Morgan Spurlock Confesses to Years of Sexual Misconduct
By Jackie Willis
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is being very honest about how he's treated women in the past.
The 47-year-old Super Size Me director took to Twitter on Wednesday to proclaim that he is "part of the problem," and recalled instances where he has committed sexual misconduct, including settling a harassment allegation and cheating on his wives and girlfriends.
“As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder 'Who will be next?'" he writes. "I wonder, ‘When will they come for me?'"
Spurlock goes on to reflect on a time in college when he says he "hooked up" with a girl who then wrote a short story alleging that he raped her. “I didn’t know what to do,” he recounts. “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.”
In another instance years later, Spurlock says he agreed to pay a settlement to his assistant after she quit when he called her "hot pants" or "sex pants" from across the office.
"Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence,” he continues. "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. 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.”
Spurlock also confesses to being unfaithful to his former wives and girlfriends. "Over the years, I would look each of them in the eye and proclaim my love and then have sex with other people behind their backs,” he writes. “I hurt them. And I hate it. But it didn’t make me stop."
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker then goes on to question why he's been disrespectful towards women. "Is it because my father left my mother when I was child? Or that she believed he never respected her, so that disrespect carried over into their son?" he ponders.
In addition, Spurlock says he struggles with depression and has been drinking alcohol consistently since he was 13.
Spurlock's confession comes after droves of women and men have come forward this year with their own accounts of being sexually harassed and/or assaulted.