In a startling development, acclaimed television creator Bryan Fuller, known for hit series such as “Hannibal” and “American Gods,” has been accused of sexual harassment by fellow producer Sam Wineman during the production of an AMC docuseries centered around queer horror.
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Accusations and Allegations
The lawsuit, filed recently, outlines a series of troubling allegations against Fuller, including constant references to masturbation, casual bullying, and the creation of a hostile work environment. Wineman, the plaintiff, also asserts that Fuller engaged in unwelcome physical contact by repeatedly holding him from behind under the pretext of “cracking his back,” during which Fuller pressed his genitals against Wineman’s buttocks.
Both Fuller and Wineman identify as gay, and they collaborated on the production of “Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror,” a four-part docuseries released on AMC’s Shudder streaming service in 2022.
Harassment Claims Detailed
The suit provides disturbing details of Fuller’s alleged behavior. It includes explicit comments about his own sexual arousal in response to specific reading materials and discussions regarding adult/child power dynamics in stories. Additionally, the suit contends that Fuller deliberately left evidence of his sexual activities, such as lubricant and tissues, on his desk, creating a hostile work environment for Wineman.
Wineman maintains that he voiced his concerns about Fuller’s behavior and was subsequently removed from the project in August 2021, approximately four weeks after making the complaint. The lawsuit further claims that executive producers shielded Fuller from the consequences of his actions, citing his financial importance to the project.
Reactions and Statements
AMC, the network behind the docuseries, has confirmed that they are reviewing the lawsuit but declined to comment further. In response to the allegations, Fuller’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, vehemently denied the accusations, labeling them as “fictitious” and asserting that Wineman was terminated due to “gross incompetence.”
A Grave Matter Requiring Thorough Investigation
Allegations of sexual harassment on a professional set are taken with the utmost seriousness, and it is imperative that a thorough investigation be conducted to determine the veracity of the claims. Such incidents highlight the pressing need for workplaces to maintain safe, respectful environments for all employees.
As the legal process unfolds, the industry and public await to see what consequences, if any, Bryan Fuller may face in light of these accusations. The case stands as a stark reminder of the ongoing importance of fostering respectful and inclusive work environments in the entertainment industry and beyond.