Kevin Tsujihara has resigned as chairman-CEO of Warner Bros. Pictures following an investigation into his relationship with actress Charlotte Kirk.
The investigation began following a feature piece in The Hollywood Reporter was published detailing the alleged extramarital affair between the married Tsujihara and British actress Charlotte Kirk in 2013. Tsujihara was accused of using his power as studio chief to help get her hired on Warners-affiliated projects.
Kirk is on record as saying she was not a victim and the relationship was consensual. She has been accused of trying to leverage her sexual relationship with Tsujihara as pressure to help find her acting roles.
Tsujihara had headed the studio since early 2013, taking over when CEO Barry Meyer and chairman Alan Horn departed (Horn is now chairman at Disney). Tsujihara has been with Warners since 1994 and just recently saw his power expand with him assuming oversight of Cartoon Network, TCM and more due to AT&T’s restructuring of WarnerMedia’s assets.
In a statement, Tsujihara says: “my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company’s continued success. The hard work of everyone within our organization is truly admirable, and I won’t let media attention on my past detract from all the great work the team is doing.”
WarnerMedia is expected to unveil an interim leadership team tomorrow. They also say their investigation into allegations of misconduct against Tsujihara is continuing, with his cooperation.