The Hollywood Purge Hits Disney

Disney's John Lasseter has taken a voluntary leave of absence after The Hollywood Reporter published an exclusive.

The Hollywood/media/political firestorm has reached a new level, with Disney/Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter announcing a voluntary leave of absence, CNN reported Tuesday.

"It's never easy to face your missteps, but it's the only way to learn from them. As a result, I've been giving a lot of thought to the leader I am today compared to the mentor, advocate and champion I want to be. It's been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent," he wrote.

Lasseter added that he wanted apologize to "anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form."

"No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected," he added.

According to Lasseter, he and Disney have agreed to "take some time away to reflect on how to move forward from here."

The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday published an exclusive takedown documenting "Lasseter's pattern of alleged misconduct detailed by Disney/Pixar insiders."

One longtime Pixar employee says Lasseter, who is well-known for hugging employees and others in the entertainment community, was also known by insiders for "grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes." Multiple sources say Lasseter is known to drink heavily at company social events such as premiere parties, but this source says the behavior was not always confined to such settings.

These allegations are more than vaguely familiar. It seems there are a lot of "grabby, kissy" executives in Hollywood. Apparently, there have always been.

Lasseter is only the latest in what has become a bona fide purge of Hollywood and media. I can't say it's a bad thing. But all wildfires burn out, and the question is, will the change be sustainable, or will it simply lead to a more transparent kind of debauchery?

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DrJeffreyP
DrJeffreyP

And, his apology and leave of absence is the same-o, same-o. He'll return at some point, no different. No better.

old_Texas_cowgirl
old_Texas_cowgirl

KathyC is SO right. I'm 80, worked in offices from age12 to 62 I've had only one boss "chase me around the desk" and my big mean-looking loving husband came in wearing work boots and told him what for and solved the problem for me. But I've also seen women haul off and slap an offending man, solving the problem for themselves, and more to the point I've seen women wagging their butts toward alpha males to get promotions, special consideration, gifts, and who knows what else. I believe there are just as many female "predators" as male ones, and a lot of liars of both sexes.

Steve Berman
Steve Berman

Editor

@NCMike that’s an excellent question.

Steve Berman
Steve Berman

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@GenEarly First warning. Don’t post links to alt-right garbage or you’ll be booted. There won’t be a second warning.

Bear8
Bear8

5thTexan, my comment was response to MCMike, not yours!

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