Stranger Things Creators Apologize After Being Accused of Verbal Abuse on Set

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Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, better known as the Duffer Brothers, became household names after their creation, Stranger Things, completely took over Hollywood in 2016. Ross faced some controversy back in November after admitting that he pressured 15-year-old Sadie Sink, who plays Max on the Netflix hit, to have her first kiss on camera even though she openly said she was uncomfortable.

The teen said the smooch between her character and Lucas was originally “not written in the script,” so she got really “stressed out” when she found out the creator wanted it to happen when the cameras were rolling.

RD responded, “You reacted so strongly to this — I was just joking — and you were just so freaked out that I was like, ‘Well I gotta make her do it now.’ That’s what happened. That’s why it’s your fault.”

The controversy didn’t end there, however, as just last week a female ST crew member named Peyton Brown said she “personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on [the Stranger Things] set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women.” While she didn’t name the Duffer Brothers specifically, it was quickly assumed that they are who she was referencing.

I guess there’s no better day than #nationalwomensday to say #timesup and announce that I will not be a part of the filming of Season 3 of Stranger Things. Why, you ask? Because I stand with my sisters. I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women. I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP. Women in the film industry are POWERFUL. We will rise and we will scream from mountain tops in support of each other and I will not contribute my time, efforts, and talent to such abusive people. There is too much going on in this world to be regressive. There are too many amazing and highly respected men in respective positions of power that I have had the utmost pleasure of working beside. Those are the people I want to surround myself with. Those are the projects I want to be a part of. This industry is no longer led by a “few good men,” but instead by an OCEAN of ASTOUNDING WOMEN. Enough is enough. For my sisters- Time is up. #timesup #theabusestopsnow #ontobiggerandbetter #standupforwhatsright #womenempowerment #ladygrip #sisterhood #iatsesisters #wewillbeheard #thispicsaysitall

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While Netflix looked into Peyton’s claims and “found no wrongdoing,” the 34-year-old twins still released a statement and apologized for causing someone to feel “uncomfortable” on set.

“We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set,” she statement reads. “Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize. However, we think it is important not to mischaracterize our set, where we believe strongly in treating everyone fairly regardless of gender, orientation, race, religion, or anything else. We remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions.”

Stranger Things script supervisor Lori Grabowski and assistant property master Laura Petralia have since chimed in to back Peyton’s story that the bros were verbally abusive on set.