A producer for the buzzy comedy-drama film “The Florida Project” reportedly faces allegations of sexual misconduct and is leaving his company amid the scandal.
Andrew Duncan — who co-founded the studio June Pictures in 2016 and quickly found success — is accused of sexually harassing multiple associates connected to the production company, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which cites 12 insiders familiar with the situation.
Among the claims against Duncan are that he kissed a non-consenting female coworker on the lips and grabbed another’s behind at a holiday party last year, and that he urged women to join him at a threesome at a dinner this past August, according to the report. He also allegedly asked a coworker and her husband to have a threesome with another woman over a video call as he watched.
Duncan denied the accusations in a statement.
Alex Saks (left) intends to buy Andrew Duncan’s portion of their company, June Pictures.
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“It seems apparent to me that some rivals of mine are trying to take cynical advantage of the news climate involving sexual harassment to undermine our financial prospects,” he told THR. “The several circumstances that have been presented to me by news outlets are each distorted or demonstrably false in several key respects.”
June Pictures CEO Alex Saks confirmed Duncan is leaving the company. She intends to buy out the portion of the company owned by Duncan, according to Variety.
“In light of allegations of misconduct against our investor Andrew Duncan, I am assuming sole ownership and leadership of June Pictures,” she said. “June Pictures is committed to a respectful work environment dedicated to producing quality films. We will continue our projects already in production and development.”
None of the alleged victims are named in the report by THR.
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In addition to serving as a producer for “The Florida Project,” which was released in October — and is receiving award-season buzz — Duncan has also worked on the films “Thoroughbred” and “Operator” with his company.