Star of 'Supersize Me' writes letter detailing his own history of sexual misconduct
Over the last two months it has become unfortunately common to hear disturbing stories of sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault coming out from Hollywood. As both women and men come forward with allegations against giants of the industry, we have seen all kinds of responses. Mostly, the accused will deny all claims, but there are some who claim to not remember, as well as the all-too-rare admission of guilt.
But if there's one thing this ongoing story of abuse of power has been consistent on so far, it has been that the response tends to come after the allegations. At least, that was the norm until now, as filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has detailed his own history of sexual misconduct of his own volition.
Spurlock is best known for his documentary Super Size Me, which follows a 30-day period during which he ate only McDonald's food each day. Since then he has directed, produced, and starred in various projects to this day. Yet today he's making the news for his admission of guilt, relating to how he has treated certain women in his life. Today he tweeted out a link to a longer post which detailed his reasoning for coming forward, as well as the events in question.
"As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder 'who will be next?' I wonder, 'when will they come for me?'” he wrote,"Over my life, there have been many instances that parallel what we see everyday in the news."
He first details a time in which he was accused of rape by another woman at college, though no charges or investigations took place. At the time he didn't believe he had raped her, but she later revealed that she had been raped by him to others.
"This wasn’t how I remembered it at all. In my mind, we’d been drinking all night and went back to my room. We began fooling around, she pushed me off, then we laid in the bed and talked and laughed some more, and then began fooling around again. We took off our clothes. 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."
“'Light bright. That kids toy, that’s all I can see and think about,' she said … and then she started to cry. I didn’t know what to do. We stopped having sex and I rolled beside her. I tried to comfort her. To make her feel better. I thought I was doing ok, I believed she was feeling better. She believed she was raped."
"That’s why I’m part of the problem."
He then went on to reveal that he had paid off an assistant who had accused him of sexual harassment at work before.
"I would call my female assistant 'hot pants' or 'sex pants' when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office," Spurlock wrote. "Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence."
After she quit, she told him she wanted a settlement or she would tell her story to the world, and he agreed. On top of this, he admitted to cheating on all of his partners, including both his previous wives. "I have been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had," he said.
In the post, Spurlock questioned whether his past actions were down to traumatic elements in his life, listing the fact that he was sexually abused as a child, his father had abandoned him, his depression and addiction to alcohol. Now he hopes that he can become "part of the solution":
"By recognizing and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself. We should all find the courage to admit we’re at fault"
According to his Twitter feed, he is now looking to improve himself, replying to users saying he "will do everything I can to do better" and is currently "seeking help".
While the misconduct Spurlock has admitted to are shocking, it is mostly surprising to see that he came forward with this information. Whether this is because he knew that someone would accuse him soon and he wanted to get ahead of the story, or if it was a genuine confession intended to repair any damage he has caused, we won't know for sure.