Warner Bros Studio Exec Accused of Promising Acting Roles for Sex Steps Down
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara is stepping down after claims that he promised acting roles in exchange for sex. We told you last week that WarnerMedia had launched an investigation into allegations that 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 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. "I deeply regret that I have made mistakes in my personal life that have caused pain and embarrassment to the people I love the most," said Tsujihara. "I also deeply regret that these personal actions have caused embarrassment to the company and to all of you." WarnerMedia said that its investigation into the situation, which is being carried out by a third-party law firm, is continuing. His departure comes as the studio is also facing a lawsuit from Chung H. Chang -- the former VP of Finance for Digital Labs, which was the parent division of DramaFever -- who alleged that Warner Bros. studio has an anti-Asian bias and retaliated against him when he brought it to their attention. Chang said the studio exhibited a pattern of discriminatory comments he and other Asian American employees experienced since Warner Bros. acquired DramaFever. More on Tsujihara’s departure here.