Stranger Things Creators Respond to Accusations of Verbally Abusing Women on Set
One of Netflix's hottest TV series is making headlines once again, but not for the reason you'd expect.
This week, a female crew member from Stranger Things announced on social media that she would not be working on the third season of the Emmy-nominated show due to behaviors she saw on set. According to Peyton Brown's Instagram post, she "personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women."
In the comments, Brown confirmed that she was, in fact, referring to the show's creators, Matt and Ross Duffer. According to Page Six, she explained that "there was yelling, there were insults, there were threats and people even fired or forced to quit because of them."
Brown went on to write that she "will not contribute my time, efforts, and talent to such abusive people."
The Duffer brothers were quick to respond to these allegations, writing in a statement to Entertainment Tonight that they were "deeply upset" to hear cast members were uncomfortable in the work environment and admitting that "tempers occasionally get frayed."
"We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set," the creators wrote. "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," they continued. "We remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions."
Netflix also released a statement regarding the claims, saying they looked into the allegations and found no evidence of wrongdoing.
"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," the company told ET.
The hit TV series, which has captured the hearts of binge-watchers everywhere, is schedule to return for a third season in 2019.