No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has been accused of inappropriate sexual advances by at least three young actresses.
In a series of online posts last week, actress Rachelle Vinberg (HBO’s “Betty”) last week accused Fukunaga of taking advantage of their two-decade age difference, alleging that he pressured her into a romantic relationship just after she was 18. become.
Meanwhile, twin actresses Hannah and Cailin Loesch (Netflix’s “Maniac”) said they endured the director’s simultaneous romantic pursuit on both of them, requesting a “threesome” and meeting last year at his New York City penthouse, in which they said: “he took [Cailin] and pulled her on top of him, Hannah still there” – which left Cailin “terrified.” (After the twins refused to have sex with him, they said the director “invited both of us to ‘drop acid’ and do molly at his home in the state that weekend.”)
A representative for Fukunaga, who was charged last fall with firing actress Raeden Greer during the filming of the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” after she refused to appear topless in front of the camera, declined to comment on the latest allegations.
The online allegations emerged after Fukunaga posted an Instagram story last week about the prospect of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, saying, “Meanwhile, the Supreme Court in America is about to take us one step closer to a war.” pushing ourselves through a fight against women’s rights.”
The post infuriated 23-year-old skater and actress Vinberg, who took a screenshot of Fukunaga’s post and replied, “It pisses me off because he literally doesn’t care about women. He just traumatizes them. I’ve talked to a lot of girls. F … you Cary.’
Vinberg then shared a selfie she took with Fukunaga, accusing him of “grooming” vulnerable teenage women for sexual encounters — though she provided no direct evidence that he had engaged in criminal behavior. “I’ve been afraid of him for years,” she wrote. “Mans is a groomer and has been doing this for years. Beware of women.”
In a series of follow-up Instagram posts, Vinberg claimed that Fukunaga, who is now 44, romantically pursued her five years ago when she had just turned 18 after the pair collaborated on a Samsung commercial. “Yes, I was legal,” she said, adding that their relationship lasted until she was 21. “But is it right? No.”
“One thing that was really weird about him was that he told me to pretend to be his cousin or sister in front of other people, like he would want me to lie about who I was,” she said. about Fukunaga, adding that she has been in therapy for a year and has been diagnosed with PTSD. She added: “I decided to expose him a little bit because I feel like I have to represent women and I could never live with myself. This man was wandering, free to do this.”
Vinberg’s messages prompted twin sisters Hannah and Cailin Loesch to put forward similar accusations via Twitter. The sisters said they were 20 years old in 2018 when they met Fukunaga while directing them in four episodes of the Netflix series “Maniac,” which he co-created. “Over the next three years, all three of us would have a hot and cold relationship that we hoped would fall into one of two categories: a simple trio of friends, or a romantic relationship between one of us and Cary,” the said. sisters.
Instead, they said that Fukunaga would come to the sister’s childhood home in Pennsylvania and encourage the three of them to have a romantic relationship. “At home, we all slipped into the family’s hot tub, where he asked us if we were virgins and what our thoughts are on threesomes,” they wrote. “When we told him we would never participate in it, he reminded us that they ‘get in porn all the time,’ and even suggested that incest is fine ‘if all parties are okay with it.'”
When Fukunaga invited the sisters to his New York City penthouse last year to screen a work print of “No Time to Die,” they said he tried to have sex with both of them: “It was a party of three in his bed.” After the sisters refused, they said he invited them to “drop acid and do molly at his home in the state.”
The next morning, one of the sisters texted Fukunaga saying, “We just couldn’t take it anymore, flirting with both of us.” Fukunaga asked a sister if she “knew ‘how bad this would look’ if the story got out in the wake of the Me Too movement?”
The sisters said they never saw Fukunaga again despite “a final text message to Hannah, claiming it was a big misunderstanding and that he had “nothing but respect” for the two of us.”
The allegations come in the wake of Fukunaga who fired Raeden Greer from “True Detective” after turning down Fukunaga’s request to go topless for a scene. Greer told The Daily Beast last October that she had a non-nude rider on her contract, and was reassured multiple times that the speaking role would not include nudity.
“It was discouraging. It felt bad,” Greer, who was 24 at the time of production, told the publication. “You can’t just treat people like you’re just a pair of tits, that’s very painful.”
A person close to the production told TheWrap that Greer was hired to play an exotic dancer at a strip club, and that one of the scenes called for the character to appear on stage with other dancers. Greer said the role was eventually scaled down and given to an extra who agreed to be naked.
When Greer arrived after a local casting that the production source said was likely done online, she was offered the standard SAG (Screen Actors Guild) deal and a nude rider. When Greer informed the producers that she wasn’t comfortable with the nudity, she was paid out of courtesy, the insider said. Then they rearrange the part.
As with the latest allegations, Greer said she spoke out after Fukunaga made a public statement on women’s issues — in her case, his efforts to bring James Bond into a post-#MeToo world. “Cary is here talking about his female characters – it’s like another slap in the face, over and over,” she said. “Yeah, he’s had an illustrious career — that was a star maker for him, and what happened to me? Nobody cares.”