Documentary-maker Morgan Spurlock will step down from his production company after taking to Twitter to reveal that when he was in college, he was accused of raping a female classmate and that he had settled an eight-year-old sexual harassment allegation at his office.
Spurlock’s lengthy post detailed the time he says he had sex with a female classmate only to later learn that she believed she had been raped. “I am part of the problem,” he said.
“When I was in college, a girl who I hooked up with on a one night stand accused me of rape,” Spurlock wrote. “Not outright. There were no charges or investigations, but she wrote about the instance in a short story writing class and called me by name.”
He also admitted that he had sexually harassed a female assistant at his production company. “I would call my female assistant ‘hot pants’ or ‘sex pants’ when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office. Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.”
He added: “When she decided to quit, she came to me and said if I didn’t pay her a settlement, she would tell everyone. Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course, I paid. I paid for peace of mind. I paid for her silence and cooperation. Most of all, I paid so I could remain who I was.”
“As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately,” Warrior Poets co-founder and partner Jeremy Chilnick and partner Matthew Galkin said in a joint statement. “We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.”
Spurlock’s preemptive confession does not name either of the women he said he had sexually harassed or assaulted. He pledged to “do better.”
The “Super Size Me” filmmaker also admitted to infidelity, writing that “I have been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had.” He revealed that he experienced sexual abuse when he was younger, and that his father had walked out on his mother when he was younger. He also shared that he suffers from depression and alcoholism.
A phone call seeking further comment was not immediately returned.