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Stranger Things’ creators the Duffer Brothers respond to allegations of verbal abuse on sets of Netflix show

The Duffer Brothers, creators of Netflix hit Stranger Things, have responded to accusations of verbal abuse on the sets of the show. Netflix also released their own statement on the matter.

tv Updated: Mar 13, 2018 09:40 IST
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Directors Ross Duffer and Matt Duffer arrive for the 2018 DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton.(AFP)

Brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of Netflix’s hit show, Stranger Things, on Monday responded to accusations made against them by an anonymous crew member. A person, who worked on the first two seasons of the science-fiction show, accused the Duffer Brothers, on Women’s Day, of being verbally abusive towards women on their set.

“We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set,” the brothers said Saturday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

Peyton Brown, who is credited as a member of the camera department on the show, wrote in an Instagram post that she would not be returning for season 3. This is her post: “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. Those are the people I want to surround myself with. Those are the projects I want to be a part of. This industry is no longer led by a ‘few good men,’ but instead by an OCEAN of ASTOUNDING WOMEN. Enough is enough. For my sisters- Time is up.”

Netflix offered their own statement on the matter. “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,” Netflix said.

A third season for the breakout hit was announced in December. Stranger Things has won five Emmy Awards and is often called one of the most popular original shows in Netflix’s ever expanding library.

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First Published: Mar 13, 2018 09:40 IST