Update: Netflix and showrunners The Duffer Brothers have responded to the allegations of Stranger Things crew member Peyton Brown, who alleged verbal abuse by the Duffers on set.
“We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set,” Matt and Ross Duffer said in a statement to THR. “Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize. However, we think it is important not to mischaracterize our set, where we believe strongly in treating everyone fairly regardless of gender, orientation, race, religion, or anything else. We remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions.”
Brown previously alleged on an Instagram post that the Duffers “seek out and verbally abuse multiple women” on the set of the Netflix series.
Netflix also told THR, “We looked into the concern that was raised when we heard of the allegation on Thursday, and found no wrongdoing. Maintaining a safe, respectful atmosphere on set is important to us, and we know it is to the Duffer Brothers as well.”
Original story follows:
Stranger Things crew member Peyton Brown has reportedly accused creators and showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer of verbally abusing crew members on set.
Brown made the accusation via an Instagram post celebrating International Women’s Day. In the post, Brown revealed she won’t be returning to work on the third season of the show due to the alleged inappropriate behavior of two men on set.
Though Brown did not identify who she was accusing in the post, she revealed she was talking about the Duffer brothers in response to a later comment. Per Entertainment Tonight, when a follower asked Brown if she was indeed talking about the showrunners, she replied, “Yes, I am.”
“I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women,” Brown wrote in the Instagram post. “I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP.”
Brown then added the Duffer brothers allegedly made threats and insults to crew members. “There was yelling, there were insults, there were threats and people were even fired or forced to quit because of them.”
Representatives for the Duffer brothers and Netflix have yet to respond to the allegations.