3:27pm PT by Kim Masters
Paramount Fires 'Amusement Park' Director Over "Inappropriate" Conduct Claim (Exclusive)
Dylan Brown has been fired as director of the Paramount animated film Amusement Park due to complaints of "inappropriate and unwanted conduct," The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Paramount launched an investigation following complaints that were corroborated by multiple women, a source with ties to the project said. The alleged conduct included touching and caressing, according to a source.
“We are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace that is free of harassment or inappropriate conduct, so we take allegations of misconduct and impropriety very seriously," a studio rep said Tuesday in a statement. "We received allegations of inappropriate and unwanted conduct by Dylan Brown in the workplace and we conducted a thorough investigation, and he is no longer employed by the company.”
Amusement Park is well into the production process and is set for release in March 2019. The movie has lined up a voice cast that includes Matthew Broderick, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Garner, John Oliver and Jeffrey Tambor.
Brown has worked as an animator on Pixar's The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, among other titles, and was making his directorial debut with Amusement Park.
"Mr. Brown disputes these allegations," his attorney Andrew Brettler said in a statement. "They are defamatory, and he is considering his legal options.”
Jan. 30, 7:52 p.m. Updated with Brown's attorney's comment.