Morgan Spurlock Sued Over Halted Project About Women’s Issues

Turner Entertainment Networks says that project was shelved after filmmaker admitted to misconduct, and now they want their money back

Morgan Spurlock, who late last year admitted to sexual misconduct, is now being sued by a company that says a project about women’s issues was halted after the “Super Size Me” filmmaker made the admission.

In the suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in California, Turner Entertainment Networks says that it entered into a production services agreement with Spurlock’s production company Warrior Poets — also named as a defendant in the suit — for a project titled “Who Rules the World?” The project is described in the suit as “a series focused on issues facing women.”

However, the suit says, things went south in December 2017 when Spurlock “issued a public statement in which he confessed to sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and substance abuse and stepped down from his position at Warrior Poets.” The project was halted, according to the complaint, and “[c]ritical partners involved in the Project severed their relationship with Spurlock and Warrior Poets.”

The suit says that the agreement called for funds provided for the project provided by Turner Entertainment Networks to be placed in a special bank account to be used solely for the project, and that Turner’s “repeated efforts to obtain the funds from Defendants have been met with radio silence.”

Alleging breach of written contract, the suit is seeking an order preventing the funds from being used for anything else, and ultimately for the funds to be returned to Turner.

TheWrap has reached out to representatives for Spurlock and Warrior Poets on the lawsuit.

In December, Spurlock took to Twitter to divulge that he’d been accused of rape and to declare, “I’m part of the problem.”

In a lengthy post, the “Super Size Me” director wrote, “She believed she was raped.”

“As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’ Spurlock wrote, recalling an incident when he was in college.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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