The fallout continues in the wake of Morgan Spurlock's confession that he was involved in a college incident in which the other party claimed rape and had settled a sexual harassment charge by a former employee.
The Oscar-nominated documentarian was poised to bring the film The Devil We Know to the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. But the filmmakers behind the Stephanie Soechtig-helmed exposé of mega-corporation DuPont and the environmental hazards caused by the manufacture of its Teflon product moved quickly to extricate Morgan's name from the documentary, which is screening in the U.S. Documentary Competition.
"In light of Morgan's recent revelations, we agreed to end his association with The Devil We Know," said the film's producer Kristin Lazure. "Right now, our priority is ensuring nothing distracts from the extraordinary people who shared their stories with us and the important issue at the heart of this film: the lack of oversight when it comes to our exposure to toxic chemicals."
The move comes 24 hours after Spurlock stepped down from his New York-based production company Warrior Poets, which has a staff of some 20 full-time employees and is a major feeder of documentary film and TV for such networks as History Channel and CNN.
In his Wednesday Twitter post, Spurlock detailed multiple past encounters, including a sex in college that ended with his female partner claiming rape and an incident with a former female employee who he referred to as "hot pants" and "sex pants."
Sources say everyone in Spurlock's orbit - including filmmakers and networks he is in business with - was blindsided by the post and began scrambling to distance themselves. But the biggest question looming is what happens now to the fate of Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! That film, which marks a follow up to Spurlock's Oscar-nominated Super Size Me, sold to YouTube Red at the Toronto Film Festival in September for $3.5 million. The documentary, which features Spurlock as the onscreen narrator and prominent presence in the marketing campaign, was poised to screen at the Berlin Film Festival in February and be released on YouTube's platform in March. All of that remains in doubt now, while deal-makers are exploring their options of voiding the contract or selling the film back to Spurlock, insiders say.
The film had marked the biggest acquisition yet for YouTube Red and was an extraordinary figure paid for a documentary.
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