Morgan Spurlock has resigned from his production company following a confession of sexual misconduct. The news from Hollywood of late has been filled with reports of sexual impropriety. It almost seems as if a new case is being reported every day, with powerful executives and beloved stars being taken to task for their illicit behavior in the past. The reputations and careers of these serial abusers are being forever ruined, as more victims come forward to tell their tales of mistreatment and abuse.
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock recently elected to publicly reveal his own misdeeds before being outed by the press. In addition, Spurlock has offered up his unsolicited resignation from his production company Warrior Poets, along with a lengthy apology wherein he declared himself, “part of the problem.”
As originally reported in Variety, the director behind the documentary Super Size Me confessed to multiple instances of sexual misconduct. Chief among these was Spurlock’s admission to being accused of rape by a classmate while he was in college.
“When I was in college, a girl who I hooked up with on a one night stand accused me of rape,” stated Spurlock. “Not outright. There were no charges or investigations, but she wrote about the instance in a short story writing class and called me by name.”
Spurlock also made reference to an incident wherein he systematically harassed a personal assistant at Warrior Poets by addressing her as “hot pants” or “sex pants.” Spurlock said he thought the teasing was “funny at the time” but came to realize that “I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.” Spurlock settled the matter financially in 2009 at the time of the assistant’s resignation, in exchange for a promise of silence.
“When she decided to quit, she came to me and said if I didn’t pay her a settlement, she would tell everyone. Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course, I paid. I paid for peace of mind. I paid for her silence and cooperation. Most of all, I paid so I could remain who I was.“
In addition to the above confessions of sexual misconduct, Spurlock also admitted to a life-long problem with fidelity. “I have been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had,” claims Spurlock. While not excusing his actions or past behavior, Spurlock also noted that he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child and suffered from depression and alcoholism.
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