Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Morgan Spurlock leaves his production company after misconduct confession

Coming clean about his past mistakes, he recalled how one girl he slept with in college indirectly accused him of raping her by naming him in a story.

"Over the years, I would look each of them in the eye and proclaim my love and then have sex with other people behind their backs", Spurlock wrote. Who knows. But I do know I've talked enough in my life. He later realized, "I had completely demeaned and belittled her". I tried to comfort her. "To make her feel better", Spurlock wrote. She believed she was raped.

Taking to Twitter, Spurlock wrote, "As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realisation of their past indiscretions, I don't sit by and wonder 'Who will be next?' I wonder, 'When will they come for me?' You see, I've come to understand after months of these revelations, that I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem".

In Spurlock's lengthy admission, he disclosed infidelity and instances of referring to a female assistant as "hot pants" or "sex pants" ("I thought was amusing at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence", he said).

Lastly, Spurlock admits to being "unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had". He questioned why he behaves in such a way, pointing to his estranged father, the sexual abuse he suffered as a boy and a young man, and his drinking problems. 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. By recognising and openly admitting what I've done to further this awful situation, I hope to empower the change within myself. "We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company". I will be better. "I will be better". "I believe we all can".

Spurlock later tweeted that he was "seeking help" when asked on Twitter about not mentioning so in his initial post, and it was later announced he would step down from Warrior Poets, the production company he co-founded.

The move comes 24 hours after Spurlock stepped down from his New York-based production company Warrior Poets, which has a staff of some 20 full-time employees and is a major feeder of documentary film and TV for such networks as History Channel and CNN.

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