Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is the latest man to be taken down by the #MeToo movement and the groundswell of public outrage over sexual misconduct. In a Facebook post on Wednesday evening, the director said, “I am Part of the Problem,” before admitting to a litany of misdeeds, including sexual harassment, infidelity and accusations of rape.
On Thursday, he announced he is stepping down from Warrior Poets, the production company he co-founded in 2004 to release the Oscar-nominated documentary "Super Size Me," according to The New York Times.
In his post, Spurlock said that while “hero after hero, man after man” were brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct, he wondered to himself, “when will they come for me?” He then admits, “Over my life, there have been many instances that parallel what we see everyday in the news.”
Spurlock then says that he was accused of rape while in college. In his telling of the events, a night of drinking led to a one-night stand with a young woman who, “said she didn’t want to have sex.” Though, according to him, they later consensually "began fooling around." When they later began having sexual intercourse, she began to cry.
“There were no charges or investigations, but she wrote about the instance in a short story writing class and called me by name,” he said.
Spurlock then goes on to reveal that he settled a sexual harassment suit at his production company eight years ago.
“It wasn’t a gropy feely harassment,” he says, but adds, “It was just as bad.”
Spurlock says he called his female assistant “hot pants” and “sex pants” in the office, which was “something I thought was funny at the time.” He later realized, “I had completely demeaned and belittled her.” He says that when she quit, she demanded money in exchange for not telling anyone about his harassment of her, which he duly paid.
Lastly, Spurlock admits to being “unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had.” According to Newsweek, Spurlock has been married twice. His first marriage was from 2006 to 2011 to natural food chef Alex Jamieson, with whom he has an 11-year-old son named Laken. In April 2016, he married his girlfriend of eight years, HBO Documentary Films senior vice president Sara Bernstein. She gave birth to their son Kallen in May 2016.
“I would look each of them in the eye and proclaim my love and then have sex with other people behind their backs,” he says.
Spurlock then questions what motivated his actions, wondering if it was due to his father leaving his family when he was a child, or due to “the sexual abuse I suffered as a boy and as a young man in my teens.” Spurlock says prior to this post, his first wife was the only person he had ever told about being the victim of abuse. He also says he hasn’t “been sober for more than a week in 30 years,” and admits to suffering from “daily depression.”
Spurlock ends his online mea culpa by saying, “I am also part of the solution. By recognizing and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself. [...] I will do better. I will be better.”
Following Spurlocks’ posts, the production company Warrior Poets issued a statement Thursday.
“As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately,” it says, as quoted on Reuters. “We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.”
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