Earlier this monthseveral women accused no time to die director Cary Fukunaga to “prepare” the young women, with one saying there are “a lot of people” who work closely with him and “know he’s a predator” and that ” they all talk about it among themselves behind his back” but don’t do anything about it.
Today, a new report published by rolling stone sheds new light on this accusation, with “nearly a dozen” sources who have worked on film and television productions with Fukunaga saying he uses his sets “as an opportunity to meet younger women and openly pursue multiple female cast and crew members at once.” A crew member said her behavior ‘borders on workplace harassment’ and she fears ‘her career was in jeopardy’ when she turned him down and ‘he wouldn’t understand the ‘hint’.
rolling stone says that even those “who ended up having a romantic relationship or even a friendship” with Fukunaga “eventually walked away feeling confused, gassed, or manipulated,” says the director’s attorney rolling stone that he “befriended men and women, young and old” on his sets. The lawyer also said that “there is nothing salacious about pursuing consensual friendships or romantic relationships with women” and that “no one has ever, not once” expressed concerns about the how Fukunaga behaves on set.
Yet the rolling stone The story cites several accounts of different women who all have similar stories, saying he will give “special attention” to specific young women on set, offer to get them a tattoo (the lawyer notes that he is a “talented ‘stick and push’ tattoo artist” and that many men and women have asked him for tattoos), then he will fall into “an overall dynamic of hot and cold”. At least one woman who spoke with rolling stone said she was ‘intimate’ with Fukunaga while working on ‘a recent project’ with him and acknowledged it was ‘complicated’, but that’s only by seeing other women’s stories which resemble “a perfectly journaled diary” of her own experience that she decided was a “process of manipulation and reflection”.
Other sources say they noticed Fukunaga’s “intensity” when speaking with younger women, noting it was “disturbing” or “frightening” or “disturbing”, but it is said that “a lot of us didn’t really think of it as a big deal” at the time. Also, while most sources rolling stone mentions chose to remain anonymous, the one who went public with their statements about Fukunaga is former writing partner Nick Cuse, who now says Fukunaga is the “worst human being” he’s ever met and that Fukunaga is “awful” for people who aren’t celebrities.
Cuse and other sources who are sharing allegations now apparently do so specifically because no one had said anything publicly before, with one saying that “if he’s the one who’s slightly perverted and makes people feel bad comfortable,” so he “needs to be in the open” for people to learn. Another, a woman who dated Fukunaga, says she doesn’t think she was “personally abused” by him, but that she did witnessed behavior on his part that “reflects and corroborates” what the accusers have said.
The rolling stone piece has more accusations and reactions from people who have worked on Fukunaga projects (as well as, it must be said, more specific denials from Fukunaga and his lawyer).