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12th Mar 2018

Netflix respond to allegations of abuse on the set of Stranger Things

Rory Cashin

The show’s creators also released a statement in response to the allegations.

Peytonn Brown, a grip who worked on the first seasons of the hit show, posted on Instagram that she would not be returning for the third season, claiming that there was a lot of abuse occurring on the set.

Brown had initially posted a few days earlier, but when comments began to be shared on the post with other sources claiming to have witnessed or suffered abuse on the set too, she deleted and then re-posted the statement, this time without the comments:

I guess there’s no better day than #nationalwomensday to say #timesup and announce that I will not be a part of the filming of Season 3 of Stranger Things. Why, you ask? Because I stand with my sisters. I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women. I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would.

I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP. Women in the film industry are POWERFUL. We will rise and we will scream from mountain tops in support of each other and I will not contribute my time, efforts, and talent to such abusive people.

There is too much going on in this world to be regressive. There are too many amazing and highly respected men in respective positions of power that I have had the utmost pleasure of working beside.

The creators of the show, Matt and Ross Duffer, released a statement in reaction:

“We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set. Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize. However, 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.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix found no evidence of any misconduct on the set, and the streaming service also released a statement in reaction to the allegations:

“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’s full Instagram statement can be viewed below: