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Fukunaga Fallout

13th May 2022

A No Time To Die crew member has spoken out against the beleaguered director

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News started to break over a week ago that 'No Time To Die' director Cary Fukunaga was facing accusations from young women of sexual harassment.  

First, Rachelle Vinberg, a 23-year-old actress and skater, went public on her Instagram about her relationship with the 44-year-old director, which started a day after she turned 18. Click here to read the full report on Jezebel.com.

A few days later, twin sisters, Hannah and Cailin Loesch came forward with their story about how they met Fukunaga on the set of 'Maniac' when they were 20. They allege that Fukunaga pursued both of them - inviting them to spend time with him in London while he worked on 'No Time To Die.' According to their account, Fukunaga also invited himself to their family home in Pennsylvania. At one point during his stay, they said, the three sat in a hot tub, where Fukunaga asked the pair if they were virgins and whether they’d ever participate in a threesome, suggesting that incest is fine “if all parties are okay with it.” They then recalled an instance wherein he invited them to his penthouse in New York City where he’d show them 'No Time To Die', which had not yet been released at the time.

Numerous publications reporting on the accusations say they reached out to Fukunaga and his representatives, but none have received any response (at the time of publication). Fukunaga, who is usually active on his Instagram account, has gone dark for the past week. Fukunaga's ex-girlfriend, Kristine Froseth, publicly supported the other women on her Instagram account. 

Today, a crew member on 'No Time To Die' went public with their problems with Fukunaga. Screenwriter Nick Cuse, who previously worked with Fukunaga on 'Maniac,' took to Instagram to share his feelings about the director.

"Cary Fukunaga is the worst human being I have ever met in my life. He didn't groom me to fuck me but he did use a lot of the same tactics to get me to write his scripts for him. Which he would then put his name on. One time, after spending three weeks on a script, he made me open up the cover page and type his name under "Written By". I had to literally type the stolen credit with my own fingers. I'm ashamed to say I didn't stand up to him or say anything at the time. The worst part of the experience was that whenever someone else mentioned that a line I wrote or an idea I had was good, he would always have to change it. He couldn't bear that it was not his. Even though he was getting credit! As far as girls, his type is 'looks underage.' I don't know much about the things he's done to women but I'm sure they are horrible. The way he treats all people (other than celebrities) is horrible. I once saw him dump his cut fingernails in another person's car. I did not have an experience remotely comparable to [Rachelle Vinberg], [Hannah and Cailin Loesch], [Kristine Froseth]. But by speaking out, they opened my eyes to the fact that I was under the spell of a vile cult leader. If you are in the industry I hope you are aware of that before you decide to work with him. I wish someone had told me not to. I deeply regret it."

Cuse is credited on 'No Time To Die' as a 'consultant,' although based on his work history and complaints about Fukunaga, one could infer he was on uncredited writing duties. Fukunaga took a writing credit on 'No Time To Die', the first Bond director to do so.

Where this leaves EON's relationship with Fukunaga is unclear. Prior to the allegations being made public, producers stated they were more than happy to work with him again in the future. 

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