After being accused of “verbally abusing multiple women” on the set of “Stranger Things,” Matt and Ross Duffer have released a statement in which they say they’re “deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set” and that they “believe strongly in treating everyone fairly.” Netflix says it has looked into the incident and “found no wrongdoing” on the Duffer Brothers’ part.
Here’s their full statement: “We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set. 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. We remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions.”
And Netflix’s: “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.”
“I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women,” Peyton Brown, a former crew member on the show, wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post. “I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP.”