Rolling Stone Claims Director Cary Fukunaga Abuses His Power On Film Sets To Creep On Younger Actresses
Well, whatever moisture-triggering goodwill Cary Fukunaga’s presence was able to achieve back in the day has quickly evolved into a whole lot of allegations that could quickly send any horny feelings packing fast. Rolling Stone published an exposé that paints a picture of what Cary is like as a director. And let’s just say, there are no glowing reviews coming from some of the younger women that have been present on a Cary Fukunaga set. Rolling Stone came through with almost a dozen sources claiming that Cary is allegedly no stranger to pulling some directorial power imbalance grossness with cast and crew members.
According to Rolling Stone’s profile, 44-year-old Cary could get a part-time job waving down false starts at a Formula One race, because his behavior on set is one giant red flag. Many of the allegations stem from Cary’s work on Apple TV’s WW2 miniseries Masters of the Air. According to a bunch of sources that spoke with Rolling Stone, Cary was a master of creeping everyone out on the ground, due to his frequent line-crossing interactions with younger actresses and crew members. For example, one source claims that after wrapping a scene featuring two of the main characters, Cary decided to take some pictures for wardrobe continuity. Except that that’s usually the wardrobe department’s job. And, that Cary only wanted pictures of two particular people: two background actresses (one of which who just turned 18) that were dressed as 1940s sex workers, and only them.
To the two production sources who watched the 10-minute interaction unfold, Fukunaga crossed a professional line, using his position in ways that felt uncomfortable to those looking on.
“That was my first gut check,” the source recalls. “It was way past the line. There’s no sort of argument … that it is OK in any way. It’s an absolute, clear-cut abuse of power.”
A dozen production sources came forward and spoke to Rolling Stone about what they allegedly saw while working with Cary, who recently directed the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die. Some of the sources come from projects that took place over the past six years, like one crew member who claims Cary’s behavior bordered on “workplace harassment,” and that the general vibe was that her job was in jeopardy if she turned Cary down. Another source claims that she missed out on a work opportunity because Cary allegedly decided to ask her out on a date instead of hiring her. And it doesn’t sound like things went well for anyone who gave into the pressure either.
Those who did end up having a romantic relationship or even a friendship with Fukunaga claim they ultimately walked away feeling confused, gaslighted, or manipulated.
Cary’s attorney offered up a response to that, saying that Cary has “befriended” women and men, both “young and old.” His attorney denies the two claims by the sources that allege Cary cornered them for dates. As for the pictures of those two old-timey sex workers? Cary’s attorney says Cary takes pictures of people, both “young and old” all the time on set, and to imply he was singling out young women in an improper way is “false and defamatory.” Sure. But Rolling Stone’s report is actually the second round of creeper allegations to plague Cary’s career.
The [photograph] incident was part of a pattern of Fukunaga’s behavior that concerned nearly a dozen production sources who spoke to Rolling Stone after the acclaimed 44-year-old director was accused of misconduct earlier this month by three women: one who met Fukunaga on the set of a commercial and two sisters who met him on a TV set. (Each of these sources requested anonymity, citing fear of harming their careers and breaching NDAs.)
Or actress Rachelle Vinberg, who has detailed her own experience with Cary in a series of Instagram Stories, in an attempt to warn other young women (stories which she has saved to the saved stories bar at the top of her profile, titled Cary part 1 and Cary part 2).
"Va de aliado y va llamando a las mujeres "putas". "Lo peor es que no lo ve, se cree buena gente". "El tipo se va camelando a las chicas premeditadamente y lleva años haciendo esta mierda. Mujeres, tened cuidado", dijo la actriz Rachelle Vinberg en Instagram. pic.twitter.com/410P5mzDBQ
— Danda (@Dandastur) May 31, 2022
Several young women told Rolling Stone that after they agreed to date Cary after being allegedly propositioned on set, they felt “suffocated” and “claustrophobic.” Cary’s attorney addressed the allegations that he was using work as his own personal version of Tinder, saying that there’s “nothing salacious” about “pursuing friendships or consensual romantic relationships with women.” But sources claim that despite feeling deeply uncomfortable with Cary’s alleged advances, they felt like they were in no position to speak up about what was reportedly happening on set.
At the very least, I would like to hear Cary’s attorney try to spin Rachelle’s claim that Cary allegedly tried to cover his ass by asking Rachelle (who was under 21 at the time) to pretend she was his relative.
The pair hung out multiple times, according to photos Vinberg posted, and when in the company of others, the actress claimed in her post that Fukunaga asked her to pretend that she was his relative…“It had to be a secret because it would look bad for him, because people wouldn’t understand, because it would make him look like a predator,” she said on Instagram.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that a boundary has officially been crossed when a date begins with the words, “Okay, so if anyone asks, you’re my second cousin once removed on my dad’s side, and if you want to add some convincing character backstory about Christmas dinners at Grandma’s house, we always had a honey-glazed ham, not turkey.”