The Duffer brothers, who are best known for their hit Netflix show, Stranger Things, have issued a public apology after a crew member accused them of verbally abusing “multiple women” on set.
According to the statement, Matt and Ross Duffer said that they were “upset” by the allegations and apologized for any wrongdoing. The Stranger Things creators, however, maintained that they did not indiscriminate any members on their set.
“We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set. Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize,” they said in a joint statement.
The apology came after Peyton Brown, a grip handler on the show, announced in a post on Instagram that she would no longer work on season 3 after witnessing “two men in high positions of power” verbally abuse multiple women. While Brown didn’t mention any names in the original post, media sources were able to capture a screenshot from the comments section where Brown admitted that she was referring to the Duffer brothers.
According to Brown, Mat and Ross Duffer would regularly yell, insult and issue threats to the point where people were either fired or forced to quit because of the show’s creators.
As soon as word of the accusations got to Netflix, an investigation was launched to see whether there was any weight to Brown’s Instagram post. According to the streaming company, “no wrongdoing” was found. Netflix echoed the Duffer’s statement by saying that maintaining a “safe, respectful atmosphere” on set is of utmost importance to them.
Netflix was previously forced to launch an investigation shortly after actor, Kevin Spacey, was accused of sexual misconduct, and several crew members on the set of House of Cards came forward with allegations about the star. Spacey has since been fired from the show, and it will debut its final season without him.
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