James Bond director Cary Fukunaga has been accused of inappropriate on set behaviour by a number of young women.
Anonymous sources working on the production of the Masters of Air said the director engaged in “absolute, clear-cut abuse of power”, according to Rolling Stone.
James Bond director accused of inappropriate conduct
After wrapping up a scene on the up-coming Apple TV+ WWII miniseries, Fukunaga then stayed back to take photos of two background actresses.
Both were dressed as prostitutes from the 1940s – one had recently turned 18.
Fukunaga allegedly egged on the pair as they posed suggestively bent against a wall and then kneeling on the ground.
Two production sources who witnessed the interaction claimed Fukunaga crossed a professional line, using his position in ways that felt uncomfortable to those looking on.
Rolling Stone alleges the incident is part of pattern of inappropriate behaviour that concerned almost a dozen production crew.
Director denies wrongdoing
In response, Fukunaga issued a statement to Rolling Stone through his lawyer, stating he “takes pictures of actors – men and women, young and old – on his sets all of the time”.
“To imply anything improper about doing so is false and defamatory.
“There is nothing salacious about pursuing friendships or consensual romantic relationships with women.”
‘I just wanted to vomit’
Meanwhile, three women accused Fukunaga of misconduct earlier this month – one who met him on the set of a commercial and two sisters who met him on a TV set.
Another unidentified woman who reportedly dated Fukunaga after they met on set said a “heavy weight” was “lifted” after they parted ways.
“When I thought about him, I just wanted to vomit,” she said.
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‘Man’s a groomer’
The accusations come after 23-year-old actress and skateboarder Rachelle Vinberg recently alleged Fukunaga groomed her when he approached her at a skate park.
He allegedly asked her to audition for a Samsung commercial he was making.
She was 18 at the time, according to Rolling Stone.
In a statement, Fukunaga’s lawyer confirmed the director “had a very brief and consensual romantic relationship with [Vinberg] that has ended”.
He then suggested the skateboarder “clearly was not happy” with him since the split.
Meanwhile, Vinberg captioned a selfie on Instagram:
“I spent years being scared of him. Man’s a groomer and has been doing this sh*t for years. Beware, women.”
She later called the director out for his pro-choice Instagram Story following the Supreme Court draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“And it pisses me off ’cause he literally doesn’t care about women. He only traumatizes them. I’ve spoken to many girls. F**k you, Cary,” she wrote on her own Instagram Story.
James Bond more #MeToo
Fukunaga previously directed the most recent James Bond installment No Time To Die.
At the time, he told the Hollywood Reporter his version of the super spy would be more in line with the #MeToo movement.
“Is it Thunderball or Goldfinger where, like, basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman? She’s like ‘No, no, no,’ and he’s like, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ – That wouldn’t fly today.”
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