The “True Detective” and “No Time to Die” director is facing numerous allegations of workplace misconduct and allegations of using his power to develop relationships with young women.
Director of “No Time to Die” Cary Fukunaga Accused of misconduct in the workplace and abusing her power to form relationships with young women on set.An anonymous source from the production of the upcoming AppleTV+ miniseries “Master of the Sky” told Fukunaga, 44, to direct Rolling Stones He was “absolutely, unequivocally abusing his power” in his dealings with young female actresses and crew members.
Fukunaga denies the claim, and his attorney Michael Plonsker released a statement noting, “There is nothing shameful about pursuing friendships or consensual romantic relationships with women.” Plonsker continued, “Never have anyone — not once. — to” Fukunaga expressed such sentiments regarding the harassment allegations. “He created a work environment that is creative, collaborative and welcoming to all,” Plonske said in a statement.
IndieWire has reached out to representatives of Fukunaga and Apple TV+ for comment.
Fukunaga also faces charges of grooming actress and skateboarder Rachelle Vinberg, 23, who he met when she was 18. Vinberg accepts social media Earlier this month, he shared a filtered selfie with Fukunaga, with the caption: “I’ve been terrified of him for years. Man is a beautician and has been doing it for years. Be careful, ladies. She later retweeted Fukunaga’s pro-choice Instagram Story Leaked draft Supreme Court opinion Overturn Roe v. Wade.
“So he posted this today,” the “Skate Kitchen” star wrote. “It pisses me off because he doesn’t care about women at all. He just hurts them. I’ve talked to a lot of girls. Fuck you, Cary.”
Weinberg wrote that she met Fukunaga on a casting call the day after she was 18, after a casting director approached her at a skatepark to audition for a Samsung commercial that Fukunaga was directing. Weinberg added that Fukunaga asked her to pretend she was his niece when they appeared in public together.
In a statement, lawyers for Plonsk confirmed that Fuyong “had a relationship with [Vinberg] That’s over,” and claimed Weinberg’s claim stemmed from her “obvious dissatisfaction with Mr. Fukunaga, but relationships are known to always end, and many times one (or both) is unhappy.” “
‘Mad Men’ twin sisters actresses Cailin Loesch and Hannah Loesch earlier shared a blog post Claims Fukunaga and their multi-year relationship after they met on the set of the Netflix series at the age of 20.
“We were not raped, fired, or forced to perform any physical act against our will,” the Loesch sisters wrote in a joint statement. “So why is it so sad now to see this man we’ve willingly left, as an honorable creator, bringing a much-needed ‘feminist twist’ to an iconic film franchise?”
The post continued: “This article was not written to start a witch hunt against Cary or anyone. We’ll never even know for sure what his intentions were. We just know what happened and how it made us feel. So share it because we know we’re not alone in our experience, it’s always with us and etched in our hearts.”
Fukunaga claimed through his lawyer that he never asked the sisters to participate in the threesome, as they suggested in a blog post. In the hot tub, Fukunaga asked them if they would like to have a threesome, and according to their post, they said “incest is OK, if all parties agree,” Loeschs said.
Two of the “Mad Men” sources also claim that Fukunaga likes to be around young women. “We used to call it his fan club,” said one. “I would think, ‘Why are these young girls hanging around like puppies all the time?'”
More Fukunaga’s former partners made comments after the Weinberg and Lesch twins came forward. Margaret Qualley, who was in a romantic relationship with Fukunaga in 2017, “liked” Vinberg’s post about a man “lit” on Instagram. Kristine Froseth, who is dating Fukunaga, shared Weinberg’s initial statement about Fukunaga on her Instagram Story, along with a post about the grooming stages and signs. Weinberger’s statement was also retweeted by model Lizzie Swanson and her boyfriend, actor Charlie Plummer, who co-starred with Froseth on Hulu’s “Finding Alaska” .
Swanson told Rolling Stones She “knew Cary for a while, and while he never actually took action on anything, the emotional and mental patterns and manipulation strategies she experienced” were “very, very similar” to what Weinberg said.
“This is absolutely terrible and disgusting,” Swanson wrote. “I believe in them and fully support them. He needs to be stopped.”
In 2021, Fukunaga is accused of firing True Detective actress Raiden Greer for refusing to be nude in scenes not in the original script. Greer was cast as the exotic dancer, but nudity was not disclosed in her contract.
“Cary said to me at the time, ‘Everyone on this show is topless. All the women on the show are topless. Your character is a stripper, so you have to do that,'” Greer told the daily beast last year. “He’s trying different things to convince me it’s no big deal. It [was] Would be tasteful, or really insignificant in the background. I was like, ‘Okay, if it’s so trivial, why is he so insistent that I have to? It just kept on and on and on and on, without giving in. “
Greer called the encounter “degrading” and “humiliating.” She later left the program in 2013.
Now in 2022, amid similar allegations of progressive firing of cast and crew based on sexual preference and rejection, Fukunaga’s lawyer said the director “didn’t even make a final hiring decision. Like most directors, his hiring The process is done with many people and is based on an individual’s talent qualifications and their suitability for the project.”
Fukunaga’s former writing partner Nick Cuse expressed support for the Vinberg and Loesch twins. He wrote on his Instagram Story that Fukunaga was “the worst person I’ve ever met in my life” and said the way Fukunaga treated non-celebrities was “horrible.”
Cuth, who served as a consultant on No Time to Die and was a co-producer and writer on Mad Men, continued: “He didn’t lure me into fucking me, but he did use a lot of the same tactics to get me Write the script for him, and he’ll put his name on it. Once, after I wrote the script for him for three weeks, he asked me to open the cover and type his name under “author.” Not typing stolen credit verbatim with your own fingers.”
The “No Time To Die” director has previously spoken out against Sean Connery’s past interpretations of James Bond, saying the old-fashioned character “basically raped a woman” in “Thunderball” and “Goldfinger.” Fukunaga helped Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-write No Time to Die with a feminist perspective.
A “Master of the Air” production source told Rolling Stone that the director “made that disguise” in an attempt to appear feminist. “He did things to hide behind,” the source said. “‘Look, I can’t hurt women, I hire women. I do things for women.'”
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