“Stranger Things” creators Matt and Ross Duffer have strongly denied a crew member’s claim that she witnessed abuse by the brothers on the set of the Netflix series.
Peyton Brown, a grip for the show, wrote on Instagram that she would not return on production of the third season and alleges it was a hostile work environment for women. She didn’t name names, but she did say she “personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women.”
A spokesman for Netflix said it looked into the allegation and found nothing wrong: “We looked into the concern that was raised when we heard of the allegation on Thursday, and found no wrongdoing. Maintaining a safe, respectful atmosphere on set is important to us, and we know it is to the Duffer Brothers as well.”
Brown later deleted her Instagram post and reposted it without comments, but a screenshot of the original post is up at ET Canada. The Duffer brothers responded in a statement saying:
“We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set, We think it is important not to mischaracterize our set, where we believe strongly in treating everyone fairly regardless of gender, orientation, race, religion, or anything else. We remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions.”
“Stranger Things” returns with a third season in early 2019 with production about to get underway.