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Documentarian Morgan Spurlock says he engaged in sexual misconduct

Production company he founded announced he has stepped down, as mixed reactions flow in from a confessional blog post

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 December, 2017, 4:12pm
UPDATED : Friday, 15 December, 2017, 6:42pm

The director of Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock, has stepped down from Warrior Poets, the New York-based production company he founded in 2004. The announcement came a day after he shared a confessional blog post admitting to his long history of sexual harassment.

“On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavours. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately,” a spokeswoman for the company said on Thursday.

Spurlock, who wrote that he “built a career on finding the truth”, shared the detailed account of his misconduct stretching back to his college days in a post that he tweeted on Wednesday night, with the note, “I am Part of the Problem”.

The message came just months after he sold his documentary Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! to YouTube Red for US$3.5 million, according to news website Deadline. Spurlock also has a forthcoming series titled Cultureshock, set to premiere on A&E in 2018.

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“As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realisation of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ ” he began. “I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’ ”

In the blog post, he chronicled his multiple infidelities, verbal sexual harassment in the workplace, battle with depression and decades-long struggle with alcohol abuse.

“I can’t blindly act as though I didn’t somehow play a part in this,” Spurlock wrote about the sexual harassment epidemic engulfing Hollywood. “Over my life, there have been many instances that parallel what we see every day in the news.”

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To support this statement, he offered several examples of his sexual misconduct throughout the post, always punctuating the harrowing stories with a variation on the phrase “I am part of the problem”.

In one instance he divulged took place in college, when he had a one-night sexual encounter with a girl that he thought was consensual but she later referred to as “rape”.

Another detailed his behaviour, which led to him settling a sexual harassment allegation with a former female assistant.

He wrote he has “been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend”

Reactions were mixed, because, as Andrea Mandell wrote in USA Today: “His motive remains unclear: Is Spurlock purely trying to take responsibility for his actions? Get ahead of new allegations? Preserve his reputation as a documentarian? Reassure investors, like those at CBS and A&E?”