Sebastian Bear-McClard, Emily Ratajkowski’s Estranged Husband, Has Been Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By Several Women
Variety reports that Emily Ratajkowski’s movie producer ex, Sebastian Bear-McClard, isn’t just an alleged cheater. He’s also an alleged creep who’s being accused of sexual misconduct by three women. And I use “women” loosely, as one of them was 17 years old when she was allegedly targeted by Sebastian, now 42. Another was 18 and claims she once caught Sebastian messaging a 15-year-old girl. 31-year-old Emily has yet to comment on the allegations, but sources close to her tell Variety that she’s “not surprised.” Join the club!
Accuser #1 says she was 17 when Sebastian reached out to her on Instagram in 2016. Sebastian would’ve been around 35 years old. After messaging back and forth, Sebastian and Accuser #1, whom Variety describes as coming from an “impoverished background in New York,” met up at his Soho loft. He promised her a role in the Safdie Brothers’ movie, Good Time, and she was excited to meet the film’s star, Robert Pattinson. She was a fan of his from the Twilight movies. Here’s what happened next:
On the day of filming, she waited all day on the New York set for her scene to be called, unaware of what it entailed. By the time she made her way to a cramped room, she was naked, standing in front of nearly a dozen male cast and crew members including Josh and Benny Safdie. Instead of performing in a scene with Pattinson, she was paired with an actor who had recently been released from prison before being hired for the film.
According to a statement made by the young woman and obtained by Variety, she “was utterly stunned and felt terrified. My distress only worsened when out of nowhere, [an actor] whispered in my ear if ‘he could stick it in’ while the cameras rolled. I said ‘no.’”
Dear God. Accuser #1’s scene was cut from Good Time, but it was used in promo footage at Cannes. And studio A24 bought the film based on that footage. The girl was never paid for her involvement with the film; Sebastian just bought her cigarettes after the shoot. Not long after that, he and Accuser #1, still 17, began a sexual relationship that lasted two years. The age of consent in New York is 17. Anne Henry, the co-founder of an advocacy group for child actors, said, “everything is wrong about this situation,” and production “circumvented the entire safety structure of our industry” by hiring a minor off Instagram who didn’t know her rights.
Then there’s Accuser #2. She met Sebastian while he was producing Uncut Gems, also directed by the Safdie brothers. He was married to Emily at the time. Accuser #2 says he began grooming her on Instagram, using his position in the biz to make her big career promises. She says she eventually ended up at the apartment Sebastian shared with his wife. When they started kissing, “things escalated,” and then, without asking for her consent, he “inserted himself inside me without using a condom.” She also says he called her “retarded” and “kike,” but would always frame it as a “joke.” Accuser #2 goes on to accuse Sebastian of messaging a 15-year-old girl on Instagram. When she confronted him about it, he didn’t deny it. In fact, he laughed and seemed “please with himself.”
Accuser #3, who worked on several independent films as an intern and assistant, provided a statement that confirmed Sebastian “engaged in troubling behavior.” All three women’s statements were provided back in August as part of a legal dispute with Sebastian. He and Emily split up the month before that. A spokesperson for the Safdie brothers claims that the moment the filmmakers were made aware of Sebastian’s behavior last July, “they took immediate action and terminated him” from their shared production company, Elara Pictures. Yep, I’m sure they didn’t have a clue. The Safdies are currently in “private meditation” with Sebastian. Sebastian’s also involved in a contentious divorce with Emily. She wants sole custody of their son, Sylvester, who just turned 2. Methinks you won’t have much of a problem winning custody, Em. What. A. Creep.
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