Stranger Things directors Matt and Ross Duffer issue statement following accusations of verbal abuse against female crew

The directors were accused of doling out verbal abuse to many of the women crewmembers on the sets of Stranger Things. The driectors have apologized saying that it could be because of the 'hgh-stress nature of production'.

Stranger Things directors Matt and Ross Duffer issue statement following accusations of verbal abuse against female crew

'Stranger Things' directors Matt and Ross Duffer have responded to the abuse claims that were made by a former crew member of the series. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the directors expressed their concern: "We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set. Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize," 

The statement was issued following an Instagram post by an alleged former crewmember, Peyton Brown, claiming the directors regularly doled out verbal abuse to many of the women crewmembers that were working on set. 

The accuser posted this image along with a caption calling for women in the industry to unite. Source: Instagram
The accuser posted this image along with a caption calling for women in the industry to unite. Source: Instagram

The post was shared on National Women's Day. Peyton announced that she would not be a part of the season 3 filming of 'Stranger Things' following the verbal attack of women on set by 'two men in high positions of power'. Peyton called for all her followers to share her message as widely as possible as a part of the #TimesUp movement. 

Even though she doesn't directly mention the directors, Peyton did end up mentioning their names in the comments section. She soon disabled the comments to the thread. 

Matt and Ross Duffer immediately issued a statement that extended an apology for an industry misunderstanding. "We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set. Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize. However, we think it is important not to mischaracterize our set, where 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." the brothers said. 

The 'Stranger Things' showrunners immediately issued a statement to dismiss any misunderstanding because the show involves child actors and the accusations can put a dent in the show's production. Netflix added their own response: "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.”

Netflix previously fired Kevin Spacey form his star role in 'House of Cards' over sexual assault allegations made by Anthony Rapp. The streaming service followed the same routine with Danny Masterson following claims of sexual assault. 

'Stranger Things' is yet to confirm its third season's release date. 

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