Brown, an animator who has worked on such pictures like “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo,” was making his directorial debut in the Paramount feature. The voice cast includes Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis and Jeffrey Tambor (who has been accused of sexual harassment).
“We are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace that is free of harassment or inappropriate conduct,” a Paramount spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday. “We received allegations of inappropriate and unwanted conduct by Dylan Brown in the workplace and we conducted a thorough investigation, and he is no longer employed by the company.”
The film is mostly finished, and there will not be a search for a new director. The picture is still slated for release in March 15, 2019.
Paramount did not provide specifics on the allegations. In recent months, dozens of powerful men in Hollywood have been felled by allegations of sexual harassment and other abusive behavior, increasing pressure on entertainment companies to aggressively investigate complaints.
An attorney for Brown, Andrew B. Brettler, said in a statement Tuesday evening that Brown disputed the allegations. “They are defamatory, and he is considering his legal options,” his attorney said.
A source close to the situation said Brown had been accused by multiple women on the production staff of inappropriate comments that were sexual in nature, as well as some physical interactions. Brown, according to the source, was fired two weeks ago after Paramount’s legal staff investigated the complaints.
The incidents did not involve any of the female voice actors working on the film.