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14th Dec 2017

US filmmaker Morgan Spurlock admits to sexual misconduct and rape accusations

Tony Cuddihy

The director of Super Size Me has admitted to history of sexual misconduct.

Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker behind the massive hit Super Size Me and Where In The World Is Osama bin Laden?, has admitted to a history of sexual misconduct and rape accusations.

In a TwitLonger post titled ‘I am Part of the Problem’, the 47-year-old revealed how he had cheated on every wife and girlfriend he had ever had and admitted, in the wake of a deluge of allegations against the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman among many others, that, “As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realisation of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?'”

Spurlock admitted he had been accused of rape at college, although it never led to formal charges.

He also admitted to the sexual harassment of a former female employee.

“It wasn’t a gropy, feely harassment. It was verbal, and it was just as bad,” he wrote.

“I would call my female assistant ‘hot pants’ or ‘sex pants’ when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office. Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realised I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.”

He revealed that he paid the woman a settlement in return for her silence.

“Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course I paid,” he said.

“I paid for peace of mind. I paid for her silence and co-operation. Most of all, I paid so I could remain who I was.”

Spurlock revealed that he had suffered abuse as a child and that he had a problem with alcohol.

“I haven’t been sober for more than a week in 30 years, something our society doesn’t shun or condemn but which only served to fill the emotional hole inside me and the daily depression I coped with,” he wrote.

He admitted to being, “part of the problem. We all are.

“But I am also part of the solution. By recognizing and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself. We should all find the courage to admit we’re at fault.”