Warner Bros. CEO out after investigation into sexual misconduct allegations

Warner Bros. CEO out after investigation into sexual misconduct allegations

The 54-year-old executive had an affair with actress Charlotte Kirk and helped her get roles in movies, according to a report in the Hollywood Reporter.

WarnerMedia said its investigation into the situation, carried out by a third-party law firm, was continuing.

"Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the company's leadership expectations and could impact the company's ability to execute going forward", said Stankey.

In a letter to staff on Monday, reported by Reuters, Mr Tsujihara did not address the matter.

Unnamed insiders tell Variety that 20th Century Fox Film chairman Stacey Snider is in consideration to replace Tsujihara on a full-time basis. "The hard work of everyone within our organization is truly admirable, and I won't let media attention on my past detract from all the great work the team is doing".

Tsujihara, who has a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Stanford University, was appointed to lead the studio in 2013 after years working on the home-entertainment side of the business.

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On March 6 The Hollywood Reporter dropped a bombshell report in which it's revealed that Tsujihara was having sex with actress Charlotte Kirk, and connecting her with audition opportunities in return.

In 2016 she appeared in the film How to Be Single, and two years later popped up in the hotly anticipated Ocean's 8. She has denied any inappropriate behavior on the part of Tsujihara or two other executives, Brett Ratner and James Packer, who she communicated with.

WarnerMedia said it was yet to name a successor for Mr Tsujihara and declined to comment on a severance package.

"I don't usually call about casting about these types of roles", Tsujihara wrote to Kirk in one of the texts obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Tsujhara responded, "Richard will be reaching out to u tonight", referring to Richard Brener, president of Warner Bros.' New Line label. Warner Bros. was then finalizing a $450-million co-financing deal with Packer and Brett Ratner, the director-producer. CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves was pushed out after numerous women accused him of sexual harassment.

John Stankey, head of the company's WarnerMedia, announced Tsujihara's departure on Monday, saying the disgraced executive put the company at risk.

Of course, Tsujihara's impact is widespread, but in terms of genre films, he was instrumental in the current course of the DC film universe and is also credited with courting J.K. Rowling for the Fantastic Beasts films, so it's clear he's had quite the big role even recently.

"I also want to thank all of our employees, particularly the teams at Warner Bros., for your patience and honesty, and we will continue to lean on your collective resiliency, dedication and professionalism as we chart a new path for our company together".

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