Warner Bros. Studio Exec Under Investigation
WarnerMedia is launching an investigation into allegations that Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara, who is married, had an affair with British actress Charlotte Kirk and subsequently tried to help her land roles in Warner Bros.’ productions. The studio previously investigated the allegations in the fall of 2017 and found no wrongdoing or abuse of power by Tsujihara. The pair met in 2013 with the help of partners Brett Ratner(who's been accused of sexual harassment himself) and James Packer (who was previously involved with the actress), and their entanglement lasted for three years. During that time, Kirk scored a series of small supporting roles in Warner Bros. films such as How to Be Single and 2018's Ocean’s 8. But things got rocky between the two after she felt that progress in her Hollywood endeavor wasn't as fast as she hoped it would be considering what she says was promised to her. The Hollywood Reporter exposed images of text messages allegedly exchanged between Tsujihara and Kirk in which she pushes him to help her make connections that could lead to acting work. Tsujihara reportedly helped Kirk connect with New Line Cinema President Richard Brener, but there are no indications that Tsujihara forced anyone at Warner Bros. to cast Kirk in a project. Tsujihara’s official statement includes an apology for his misbehavior. He will remain in his role as Warner Bros. CEO while the new investigation is conducted. The THR report and second investigation come days after the first Asian American to run a studio head was given increased responsibilities by WarnerMedia. Their purview includes a new global kids and young adults business that is meant to bring together the family and animation efforts from across the company. Read Tsujihara's full statement here.