In another sign of the Screen Actors Guild’s ongoing turmoil, SAG prexy William Daniels has chastised top exec John McGuire for sandbagging him about an internal investigation.
Daniels issued the criticism in a memo to associate national exec director McGuire and SAG counsel Leo Geffner over handling of disciplinary actions against SAG’s affirmative action department. On Friday, McGuire placed Patricia Heisser Metoyer, the department’s exec administrator, on 30-day administrative leave and fired No. 2 exec Peter Nguyen.
Daniels also accused McGuire and Geffner of overturning previous policy by asking him to participate in Friday’s disciplinary meetings, even though the execs had previously told Daniels he should not be involved in personnel matters with non-executive staff.
“I was disturbed, therefore, by having been asked to participate in this sensitive decision; particularly without any advance briefing on the status of the organization’s investigation into the allegations,” Daniels said. “If I were to have become involved in this decision — which I declined to do — I should at the least have been kept abreast of developments concerning the investigation.”
Daniels did not disclose details of the accusations against Metoyer and Nguyen beyond saying, “The allegations against these individuals are quite serious.”
McGuire has not commented on the investigation and discipline, citing SAG policy against comment on personnel matters. Spokesman Greg Krizman confirmed Wednesday that execs have fired Celine Bae, the remaining top staffer in the affirmative action department.
Bei said, “I do not understand all the politics involved, only that I was fired after almost three years of dedicated service to the guild.” Metoyer has not commented but Nguyen has alleged he was fired for his advocacy of the rank-and-file and pursuing race-discrimination complaints against SAG’s human resources department and senior staff.
Daniels said he has “no reason to believe” any of the accusations against SAG staff that have arisen. But he also said, “In order to remove any possible taint to our organization, the guild should investigate these allegations in a serious and meaningful way.”
The latest action follows a series of rifts between supporters of Daniels and McGuire, portending a series of contentious national board meetings through the weekend.