Three women have accused acclaimed director Cary Joji Fukunaga of inappropriate conduct, including sexual harassment, manipulation and predatory behavior.
The accusations started surfacing soon after Fukunaga, 44, posted an Instagram Story about the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade to show his support for women’s rights last week.
“Meanwhile, in America, the Supreme Court is about to push us one step closer to war with ourselves… by legitimizing a war against women’s rights,” the Japanese American director wrote.
Rachelle Vinberg, a 23-year-old actor and skater, posted several Instagram Stories of her own soon after. She does not identify the subject of her videos at first, and in one of them she even says, “I’m so close to exposing this guy cause he’s someone that’s literally dangerous, horrible, and he’s out here like, ‘I care about women.’ Go f*ck yourself. You don’t give a f*ck about women.”
Vinberg eventually confirmed that she was referring to Fukunaga, as seen in her Instagram Stories highlights titled “Cary part 1” and “Cary pt 2.”
She also reposted a screenshot of the director’s Instagram Story, writing, “So he posted this today. And to it [sic] pisses me off cause he literally doesn’t care about women. He only traumatizes them. I’ve spoken to many girls. F*ck you Cary.” She then shared a selfie of her with him, adding, “I spent years being scared of him. Mans is a groomer and has been doing this sh*t for years. Beware women.”
Vinberg, who starred in the 2018 film “Skate Kitchen,” said she met Fukunaga after a casting director approached her at a skatepark and introduced her to the “No Time to Die” director during an audition for a commercial. The “Betty” actor mentioned that she had just turned 18 at the time.
From the ages of 18 to 21, she was allegedly in a relationship with Fukunaga. She claimed that their relationship, which became “completely fully intimate” by its end, had to be kept a secret, and Fukunaga would often refer to her as his cousin, niece or sister whenever they were out in public. The actor also mentioned that he “later bragged to some people that he was the second person I’d ever been with.”
Vinberg shared that she has been in therapy since last year and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, which she attributes to Fukunaga.
“I tried to reach out to him in the past about how he made me feel, and he’s never taken accountability, he’s basically brushed me off, gaslit me,” Vinberg said. “Then I found out about all these other girls he did the same thing to and was like ‘Oh, this is a pattern.’”
Two other women, twin sisters Hannah and Cailin Loesch, also came forward to accuse Fukunaga in a TwitLonger post on Thursday. The Loesch sisters wrote that they met the director on the set of Netflix’s 2018 psychological dark comedy “Maniac” when they were 20 years old.
They claimed that Fukunaga pursued them for three years. In one instance, he allegedly invited them to London while he was filming “No Time To Die.” The sisters said he even invited them to his farmhouse during the COVID-19 quarantine, and the situation reached a point where Fukunaga invited himself to their family’s house in Pennsylvania and asked while they were in a hot tub if they would ever participate in a threesome, stating that incest is acceptable “if all parties are okay with it.”
The director allegedly invited them to his penthouse in New York City, where he held a screening of “No Time To Die” before it was released in theaters. They claimed that while they were watching the film, he massaged Cailin with his hand under her skirt. He then “grabbed her and pulled her on top of him, Hannah still right there.”
“Cailin lie [sic] there limply, just as terrified of what it would say about her if she followed his lead as it would if she didn’t. Then, she climbed off. He seemed disappointed, but invited us both to ‘drop acid’ and do molly at his house upstate that weekend,” the Loesch sisters wrote.
Cailin allegedly told Fukunaga the next morning that they would cut all ties with him. Recalling his response, the sisters said that he asked if Cailin knew “how bad this would look” considering the #MeToo movement.
Hannah and Cailin posted a picture with Vinberg on Twitter on Saturday, writing, “In this together. We want to thank every one of you who has reached out to us with love and support. It means more than you know and has validated our decision to speak up in spite of fear. Our DMs are always open and we want you to know that we are here for all of you, too.”
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