Cary Fukunaga is accused of having “abused his power” over young women during several shootings

Cary Fukunaga is accused of having "abused his power" on young women during several shoots
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The director photographed actresses after takes or retrieved their number from the attendance sheet to offer them a drink…

Several young actresses have recently accused Cary Fukunaga of sexual harassment. It all started with the anger of Rachel Vinberg, a professional skateboarder who shot a music video with the 40-year-old director when she was 18. They then began an intimate relationship, which lasted until he was 21, during which he behaved inappropriately towards her: she describes him as manipulative and accuses him of having created an unhealthy atmosphere within the couple, in particular presenting her as his cousin, niece or sister in public, aware of their great age difference. So when he took to social media to “defend women”, she publicly denounced his actions: “I spent years scared of him. This guy is an abuser and has been for years. Watch out for you girls.” His posts were shared by people close to the director, like his ex-girlfriend Margaret Qualley, and they got others talking. Thus, the sisters Hannah and Cailin Loesch told how he had met them on the set of the series maniac (2018), on Netflix, and then arranged to invite them to his home and offer them a threesome. They refused, but he insisted, justifying that “incest is ok if everyone involved agrees.” Another actress, Raeden Greer, for her part explained that she had been fired from the series True Detective (on which he was working in 2014) when she refused to undress: her contract did not stipulate a nude scene, but the director finally insisted that she take off her t-shirt on the set. She said no and ultimately does not appear on the show.

Cary Fukunaga accused of sexual harassment by three actresses

Shortly after these revelations, RollingStone shares testimonials from other actresses, who, if they prefer to remain anonymous, confirm the inappropriate behavior of the director of Dying can wait, many times and on different projects. On his last series, Masters of the Air, for example, he asked two young actresses to stay after a take, while the other actors left the set. Dressed as prostitutes for the shoot, he wanted to photograph them, explaining that this would facilitate the connections with a next sequence to be shot, but that does not normally figure in the missions of a director: it is up to the head costume designer to check that the clothes of the actors and extras are fitted from one scene to another. The two actresses would have been “uncomfortable” because of this request, which caused members of the team to be suspicious of him. Other actions are then pointed out: Cary Fukunaga would have retrieved the phone numbers of actresses and extras on the attendance sheet, used on a shoot to organize the shots, then sent them text messages to offer them a drink a drink after taking. One of them even explains having learned through this that she would not be selected for a role but that he would “proposed a ‘date’ instead”.

If it is not a question of rape or sexual assault, the article evokes multiple examples where he allegedly abused his position as a director to offer dates, photos or tattoos to ever younger women. than him. Requests deemed inappropriate by the interested parties and certain witnesses present with them on the filming. He defends himself with his lawyer by explaining that he takes photos of all the cast members, men and women, young and old, and that he likes to draw quick tattoos, that he is known for this talent and that he doesn’t force anyone to get a tattoo. He puts forward the consent of each of the people with whom he would have “exceeded professional boundaries”. However, the testimonies are numerous and always relate the same “techniques” to get a “date”a mobile number or to try to start an intimate relationship.

The article ends with the testimony of Nick Cuse, screenwriter alongside Cary Fukunaga on several projects. If he does not reproach the director for anything sexual, he denounces his manipulative side and affirms that it is a question of “the worst person” with which he had to work, detailing that he for example imposed on him to write the name of Cary Fukunaga on a script that he himself had spent all weekend writing.

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