Hollywood Exec’s Relationship with Actress Raises Legal Questions

Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Debra Katz was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article, “WarnerMedia’s handling of Kevin Tsujihara Scandal under the microscope,” about the alleged sexual relationship between the head of Warner Bros. studio and an aspiring actress.

The Hollywood Reporter published text messages between Kevin Tsujihara, who has led Warner Bros. for five years, and Charlotte Kirk, a young actress. The exchanges suggest that Kirk slept with Tsujihara with the expectation that he would land her prominent roles and launch her career.

These revelations come at a time when Hollywood is trying to distance itself from the numerous sexual harassment and assault scandals, and just days after Tsujihara was announced as a top lieutenant for WarnerMedia’s Chief Executive John Stankey.  Warner Bros.

“This is a corporate governance issue, and it looks like an abuse of power,” explained Ms. Katz.  “It’s not enough for him to say: ‘I didn’t get her the role,’” said Ms. Katz. “They are parsing their words carefully to say he didn’t directly try to get her a role. And he’s not the only one on the hook here.”

WarnerMedia twice investigated the incident, however, the company says that it is investigating “new allegations” related to the matter. 

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