Creators of the Netflix original series Stranger Things, Matt and Ross Duffer, have responded to the recent allegations accusing the brothers of being abusive towards women on set.
In a statement via Variety, the Brothers responded to the claims with, "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," they continued.
These allegations derive from an Instagram post uploaded by a female crewmember, Peyton Brown. Brown, who worked in the series' camera department, chose to take to her personal social media platform on National Women's Day to voice her allegations.
the duffer brothers have been accused of verbally abusing multiple women on while filming their show, stranger things. don’t ignore this or blame the woman speaking out about it. rt this and spread the word that netflix and ourselves need to take action @netflix @Stranger_Things pic.twitter.com/jhaHnQzLTZ— rach// FINAL SPACE (@mclaughljns) March 8, 2018
In the post Brown says, "I
Although the post does not directly state the Duffer Brothers were the two men in questioning, Brown took to the comments section to reveal the siblings were in fact who the post was regarding.
Stranger Things script supervisor Lori Grabowski also commented on Brown's post in support of her, claiming she was one of the women who received verbal abuse during filming.
"Peyton Brown witnessed not only my experience, but the similar experiences of others," Grabowski commented, adding,
Even after Netflix said they found no wrongdoing, the Stranger Things crew member who publicly accused the Duffer brothers of verbally abusing women on set is standing by her story. She just sent me this message. https://t.co/dNMQvnjIf1 pic.twitter.com/orAHnv5Dvs— julia reinstein (@juliareinstein) March 11, 2018