The creators of Stranger Things, Matt and Ross Duffer, responded to accusations of verbal abuse by a former crew member. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the Duffer brothers said they were "deeply upset to learn that someone was uncomfortable on our set."
Last week, Stranger Things crew member Peyton Brown announced on Instagram that he would not return for the third season of the show due to verbal abuse on set. "Personally, I witnessed two men in high positions of power who verbally seek and abuse several women," he wrote in the message.
Brown did not mention the Duffer brothers by name, nor did he detail the abuse in his initial publication, but in the comments that were later deleted. Variety reports that a comment by Brown said: "There were screams, insults, threats and even people were fired or forced to resign because of them."
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the Duffer brothers said:
"Due to the high tension nature of production, tempers occasionally fray, and for that, we apologize, however, we believe it is important not to mischaracterize our set, where we firmly believe in treating everyone fairly, independently of its kind, orientation, race, religion or anything else, we remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative work environment for all of our productions. "
Since then, other women have spoken in support of Brown. Stranger Things script supervisor, Lori Grabowski, also posted on Instagram substantiating Brown's comments and specifically mentioning Stranger Things in her legend. Grabowski said he talked after seeing many people accusing Brown of being a liar. "It was very real not only for me, but also for other women on the set who also want to share their story." Peyton Brown witnessed not only my experience, but also the similar experiences of others.
Since then, Brown has republished a photo of Instagram user llpetralia, whose account is private, which shows that he also supports Brown's accusations. "I was also one of the women who had to experience this experience first-hand in the set of Strange Things," reads the title of the photo in the photo. There is a Laura Petralia included as a property assistant on the IMDb page of Stranger Things.
Netflix has issued a statement saying that the company investigated the problem and found no crime. "Maintaining a safe and respectful atmosphere on set is important to us, and we know it is also important for Duffer Brothers," the company said. Stranger Things was renewed for the third season last year, although it might not go on the air until 2019.