THE CEO of Warner Bros is to step down following allegations that had an affair with a young British actress, it emerged yesterday .
Married Kevin Tsujihara, 54, was accused of bedding Kent-born star Charlotte Kirk, 26, and promising film roles in a sex-for-roles Hollywood scandal.
Married Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara has stepped down after being accused of having an affair with a British actress[/caption]
Mr Tsujihara, 54, was accused of bedding actress Charlotte Kirk, 26 in a sex-for-roles exchange[/caption]
She was eventually cast in the 2018 caper film ‘Ocean’s 8’ as well as the 2016 romantic comedy ‘How to Be Single’.
Two weeks ago, Warner Bros said it would be launching an investigation into Tsujihara and yesterday it revealed he was out.
WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said yesterday: “It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros, our employees and our partners for Kevin to step down as chairman and CEO.
“Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him.
“Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the company’s leadership expectations and could impact the company’s ability to execute going forward.”
Details of text messages sent between Tsujihara and Ms Kirk were first released by the Hollywood Reporter two weeks ago.
‘YOU SAID YOU WOULD HELP ME’
It included apparent requests from the aspiring actress to the mogul for help in securing film roles – after romping together.
One reported text said: “You’re very busy I know but when we were in that motel having sex u said u would help me and when u just ignore me like you’re doing now it makes me feel used.
“Are u going to help me like u said u would?”
The pair were said to have been introduced in Los Angeles in 2013 by Australian billionaire James Packer, who Ms Kirk briefly dated.
Packer and his business partner Brett Ratner, who has previously been accused of sexual misconduct, were close to a deal with Warner Bros at the time for their production company.
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Ms Kirk, now back in London, told on the weekend how she did not think that any of the men involved had done anything wrong.
She said: “It was not casting-couch sex. Kevin might have thought I was on his casting couch but my sense of self-worth is such that I thought I was just having sex with a man I fancied.
“Hollywood pivots on helpful friends.”
One text reportedly sent by Ms Kirk read: ‘are u going to help me like u said u would’[/caption]
Warner Bros said Mr Tsujihara had ‘contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years’[/caption]
Ms Kirk has insisted their relationship ‘was not casting couch sex’[/caption]
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