Further details have emerged about John Lasseter’s alleged conduct following the announcement of his six-month leave of absence from Disney Studios and Pixar Animation.
In a report on Deadline, sources say Lasseter’s behavior extended well beyond the ‘unwanted hugs’ hinted at in his statement. Rather it included uninvited kisses and stray hands on legs during staff meetings,
In fact the site claims there’s evidence Disney may have been aware of troubling behavior with a handler assigned to him at certain events to ensure he would not engage in inappropriate conduct with women or was left alone with them.
One such event reportedly involved obsessing over the young character actresses portraying Disney’s Fairies for a product line built around the character of Tinker Bell.
The report comes as both filmmaker David Yates and actress Angela Lansbury have come under fire for comments related to the recent controversies. Yates defended his choice of Johnny Depp for the role of the villain in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” in comments to EW.
Lansbury told Radio Times magazine: “We must sometimes take blame, women… I really do think that. Although it’s awful to say, we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped… Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be. There’s no excuse for that. And I think it will stop now – it will have to.”
Additionally Andrew Kreisberg, showrunner on The CW’s “The Flash” and an executive producer on all the CW DC shows, has now been fired by Warner Bros. TV Group. Kreisberg was suspended from his duties nearly three weeks ago with an investigation into the accusations of sexual harassment following soon after.