Andy Signore, creator of Screen Junkies and its famed ‘Honest Trailers’ series, has been fired effective immediately following in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment and at least one of sexual assault.
Defy Media suspended Signore last Friday pending its investigation into the allegations and announced his termination just few hours after the Weinstein Company board ousted Harvey Weinstein for sexual misconduct that reportedly spanned decades.
Indeed it was the reporting on the Weinstein case, which has made national news, that led to one of Signore’s accusers coming forward with her account. Here’s Defy’s full statement:
“Defy Media and Screen Junkies have today terminated Andy Signore’s employment, effective immediately. There is simply no justification for this egregious and intolerable behavior.
In August, Defy’s HR team was made aware of allegations made against Andy, at which time an investigation was launched. On Friday, new information became available and the scope and magnitude of his inappropriate actions became apparent.
We are acting swiftly to address the concerns of the people affected, and that going forward, our community is free of harassment or discrimination of any kind.
Our Screen Junkies colleagues and freelancers are a team of remarkable creators serving loyal fans and we will support and protect them. If anyone else is aware of behavior of this type, we would encourage them to bring it to our attention.
The stories follow in the wake of last month’s sexual assault controversy involving Ain’t It Cool News creator Harry Knowles.