Morgan Spurlock said he paid a settlement to a female assistant who worked at his office and whom he called “hot pants” or “sex pants”. (AP: Ben Hider/Invision)
US documentarian Morgan Spurlock has confessed in an online post to sexual harassment and infidelity, saying he was “part of the problem” and that he had been accused of rape.
Spurlock, who made the hit film Super Size Me, wrote in a post that he linked to from his verified Twitter account that as he watched other influential men brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct, “I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?'”
He recounted a sexual encounter in college which he said he thought was consensual, but said the woman believed it was rape.
“I tried to comfort her. To make her feel better,” Spurlock wrote.
“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.”
Spurlock also said he paid a settlement to a female assistant who worked at his office and whom he called “hot pants” or “sex pants”.
In the post, Spurlock said he thought the nickname was funny but later realised he was demeaning her.
“So, when she decided to quit, she came to me and said if I didn’t pay her a settlement, she would tell everyone,” he wrote.
“Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course, I paid.”
Spurlock also wrote that he had “been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had.”
“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,” Spurlock wrote.
He wrote that he will do better and be more honest with others and with himself.
He ends the post by saying: “I’ve talked enough in my life. … I’m finally ready to listen.”
Spurlock is best known for his Oscar-nominated 2004 documentary Super Size Me on the fast-food industry, in which he ate nothing but McDonald’s food to show the health effects of the industry.
He has produced dozens of other documentaries and TV shows and completed a sequel to Super Size Me this year.