Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns Amid Allegations
By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter
March 18, 2019
Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara has resigned his position following allegations the studio head used his influence to get work for a young actress he had become sexually involved with, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.
"It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees and our partners for Kevin to step down as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.," WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said in a statement on Monday. "Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio's success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him. Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the Company's leadership expectations and could impact the Company's ability to execute going forward.
"The Company continues to work with a third-party law firm to complete its investigation with Mr. Tsujihara's cooperation."
The allegations stem from an article in The Hollywood Reporter that revealed alleged text messages between Tsujihara and British actress, Charlotte Kirk dating back to 2013. Kirk appeared in the 2016 Warner Bros. film "How to be Single" as well as "Ocean's 8."
On Monday, staff members at Warner Bros. received a memo from Tsujihara that said he had decided to step down upon reflecting "on how the attention on my past actions might impact the company's future" adding that "it has become clear that my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company's continued success. The hard work of everyone within our organization is truly admirable, and I won't let media attention on my past detract from all the great work the team is doing."
Tsujihara served as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment for six years. An interim leadership team is expected to be announced by Warner Bros. on Tuesday.
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