The Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Kevin Tsujihara has been forced to step down after an investigation was launched into allegations of sexual misconduct.CBS Newsreports that WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey released a statement where he announced that it was best for the company that Tsujihara step down, adding he “contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him.”
Tsujihara “acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the company’s leadership expectations and could impact the company’s ability to execute going forward,” Stankey added.
The 54-year-old CEO allegedly had an affair with British actress Charlotte Kirk and helped her get into numerous movies. The Hollywood Reporter initially reported that he promised acting roles in exchange for sex.
“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,” Kirk writes in one of the reported texts. “Are u going to help me like u said u would?”
Following the report, WarnerMedia said it would look into the claims. Tsujihara then addressed the claims via a statement,
“Over the past week and a half, I have been reflecting on how the attention of my past actions might impact the company’s future. After lengthy introspection, and discussions with (WarnerMedia CEO) John Stankey over the past week, we have decided that it is in Warner Bros’ best interest that I step down as Chairman and CEO,” he wrote. “It has become clear that my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company’s continued success.”