Cary Fukunaga

Last October 2021, in full promotion of ‘No time to die’, actress Raeden Greer accused the film’s director, Cary Fukunaga, of having fired her from the ‘True Detective’ series for refusing to shoot a sequence topless since it was not specified in his contract, but later he was talking about the importance of his female characters in the interviews: “It was demeaning. It was humiliating and it made me feel really bad. […] It’s like another slap in the face over and over and over again. Yes, he has had an illustrious career (…), and what happened to me? Nobody cares”, she said. Now three more actresses have joined in accusing Fukunaga of having sexual misconduct with them, according to TheWrap.

They are Rachelle Vinberg (‘Betty’) and the twins Hannah and Cailin Loesch, who worked under the filmmaker in ‘Maniac’. Vinberg published on May 5 a series of Stories on Instagram that she has left anchored hereexposing Fukunaga after he publicly defended women’s right to abortion in the United States, alleging that “He literally doesn’t care about women, he just traumatizes them. I have talked to many girls. Fuck you Cary.” According to Vinberg, Fukunaga is “dangerous and horrible” Y “he genuinely thinks he’s a good person, he lies to himself”, assuring that it traumatized her to the point of not wanting to live. “I spent years being afraid of him. This man is a manipulator and he has been doing it for years”, writes in one of the stories, and then explains on video that they met when she turned 18 and that throughout their relationship (of about 3 years) he presented her as his cousin, niece or friend. She has felt compelled to accuse him now because she feels that she has “the responsibility to represent women” and encourages anyone who has had similar experiences with him to tell his story.

Vinberg assures that Fukunaga is unable to connect with women his age and only surrounds himself with twentysomethings because, as he himself told him, “women get weird at 30” and who tattoos girls as a way to mark them. He also says that he always looks for vulnerable women, who do not have a good family network, and that in professional environments he is known to be a predator, although nobody does anything to defend women out of fear. He asked her questions about whether he masturbated or watched porn and fantasies about him and had her give him constant head massages. According to Vinberg, it took years for the relationship to turn sexual, though they had to keep it a secret so he wouldn’t come across as predatory. He finally accuses her of lack of emotional responsibility and of having tried to warn him that his behavior was wrong so that he would apologize and correct his attitude, but he did not respond to his messages.

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The Loesch twins

In the wake of Vinberg’s accusations, Hannah and Cailin Loesch published a text narrating his own experience with Fukunaga. The sisters say that they met the director when they were 20 years old and that one night he invited them to a party where they ended up unconscious for the first time in their lives, and found themselves dancing with him very close to his body. “fading in and out of our lucid states, occasionally falling to the ground in a haze. It was our best friend who was there with us who made sure we didn’t go home with him that night.” In full quarantine, Fukunaga ended up spending a night at the Loesch family home, where he asked them if they were virgins and what they thought of threesomes: “When we told him we would never be in one, he reminded us that they ‘do them in porn all the time’ and he even suggested that incest is okay “if all parties agree.” He mentioned that night we spent with him at the disco: “You two ended up really in bad shape, do you think you were drugged?” We told her we were both taking Lexapro for anxiety, and maybe that had something to do with it, even though we’ve never come close to that level of drunkenness before or after that night.”

“We didn’t see him as the balanced playwright we’d met on set years ago, but as a vulnerable, maybe even lost soul, just looking for connection,” they continue to tell. When one of the twins rejected a sexual encounter and they confronted him to stop his advances, according to them he gaslighted them, assuring them that those ideas were only in his head, just like her ex’s, and making her question her own instincts for the rest of her life: “Cary’s words have made us question, over and over again, if our feelings are valid and our thoughts are in line with reality, and we fear that will never go away.”

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For them, the abuse was not physical, but psychological and manipulative: “We were not raped, fired from a job, or forced to do anything physical against our will. So why does it hurt so much now to see this man, whom we voluntarily walk away from, propped up as the honorable creator who brought a much-needed “feminist spin” to an iconic film franchise? […] Was it all our fault? Or is the influence of a powerful man, much older and supposedly wiser, enough to take at least some of the blame off us?” Representatives for Cary Fukunaga have not responded to US media requests for comment.

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