Duffer Brothers Apologize After Verbal Abuse Allegations Against Women on 'Stranger Things' Set
In an Instagram post, former Stranger Things employee Peyton Brown accused the Duffer Brothers of yelling at and threatening their female staffers, allegedly forcing some to quit the production.
"I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women," she wrote. "I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. TIME IS UP."
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
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the Duffer brothers apologized for letting their tempers get the best of them while shooting. They said they were "deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set," adding that due to the "high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize."
That said, the brothers fought back against claims that they were unfairly targeting women on the set.
"We think it is important not to mischaracterize our set.... 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."
Netflix also released a statement about the allegations, saying, "We looked into the concern that was raised when we heard of the allegation on Thursday, and found no wrongdoing. Maintaining a safe, respectful atmosphere on set is important to us, and we know it is to the Duffer brothers as well."