Kevin Tsujihara to step down as Warner Bros. chairman, CEO
MUMBAI: Another high profile Hollywood executive has stepped down due to allegation of sexual harassment. WarnerMedia has announced that Kevin Tsujihara will step down as Warner Bros. Entertainment chairman, CEO.
“It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees and our partners for Kevin to step down as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.,” said WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey. “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.”
‘The Hollywood Reporter’ broke the story on 6 March 2019 that the studio head had engaged in a relationship with a then-21-year-old British actress, Charlotte Kirk, in 2013. Text messages featured in the piece revealed that the actress suggested she was entitled to movie roles in exchange for their romance. She had small parts in two Warner Bros. films: 2016’s ‘How to be Single’ and 2018’s ‘Ocean’s Eight’.
WarnerMedia said that it continues to work with a third-party law firm to complete its investigation with Tsujihara’s cooperation. The company is yet to name a successor for Tsujihara.