'Super Size Me' Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Pens Letter Admitting Sexual Misconduct
"I am part of the problem"
Published Dec 14, 2017Morgan Spurlock famously exposed himself to the world with his breakout documentary Super Size Me, and he's once again turned the Hollywood spotlight on himself in an open letter admitting sexual misconduct.
The director shared a lengthy post on Twitter, declaring: "I am part of the problem."
He said that in the wake of Hollywood heroes falling from grace, he wondered, "When will they come for me?"
He explained that he was accused of rape after hooking up with a girl in college, and although there were never any formal charges laid, the girl named him outright in a short story writing class. He described the situation as he saw it, claiming that they had begun fooling around and laughing, and despite her earlier claim that she didn't want to have sex, they started having sex. They stopped when she began to cry and he attempted to comfort her.
"I believed she was feeling better," he wrote. "She believed she was raped."
Spurlock also detailed a sexual harassment allegation that was brought against him approximately eight years ago in a workplace environment. He admitted that he would refer to his female assistant as "hot pants" or "sex pants" when calling across the office to her, and when she demanded a paid settlement in exchange for her silence, Spurlock agreed.
"It wasn't a gropy feely harassment," he wrote. "It was verbal, and it was just as bad."
He also owned up to years of infidelity with every wife and girlfriend he's ever had, expressing his regret for hurting them and admitting, "I have helped create a world of disrespect through my own actions."
Spurlock then revealed some of the deep-seated issues that may have influenced his past behaviour, detailing sexual abuse as a child, his father leaving his mother, starting to drink at age 13, and depression — but ultimately maintains, "I am part of the problem."
He concluded the letter by pledging to be part of the solution, as well.
"The only individual I have control over is me," he wrote. "So starting today, I'm going to be more honest with you and myself. I'm going to lay it all out in the open. Maybe that will be a start. Who knows. But I do know I've talked enough in my life ... I'm finally ready to listen."
Read the full letter below.
I am Part of the Problem— Morgan Spurlock (@MorganSpurlock) December 14, 2017