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The legendary artistic director of the animation studio of Disney, John Lasseter, is the latest big name caught up in the wave of sex scandals that has swept across Hollywood and the entire american public life since the beginning of the case, Weinstein.
The one who is credited for having revived Disney, today at the forefront of animation film, has announced on Tuesday that he would take a leave of six months after inappropriate behaviour towards employees of the company.
In a press release internal, sent by Disney to the AFP, the director of Toy Story (1995) and Cars (2006) has apologized to “anyone who has ever received a hug in non-consensual or any other act that crossed the boundaries, in any form whatsoever” on his part.
It also recognizes “have failed” to inspire a culture of “trust and respect” in its studios. “I recently had a lot of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me. This is never easy to face up to its wrong “, he said.
The creative director of studios Disney and Pixar said to have agreed to take a sabbatical of six months to “reflect on the way forward” and ” start taking better care of [him] “.
A spokesman for Disney, for its part, assured the AFP that the company agrees ” to maintain a work environment in which all employees are respected and have the ability to give the best of themselves “.
“We appreciate the sincerity of John, and his apology “, she added.
Advances not desired
The magazine specializing in the film industry with The Hollywood Reporter, citing multiple anonymous sources, described a ” pattern of alleged inappropriate behaviour [on the part of Lasseter] detailed by inside sources at Disney and Pixar “.
A source employed by Pixar told the Hollywood Reporter that Lasseter was known for the ” catch, kiss, make comments on physical attributes “.
The magazine writes that “of advances and unwanted” to the actress Rashida Jones, who has contributed to the scenario of Toy Story 4, have led to his departure from the project earlier than expected, even if a source of the studio attributed it to ” differences in creative “.
Another source tells that ” if it was a hug you whispered in the ear for a long time “. “You confronted again and again and everyone looked at you,” adds the same source.
Others say he was still trying to put his hands on the legs of its staff.
Lasseter, solid build, great look man, and known for its collection of hawaiian shirts, played a crucial role in the recovery of the animation studio to Disney in the early 2000’s, which seemed so dangerously losing speed.
Toy Story, directed by Lasseter and released in 1995, was the first feature-length film animated by computer, a technique which became the standard thereafter. Since its release, the Pixar studio has earned thirteen Oscar and became a subsidiary of the Walt Disney group.
Under the guidance of Lasseter, Disney has accumulated ten movies with highest revenue in its history, at the head of which The snow Queen (2013), a true phenomenon, or even Rapunzel (2010), The World of Dory (2016), etc
Wave of revelations
The announcement of his departure on leave following an avalanche of complaints concerning allegations of varying gravity, against many figures from the entertainment and politics, among others.
It all started in early October with the revelations of the New York Times and the New Yorker on the producer Harvey Weinstein, who is accused by a hundred women of sexual harassment, assault or rape. The filmmakers Brett Ratner and James Toback, the actors Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor, are among the other names implicated.
Monday, it is the famous television journalist Charlie Rose, who has been sacked from tv shows that he hosted on PBS, and CBS in particular, after having been accused of harassment and touching. He said he was ” extremely embarrassed “.
In politics, the legendary figures of the democratic party of John Conyers or Al Franken are respectively accused of sexual harassment and a kiss forced. Republican Roy Moore is accused of sexual assault on a minor.