The director who vowed to make the latest Bond film “#MeToo friendly” is being accused of inappropriate behavior with young women on film sets.
No Time to Die director Cary Fukunaga is being accused of inappropriate behavior with young women on film sets.
Anonymous sources from the production of the upcoming AppleTV+ miniseries Masters of the Airtold rolling stonethat the director has engaged in “absolute, clear-cut abuse of power” when interacting with young female actresses and crew members.
His goal, they alleged, is to engage in romantic relationships.
One unidentified woman who reportedly dated him after they met on set said a “heavy weight” was “lifted” after they parted ways, according to rolling stone. “When I thought about him, I just wanted to vomit,” she said.
The 44-year-old True Detective director’s lawyer, Michael Plonsker, denied the claims to rolling stonesaying in a statement: “There is nothing salacious about pursuing friendships or consensual romantic relationships with women.”
He also noted that “no one ever – not once – voiced such sentiments” of the claims to Fukunaga.
“He creates a work environment that is creative, collaborative and welcoming to all,” Plonsker added in the statement.
the posthas reached out for comment from Fukunaga’s representatives, as well as Apple TV+.
The accusations come after 23-year-old actress and skateboarder Rachelle Vinberg recently alleged on Instagram that Fukunaga groomed her when he approached her at a skate park and asked her to audition for a Samsung commercial he was directing.
She was 18 at the time, according to rolling stone.
Plonsker released a statement, saying Fukunaga “had a very brief and consensual romantic relationship with [Vinberg] that has ended” and suggested the skateboarder “clearly was not happy” with him since the split.
“I spent years being scared of him,” Vinberg captioned a selfie with Vinberg on Instagram. “Man’s a groomer and he has been doing this sh*t for years. Beware, women.”
She later called the director out for his pro-choice Instagram Story following the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade which was a landmark decision originally made in 1973 to protect abortion rights.
“And it pisses me off ’cause he literally doesn’t care about women. He only traumatizes them. I’ve spoken to many girls. F**k you, Cary, ”she wrote on her own Instagram Story, according to IndieWire.
When Fukunaga landed No Time to Diehe vowed to make his version of James Bond more in line with the #MeToo movement.
“Is it thunder ball or Goldfinger where, like, basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman?” Fukunaga asked the hollywoodreporter in 2021, referring to two of the six Bond movies that starred Connery.
“She’s like ‘No, no, no,’ and he’s like, ‘Yes, yes, yes,’” Fukunaga, 44, said.
“That wouldn’t fly today,” he told the trade mag.
Fukunaga appeared to be referring to 1965’s thunderball, in which Connery’s Bond forcibly kisses a nurse who had spurned his advances, Guardian noted.
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