Matt and Ross Duffer, the brothers who created Stranger Things, were accused of verbally abusing females on set by a former staff member and now, the duo addressed the claims. Peyton Brown took to social media to reveal her decision of quitting the Netflix show due to witnessing ‘two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women.’
Although she did not mention any names at first, when a follower asked if she was referring to the Duffer brothers, she said yes only to then delete the reply.
‘I promised myself that if I were in a situation to say something that I would. I will not contribute my time, efforts, and talent to such abusive people,’ she went on about the reason she decided not to be part of season three’s production.
Now, the Duffers released an official statement regarding the woman’s allegations, saying that they were ‘deeply upset.’
‘We’re deeply upset to learn someone felt uncomfortable on set. Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers may occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize. However, we think it’s 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 really committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions,’ the joint statement read.
In addition to that, Netflix also revealed that they have looked into the whole thing but ‘found no wrongdoing.’
‘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’s to the Duffer Brothers as well,’ a rep explained.