One Direction Doc Director Morgan Spurlock Confesses to Sexual Misconduct
Hollywood is crumbling at an alarming rate. Ever since word got out about Harvey Weinstein‘s despicable behavior — from harassment to rape — with multiple women, more and more stories of sexual misconduct have made headlines. Actors, singers, comedians, producers, directors — men from all positions of power have been rightfully on the chopping block over the past few months.
So, rather than wait for sh*t to hit the fan, one particular director confessed to his crimes all on his own; that director is Morgan Spurlock, the one at the helm of the 2013 documentary One Direction: This is Us.
The 47-year-old documentary filmmaker, who’s best known for his 2004 doc, Super Size Me, which examines the influence of the fast food industry (mainly McDonald’s), published a TwitLonger titled “I am Part of the Problem,” admitting to multiple wrongdoings, including infidelity, reported harassment and rape. He notes that he was sexually abused as a boy, and then again as a teenager, but doesn’t know if that’s why he acts the way he does. Nevertheless, he knows that he is “part of the problem.”
“When I was in college, a girl who I hooked up with on a one night stand accused me of rape,” he writes… but that’s not how he remembered it. “In my mind, we’d been drinking all night and went back to my room. We began fooling around, she pushed me off, then we laid in the bed and talked and laughed some more, and then began fooling around again. We took off our clothes. She said she didn’t want to have sex, so we laid together, and talked, and kissed, and laughed, and then we started having sex.”
He continues, “‘Light bright. That kids toy, that’s all I can see and think about,’ she said… and then she started to cry. I didn’t know what to do. We stopped having sex and I rolled beside her. I tried to comfort her. To make her feel better. I thought I was doing ok, I believed she was feeling better. She believed she was raped.”
“Then there was the time I settled a sexual harassment allegation at my office,” he admits in a separate story. “I would call my female assistant ‘hot pants’ or ‘sex pants’ when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office. Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.”
“And then there’s the infidelity,” he later confesses. “I have been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had. Over the years, I would look each of them in the eye and proclaim my love and then have sex with other people behind their backs.” His current wife is Sara Bernstein, Senior Vice President of HBO’s documentary arm; the two got married in 2016 after dating for eight years.
He knows he’s a part of the problem, but also claims to be part of the solution. “By recognizing and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself,” he concludes. “We should all find the courage to admit we’re at fault.”
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