- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 14, 2017

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has a message for Hollywood insiders trying to rid the industry of sexual misconduct: “I am part of the problem.”

The director who shot to fame with “Super Size Me” in 2004 came clean this week regarding the kind of sex scandals that have sparked the #MeToo movement. A detailed TwitLonger post covered rape allegations against him in college, infidelity to his wives and girlfriends, and a workplace settlement for “verbal” harassment.

I would call my female assistant ‘hot pants’ or ‘sex pants’ when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office,” he wrote Wednesday evening. “Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence. So, when she decided to quit, she came to me and said if I didn’t pay her a settlement, she would tell everyone.”

“Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course, I paid,” he continued. “I paid for peace of mind. I paid for her silence and cooperation. Most of all, I paid so I could remain who I was. I am part of the problem.”

Mr. Spurlock also explained a one-night stand in college in which a woman claimed — although no charges were filed — that he raped her.

“I didn’t know what to do,” he said of the woman’s crying on the night of the incident. “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.”

The filmmaker finally admitted to being “unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had” in a section dedicated to asking, “Why?”

His conclusion after mentioning an absent father and abuse suffered as a teenager: “We should all find the courage to admit we’re at fault.”

“I will do better. I will be better. I believe we all can,” he said. “The only individual I have control over is me. So starting today, I’m going to be more honest with you and myself. I’m going to lay it all out in the open. Maybe that will be a start. Who knows. But I do know I’ve talked enough in my life. … I’m finally ready to listen.”


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