Morgan Spurlock Sued Over Halted Project About Women’s Issues

Morgan Spurlock, who late last year admitted to sexual misconduct, is now being sued by a company that says a project about women’s issues was halted after the “Super Size Me” filmmaker made the admission.

In the suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in California, Turner Entertainment Networks says that it entered into a production services agreement with Spurlock’s production company Warrior Poets — also named as a defendant in the suit — for a project titled “Who Rules the World?” The project is described in the suit as “a series focused on issues facing women.”

However, the suit says, things went south in December 2017 when Spurlock “issued a public statement in which he confessed to sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and substance abuse and stepped down from his position at Warrior Poets.” The project was halted, according to the complaint, and “[c]ritical partners involved in the Project severed their relationship with Spurlock and Warrior Poets.”

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The suit says that the agreement called for funds provided for the project provided by Turner Entertainment Networks to be placed in a special bank account to be used solely for the project, and that Turner’s “repeated efforts to obtain the funds from Defendants have been met with radio silence.”

Alleging breach of written contract, the suit is seeking an order preventing the funds from being used for anything else, and ultimately for the funds to be returned to Turner.

TheWrap has reached out to representatives for Spurlock and Warrior Poets on the lawsuit.

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In December, Spurlock took to Twitter to divulge that he’d been accused of rape and to declare, “I’m part of the problem.”

In a lengthy post, the “Super Size Me” director wrote, “She believed she was raped.”

“As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’ Spurlock wrote, recalling an incident when he was in college.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Morgan Spurlock, who late last year admitted to sexual misconduct, is now being sued by a company that says a project about women’s issues was halted after the “Super Size Me” filmmaker made the admission.

In the suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in California, Turner Entertainment Networks says that it entered into a production services agreement with Spurlock’s production company Warrior Poets — also named as a defendant in the suit — for a project titled “Who Rules the World?” The project is described in the suit as “a series focused on issues facing women.”

However, the suit says, things went south in December 2017 when Spurlock “issued a public statement in which he confessed to sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and substance abuse and stepped down from his position at Warrior Poets.” The project was halted, according to the complaint, and “[c]ritical partners involved in the Project severed their relationship with Spurlock and Warrior Poets.”

The suit says that the agreement called for funds provided for the project provided by Turner Entertainment Networks to be placed in a special bank account to be used solely for the project, and that Turner’s “repeated efforts to obtain the funds from Defendants have been met with radio silence.”

Alleging breach of written contract, the suit is seeking an order preventing the funds from being used for anything else, and ultimately for the funds to be returned to Turner.

TheWrap has reached out to representatives for Spurlock and Warrior Poets on the lawsuit.

In December, Spurlock took to Twitter to divulge that he’d been accused of rape and to declare, “I’m part of the problem.”

In a lengthy post, the “Super Size Me” director wrote, “She believed she was raped.”

“As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’ Spurlock wrote, recalling an incident when he was in college.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets Production Company Described as ‘Fratty’ and ‘Inappropriate’ By Former Employees

In a new piece at Jezebel, seven former Warrior Poets employees sounded off on an environment that they found to be harassing and often inappropriate.

In the wake of Morgan Spurlock stepping down from his production company after taking to social media to confess to various allegations of sexual impropriety and inappropriate behavior, both the filmmaker and producer and his Warrior Poets production banner have come under fire. A new piece over on Jezebel alleges that Spurlock’s production company is one built on a “fratty, boys’ club” culture, and that they were party to various acts of harassment at the hands of both Spurlock and his long-time partner Jeremy Chilnick.

The outlet spoke with seven former Warrior Poets employees, all of whom preferred to remain anonymous because they are still working in the entertainment industry. Among their allegations are claims that “‘garish and gross’ nude paintings hung in the office, alcoholic drinks were pushed on employees whether they wanted them or not, and women’s appearances were frequently and openly commented on by both Spurlock and his COO Jeremy Chilnick.” The pair co-founded the New York–based production company in 2004.

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One former employee told Jezebel that, “When women would come in for meetings and they were conventionally attractive women, very dolled up, Jeremy and or Morgan would say after she left, ‘she gave good meeting.’…It was sexual in nature. They were talking about her appearance and, presumably, not what she offered.”

Another former employee said that obsession with sexuality also extended to projects the company was working on. They told Jezebel, “If you were making a film or TV show about a woman character they’d say like, oh, cut that shot of the fat woman. …I was making a film with them at one point and when I first got the notes from Jeremy for the all female characters, he said, you already have two fat characters, why don’t you just cut the other ones.”

While Spurlock was not available for comment, he has at least one defender, an employee who told Jezebel “she’s found Warrior Poets to be supportive to many women, despite the fact that ‘bro culture’ does exist at the top tier.”

The piece also includes mention of Spurlock’s unnamed former assistant, who he referred to in his official statement, sharing that he would call her “hot pants” in the office. “She was beautiful and talented but she was also an incredibly smart business woman and she wasn’t treated as a business woman. She was just treated as Morgan’s hot assistant,” said one former employee.

While Spurlock’s alleged behavior is a large part of the piece, it also levels numerous accusations against Chilnick. One former employee told Jezebel, “I have to say I had many more problems with Jeremy than I did with Morgan,” while another said, “It was so shocking when [Morgan’s statement] came out because everybody knows that Jeremy is the problem.” Chilnick is now co-running Warrior Poets with partner Matthew Galkin.

Allegations against Chilnick describe him as “a manager with inappropriate boundaries,” and at least three former employees shared stories about getting “unwanted neck massages” from the executive, in addition to receiving a barrage of inappropriate questions and comments. Author Hazel Cills writes, “It’s clear that Chilnick, who Spurlock employed for over a decade, is another individual that could use the producer’s newfound soul-searching.”

Chilnick responded to Jezebel with the following statement: “The negative statements and actions attributed to me are untrue. I have treated both the women and men I have worked with at Warrior Poets with the utmost respect and dignity. Our goal has been to create a work environment that is creative, inclusive, and always respectful.”

A spokesperson for Warrior Poets added, “Warrior Poets is aware of these allegations and takes them seriously. The company will be looking into the allegations and will deal with them in an appropriate manner.”

You can read the full Jezebel article right here.

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‘The Trade’: Warrior Poets Dropped As Producer Of Showtime Docuseries

Warrior Poets is no longer attached to The Trade, Showtime‘s upcoming five-episode docuseries, which will have its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, a source tells Deadline.
Warrior Poets, the New York-based production company founded by Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick, was co-producing the docu with Matthew Heineman’s Our Time Projects for Showtime. Word that the company is no longer involved with the project follows Spurlock being dropped as an execu…

Warrior Poets is no longer attached to The Trade, Showtime's upcoming five-episode docuseries, which will have its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, a source tells Deadline. Warrior Poets, the New York-based production company founded by Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick, was co-producing the docu with Matthew Heineman’s Our Time Projects for Showtime. Word that the company is no longer involved with the project follows Spurlock being dropped as an execu…

Morgan Spurlock’s Former Partners Pull ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’ from Sundance Film Festival

The filmmaker recently revealed that a former lover “believed she had been raped.”

One day after Morgan Spurlock resigned from the production company he co-founded following his disclosure that a woman “believed she had been raped” by the documentarian, his remaining partners have pulled his upcoming film from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

“Due to Morgan Spurlock stepping down from Warrior Poets, we the partners have decided that this is not the appropriate time for ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’ to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival,” wrote co-founder/partner Jeremy Chilnick and partner Matthew Galkin in a statement released December 15. “Therefore, we will be removing the documentary from the festival’s slate.”

The film first screened at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, where YouTube Red paid $3.5 million for the distribution rights. It chronicles Spurlock’s decision to open a fast food restaurant in Columbus, Ohio that sold only “hormone-free, antibiotic-free, cage-free, free-range, farm-raised, humanely raised 100 percent natural” chicken.

Spurlock, 47 — a 2005 Oscar nominee for this film’s predecessor, “Super Size Me” — wrote a blog post this week titled, “I am Part of the Problem.” In it, he explained that a fellow classmate at New York University, where he studied from 1989 to 1993, described their one night stand as a “rape” in a school writing assignment, and neglected to change Spurlock’s name. The incident resulted in “no charges or investigations.”

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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From Warrior Poets Following Confession That a Woman He Slept With ‘Believed She’d Been Raped’

He co-founded the production company with Jeremy Chilnick in 2004.

Morgan Spurlock is stepping down from Warrior Poets, the New York–based production company he co-founded with Jeremy Chilnick in 2004. The news follows a confessional post he wrote last night in which he revealed that a woman he slept with in college “believed she’d been raped” and that he now sees he’s “part of the problem.”

The company, which now lists Matthew Galkin as a partner alongside Spurlock and Chilnick, just released the following statement:

“On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.

“We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.

“Respectfully, Co-Founder & Partner Jeremy Chilnick and Partner Matthew Galkin”

Among Warrior Poets’ many documentary projects are “Freakonomics: The Movie,” “Knuckleball!,” “Rats,” and “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!,” which premiered in Toronto this September.

In his post, Spurlock says there were “no charges or investigations” stemming from the incident, which he considered consensual, but that the woman involved found it traumatic.

Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From His Production Company After Sexual Misconduct Admission

Morgan Spurlock has stepped down from the production company that he co-founded after admitting that he had once been accused of rape and had been guilty of sexual misconduct in the past.

In a statement issued Thursday, Warrior Poets partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin said, “On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.”

The duo continued, “We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.”

Also Read: Morgan Spurlock Recalls Accuser From His College Days: ‘She Believed She Was Raped’

Spurlock co-founded the company with Chilnick in 2004.

In Wednesday’s post, Spurlock divulged that he had been accused of rape after sleeping with a woman in college,

“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,” Spurlock wrote.

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“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,” the filmmaker continued.

Spurlock also divulged a sexual harassment allegation that he had settled. The incident, which occurred “around eight years ago,” wasn’t a “gropy feely harassment,” Spurlock said, but he said it was “just as bad.”

“I would call my female assistant ‘hot pants’ or ‘sex pants’ when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office,” Spurlock wrote. “Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.”

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Spurlock also admitted, “I have been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had.”

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Morgan Spurlock has stepped down from the production company that he co-founded after admitting that he had once been accused of rape and had been guilty of sexual misconduct in the past.

In a statement issued Thursday, Warrior Poets partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin said, “On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.”

The duo continued, “We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.”

Spurlock co-founded the company with Chilnick in 2004.

In Wednesday’s post, Spurlock divulged that he had been accused of rape after sleeping with a woman in college,

“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,” Spurlock wrote.

“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,” the filmmaker continued.

Spurlock also divulged a sexual harassment allegation that he had settled. The incident, which occurred “around eight years ago,” wasn’t a “gropy feely harassment,” Spurlock said, but he said it was “just as bad.”

“I would call my female assistant ‘hot pants’ or ‘sex pants’ when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office,” Spurlock wrote. “Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.”

Spurlock also admitted, “I have been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had.”

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