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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is stepping down from his production company, Warrior Poets, following his posting of a lengthy Twitter post where he admitted to past accusations of sexual harassment and assault.
“On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately,” Warrior Poets co-founder Jeremy Chilnick and partner Matthew Galkin said Thursday in a joint statement. “We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing and creating from our independent production company.”
In Spurlock’s Twitter post on Wednesday, he explained that while he watches “hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?'”
“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 [to] 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. I am part of the problem,” he continued.
In his post, Spurlock detailed multiple encounters he has had throughout his life, including a sexual encounter in college that ended with his female partner claiming rape and an incident with a former female employee whom he referred to as “hot pants” and “sex pants.”
Spurlock is best known as the director (and subject) of the 2004 fast-food documentary Supersize Me, which received an Oscar nomination. Recently, he helmed a follow-up, Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, which was purchased by YouTube Red for $3.5 million out of the Toronto International Film Festival.
The director was developing a biopic about superagent Sue Mengers as his first narrative feature through Warrior Poets.
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