Amid a flurry of allegations and bombshell reports that he tried to secure roles for an actress he allegedly had an affair with, Warner Bros Chairman and CEO, Kevin Tsujihara will step down from his position at the company.
WarnerMedia announced in a statement that Tsujihara is leaving the company after series of text messages were revealed alleging that he promised actress Charlotte Kirk favorable acting roles and auditions in exchange for sexual relationship.
“It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees and our partners for Kevin to step down as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.,” WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said. “Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him. Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the Company’s leadership expectations and could impact the Company’s ability to execute going forward.”
Warner Bros is currently conducting investigation into the allegations. Earlier this month, the Hollywood Reporter claimed an actress had sought Mr Tsujihara’s help in landing roles after they had sex. The report included text messages between Mr Tsujihara and the actress.
Tsujihara’s lawyer said at the time that the executive did not have a direct role in the hiring of the actress in any movie. In a letter to staff on Monday, reported by Reuters, Tsujihara did not address the matter.
“It has become clear that my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company’s continued success. The hard work of everyone within our organization is truly admirable, and I won’t let media attention on my past detract from all the great work the team is doing” he wrote.