Bond director accused of misconduct on set of new Apple TV miniseries

Bond director accused of misconduct on set of new Apple TV miniseries

06/01/2022

Woke Bond director Cary Fukunaga is accused of ‘abusing his power’ and ‘crossing a professional line’ with young women on set of Apple TV miniseries Masters of the Air

  • Speaking anonymously, several sources working on the upcoming series said the director engaged in ‘absolute, clear-cut abuse of power’ with female staff 
  • In particular, the insiders said, 44-year-old Fukunaga honed in on two of the WWII set production’s background actresses – one of whom had just turned 18
  • During filming for one scene, the sources said Fukunaga started taking pictures of the women, encouraging them to pose suggestively 
  • Neither of the actresses were named by the production staffers
  • It comes less than two weeks after Fukunaga  was accused of and ‘grooming’ by three actresses, one of whom claimed she was targeted days after turning 18
  • Shortly after landing the No Time to Die gig, the director got heat for saying in an interview that Sean Connery’s version of Bond was ‘basically a rapist’ 

No Time to Die director Cary Fukunaga is being accused of inappropriate behavior and ‘crossing a professional line’ with multiple female staffers on the set of his upcoming miniseries – weeks after multiple actresses came forward to accuse the filmmaker of ‘grooming’ young women.

Speaking anonymously to Rolling Stone, several sources working on the upcoming AppleTV+ miniseries Masters of the Air said the director engaged in ‘absolute, clear-cut abuse of power’ while interacting with young female actors and crew members.

In particular, the insiders said, 44-year-old Fukunaga honed in on two of the WWII set production’s background actresses – one of whom had recently turned 18.

During filming for one scene where the two young actresses dressed as prostitutes from the 1940s, the sources said Fukunaga started taking pictures of the women, encouraging them to pose suggestively as they bent against a wall and knelt on the ground.

‘That was my first gut check,’ one of the insiders told the magazine. ‘It was way past the line. There’s no sort of argument… that it is OK in any way. It’s an absolute, clear-cut abuse of power.’

The source said that Fukunaga, one of Hollywood’s youngest major directors and the first American tapped to direct a Bond film, used the guise of needing the photos for continuity purposes – a task not typically associated with the duties of a director.

The entire interaction took roughly 10 minutes, according to the insiders.

The sources further alleged that Fukunaga would regularly flirt with young women on-set at the same time. Three sources said Fukunaga showed interest in at least three young female staffers in the show’s cast and crew during filming.

No Time to Die director Cary Fukunaga is being accused of inappropriate behavior and ‘crossing a professional line’ with multiple female staffers on the set of his upcoming miniseries – weeks after multiple actresses came forward to accuse him of abuse

Anonymous sources working on the upcoming AppleTV+ miniseries said the director – who became the first American to head a Bond film last year – engaged in ‘absolute, clear-cut abuse of power’ while interacting with young female actors and crew

Crew members recall whispering amongst themselves about Fukunaga’s advances and spending so much time with the younger female members of the cast and crew.

They asserted that Fukunaga crossed a professional line with his actions, and that he purposely used his position of power in a manner that left others present uncomfortable.

Neither of the actresses were named by the production staffers. 

The accusations come less than two weeks after Fukunaga – whose other projects include 2011’s Jane Eyre and the critically acclaimed first season of HBO’s True Detective – was accused of sexual harassment and ‘grooming’ by three young actresses, one of whom claimed she was targeted days after turning 18.

The allegations surfaced last month after Fukunaga posted a story to his Instagram declaring his support for women’s rights after a leaked document revealed the US Supreme Court has plans to overturn Roe v Wade.

Fukunaga – who made headlines in October last year after he touted a desire to create a less misogynistic Bond film – wrote: ‘Meanwhile in America the supreme court is about to push us one step closer to war with ourselves by legitimatizing a war against women’s rights.’

The comments spurred Rachelle Vinberg, the 23-year-old star of HBO’s Betty – who first worked with Fukunaga when she was 18 – to speak out against the director, accusing him of ‘grooming’ her years until she started to suffer from PTSD.  

The pair met on the set of a Samsung commercial that Fukunaga – the day after Vinberg’s birthday. She alleges the pair began a consensual relational which turned sexual when she was 21.  

‘So he posted this today. And it p****s me off cause he literally doesn’t care about women,’ Vinberg, a professional skateboarder from Long Island, said in a series of Instagram posts.

‘He only traumatizes them. I spent years being scared of him. Man’s a groomer and has been doing this for years. Beware women.’

She further claimed Fukunaga told her their relationship, which was ‘completely fully intimate’, had to be kept secret and that he introduced her as his cousin, niece or sister when they were in public. 

Vinberg, who posted pictures of herself with the director, added: ‘I tried to reach out to him in the past about how he made me feel and he’s never taken accountability, he’s basically brushed me off.’

She also called the director out for what she viewed as a hypocritical, pandering Instagram post. ‘And it pisses me off ’cause he literally doesn’t care about women. He only traumatizes them. I’ve spoken to many girls. F**k you, Cary.’

The allegations come mere weeks after Rachelle Vinberg, 23, pictured her with Fukunaga took to Instagram to call out the director, accusing him of ‘grooming’ her years until she started to suffer from PTSD

She further claimed Fukunaga told her their relationship, which was ‘completely fully intimate’, had to be kept secret and that he introduced her as his cousin, niece or sister when they were in public

Vinberg, 23, pictured her with Fukunaga, met on the set of a Samsung commercial in 2016 – the day after Vinberg’s birthday. She alleges the pair began an ‘intimate’ and ‘traumatizing’ relationship which turned sexual when she was 21 

Actress Margaret Qualley, who was romantically linked to Fukunaga in 2017 when she was 22, ‘liked’ a post from Vinberg where she asserted she was “gaslighting” men on Instagram. 

‘It had to be a secret because it would look bad for him, because people wouldn’t understand, because it would make him look like a predator,’ Vinberg said. 

She also posted multiple photos of her with the director, as well as screenshots of DMs with others who claim they had too been harassed. ‘He’s basically brushed me off, gaslit me… Then I found out about all these other girls was like, “Oh, this is a pattern.”‘ 

The online assertion prompted a response from Fukunaga’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, who confirmed the two had dated but denied the claims. 

In a statement, Plonsker conceded that Fukunaga ‘had a very brief and consensual romantic relationship with [Vinberg] that has ended’ and suggested the actress ‘clearly was not happy’ with him after the split.

The remarks, however, also garnered a response from two other young actresses – who claimed that they, too, had been a victimized by Fukunaga.

The two women, 24-year-old twins Hannah and Cailin Loesch, said they met the director on the set of Netflix’s 2018 drama Maniac when they were 20, and say they had a three-year ‘hot-and-cold relationship’ with him.

They say he invited them to London while he was filming No Time to Die, released last year.

Accusers stated to surface last month after Fukunaga posted a story to his Instagram declaring his support for women’s rights after a leaked document revealed the US Supreme Court has plans to overturn Roe v Wade

Writing on social media, the twins claimed Fukunaga came to their family home in Pennsylvania and asked them to participate in a threesome as they sat in a hot tub. They allege he said incest ‘was OK if all parties are OK with it’.

The encounter also reportedly saw the director ask the twins if they were virgins. 

Separately they allege that during a screening of No Time To Die in New York, which they claim to have watched on Fukunaga’s bed, ‘he massaged Cailin with his hand under her skirt’ and then pulled her on top of him.

‘Cailin lie (sic) there limply, just as terrified of what it would say about her if she followed his lead as it would if she didn’t. Then she climbed off.

‘He seemed disappointed but invited us both to “drop acid” and do molly [the drug MDMA or ecstasy] at his house.’

24-year-old twins Hannah and Cailin Loesch, said they met the director on the set of Netflix’s 2018 drama Maniac when they were 20, and that the director propositioned them a threesome

The sisters said never saw Fukunaga again despite ‘a final text to Hannah, claiming the whole thing was a big misunderstanding, and that he had ‘nothing but respect’ for the two of us.’ 

They also emphasized that they ‘flirted back’ with Fukunaga, ‘walked away through unlocked doors’ and do not want to start a ‘witch hunt’ against the filmmaker. ‘We were not raped, fired from a job, or made to do anything physical against our will,’ they wrote. 

Hannah and Cailin also recalled an instance where they went to a nightclub with Fukunaga and his friends. 

‘We both wound up blacked out in the bathroom, for the first time in our lives,’ the actors wrote. 

‘A night out with our director, who we had enormous respect for, ended with us both pressed against Cary’s body on the dance floor, lapsing in and out of our lucid states, occasionally falling to the floor in a haze.

‘We never got close to that inebriated before, or since, that night,’ they wrote. 

Another actress, Raeden Greer, also spurred by Vinberg’s post calling out the director, claimed last month that she had been fired from the TV show True Detective, which Fukunaga directed, after she refused to appear nude in a scene

Another actress, Raeden Greer, also spurred by Vinberg’s post calling out the director, claimed last month that she had been fired from the TV show True Detective, which Fukunaga directed, after she refused to appear nude in a scene.

Greer, 34, said Fukunaga said to her, then 25, during filming for the 2014 series something along the lines of, ‘”Everybody on this show goes topless. All the women on the show go topless. Your character is a stripper, so you have to.”‘ 

Shortly after she refused, Greer says she was fired. 

‘And now, Cary is out here talking about his female characters — it’s like another slap in the face over and over and over. Yes, he has had an illustrious career — that was a star-maker for him, and what happened to me? Nobody cares.’

Other sources speaking to Rolling Stone, whom asked not to be identified, said they also met Fukunaga on film sets he had been directing, and described similar inappropriate behavior by the director

‘When I thought about him, I just wanted to vomit,’ one young woman who dated Fukunaga for a few months after meeting him on the set of one of his productions tells Rolling Stone. 

‘I remember feeling so good to be away from him, like this heavy weight on my shoulder was lifted and [I could] breathe again. He made me feel so claustrophobic and suffocating.’

No Time To Die director Fukunaga, pictured here with star Daniel Craig in April 2019, has been accused of inappropriate behavior by multiple other anonymous women he worked with in the past, recent reports reveal

Shortly after landing the No Time to Die gig, the director got heat for saying in an interview that Sean Connery’s version of Bond was ‘basically a rapist,’ referring to scene in 1965’s Thunderball in which Connery’s Bond forcibly kisses a nurse who spurned his advances 

A second young woman told the magazine she began seeing Fukunaga after they met on one of his sets. 

‘I just thought I was really crazy, because he treated me like trash towards the end,’ she said. 

‘I just became a really small, passive, quiet person, and I’m not usually like that.’

Fukunaga has since denied all of the aforementioned claims through his lawyer, who asserted in a statement Thursday: ‘There is nothing salacious about pursuing friendships or consensual romantic relationships with women.

‘He creates a work environment that is creative, collaborative and welcoming to all.’

In September 21, shortly after landing the No Time to Die gig, the director got heat for saying in an interview that Sean Connery’s version of Bond was ‘basically a rapist,’ referring to scene in 1965’s Thunderball in which Connery’s Bond forcibly kisses a nurse who spurned his advances.

‘Is it “Thunderball” or “Goldfinger” where, like, basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman?” Fukunaga asked the Hollywood Reporter in 2021.

‘She’s like “No, no, no,” and he’s like, “Yes, yes, yes,”‘ Fukunaga said at the time.

‘That wouldn’t fly today.’

No formal charges have been filed against Fukunaga at this time. He maintains that he is innocent.  

(From left) Billie Eilish, Rami Malek, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris pose for photographers upon their arrival for the world premiere of No Time To Die in London in September, Fukunaga, one of Hollywood’s youngest major directors and the first American Bond director, has denied the accusations against him

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