A new Hollywood scandal is in the news, thanks to text messages revealed by the Hollywood Reporter. The upshot: Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, 54, is accused of trying to improperly arrange roles for British actress Charlotte Kirk, with whom he was reportedly having a sexual relationship. A sample of exchanges:
- Kirk: “You’re very busy I know but when we were in that motel having sex u said u would help me and when u just ignore me like you’re doing now it makes me feel used," she wrote in 2015. "Are u going to help me like u said u would?”
- Tsujihara: “Sorry you feel that way. Richard will be reaching out to u tonight," he responded, referring to another studio exec.
- Tsujihara: “I don’t usually call about casting about these types of roles," he wrote to her in 2015 during another discussion of a TV role she had read for. "It’s fine, I just need to be careful.”
- Kirk: "Of course I understand. I know how we can be carful (sic) and make this work." When Tsujihara suggested finding a movie role instead, she said that would be "perfect."
Parent company WarnerMedia is looking into the allegations, reports CNN
, while both Tsujihara and Kirk deny any impropriety. Kirk has appeared in two Warner Bros. movies, How to Be Single
(2016) and Ocean's 8
(2018). THR says Australian billionaire James Packer first brought the two together, calling it the "opportunity of a lifetime for u" in a text to the then-21-year-old actress in 2013. She then met Tsujihara in a hotel and told Packer afterward that Tsujihara was "not very nice!" and interested only in having sex with her. Read the full story
, which also involves director Brett Ratner, who accused Kirk of extortion. (Read more WarnerMedia