Morgan Spurlock Admits to Harassment, Rape Allegation

Director verbally harassed female assistant, was accused of rape in college
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2017 3:03 AM CST
Morgan Spurlock Admits to Harassment, Rape Allegation
Morgan Spurlock attends the 11th Annual New York Television Festival in 2015.   (Photo by Ben Hider/Invision/AP, File)

"If I'm going to truly represent myself as someone who has built a career on finding the truth, then it's time for me to be truthful as well," writes documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock alongside what TMZ calls "a shocking list of confessions." In a Twitter post Wednesday titled "I am Part of the Problem," the 47-year-old Super Size Me director admits to sexual misconduct from his past, including a college accusation of rape. Spurlock says he and a woman got drunk and naked. "She said she didn't want to have sex, so we laid together, and talked, and kissed, and laughed, and then we started having sex," he writes. When she began to cry, Spurlock says he stopped and comforted her. "I believed she was feeling better. She believed she was raped." More recently, Spurlock says he paid off a female assistant, whom he called "hot pants" or "sex pants."

At the time, eight years ago, Spurlock says he thought the verbal harassment was "funny." Later, "[I] realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence." When the woman quit, Spurlock says she asked for a settlement to keep quiet, which he paid "so I could remain who I was." In light of a wave of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood, Spurlock—who also admits cheating on "every wife and girlfriend I have ever had"—wondered "when will they come for me?" But "by recognizing and openly admitting what I've done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself," he writes, per the BBC. "I will do better. I will be better. I believe we all can." In a tweet, he adds he's "seeking help." Some on Twitter are calling him "brave." Says another: "Getting ahead of the story doesn't absolve him.” (More sexual misconduct stories.)

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