UPDATE 3/13 8:11 P.M.: Following the accusation, Lori Grabowski, a script supervisor for the series, also took to Instagram to reveal she had been on the receiving end of the alleged abuse.
In her post, she says, “I am one of those women Peyton referenced. It was very real not only to me, but other women on the set that also want to share their story. Peyton Brown witnessed not only my experience, but the similar experiences of others. I don’t know Ms. Brown very well, but what I do know is there is absolutely nothing false about her statement. Myself and other women who are willing to share their stories of our experiences on the set of Stranger Things, are living proof. I was the Script Supervisor of the show for nearly 2 full seasons. I just could not stand by and let Peyton be called a liar, because what she said is unfortunately, very true.”
Netflix, meanwhile, found “no wrongdoing” in their investigation on the matter, and The Duffer Brothers released a statement, saying: “We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set. Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize. However, we think it is 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 totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions.”
Eleven would NOT approve!
On International Women’s Day on Thursday, Instagram user @peytonnbrown — who claims to be a crew member on Stranger Things — says she will not return for the show’s third season because she “personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women.”
As seen here on social media:
I guess there├óΓé¼Γäós no better day than #nationalwomensday to say #timesup and announce that I will not be a part of the filming of Season 3 of Stranger Things. Why, you ask? Because I stand with my sisters. I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women. I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP. Women in the film industry are POWERFUL. We will rise and we will scream from mountain tops in support of each other and I will not contribute my time, efforts, and talent to such abusive people. There is too much going on in this world to be regressive. There are too many amazing and highly respected men in respective positions of power that I have had the utmost pleasure of working beside. Those are the people I want to surround myself with. Those are the projects I want to be a part of. This industry is no longer led by a “few good men,” but instead by an OCEAN of ASTOUNDING WOMEN. Enough is enough. For my sisters- Time is up. #timesup #theabusestopsnow #ontobiggerandbetter #standupforwhatsright #womenempowerment #ladygrip #sisterhood #iatsesisters #wewillbeheard #thispicsaysitallA post shared by P (@peytonnbrown) on Mar 8, 2018 at 10:18am PST
When asked if she is talking about creators The Duffer Brothers, she replies, “yes, I am.”
When asked how Matt and Ross Duffer have abused women, she says the two have yelled insults, leading people to either be fired or forced to quit.
She has since disabled the comments section of her post.
The hit science-fiction horror series was renewed for a third season in December 2017.
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