Ratner. At the time Packer and Ratner were negotiating a $450 million film financing pact with Warner Bros. through their RatPac investment venture.”
Kirk was 21 years old at the time and “had been laboring to establish herself in Hollywood with limited success, but now Packer, who was a partner with director Brett Ratner in the film production/finance company RatPac Entertainment, was saying she was about to catch a major break,” THR reports.
THR quotes a text message from Packer to Kirk at the time saying: “I have the opportunity of a lifetime for u. Come to [the Hotel] Bel air now. U will never be able to pay me.”
THR adds: “He promised an introduction to ‘the most important man u can meet.’ Kirk quickly agreed to the rendezvous.”
THR indicates that while Packer did not identify the man by name, it becomes clear through numerous texts and other documentation that it was Tsujihara.
“That communication and subsequent encounters between Kirk and Tsujihara drew the powerful studio chief into what Kirk repeatedly referred to as a sexual relationship,” THR reports. “And from there the relationship devolved into a protracted and increasingly desperate struggle among Tsujihara, Ratner and Packer to manage Kirk’s urgent demands to be cast in movies and TV series. At one point, Ratner accused Kirk of attempted ‘extortion.'”
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