Matt and Ross Duffer, aka the Duffer Brothers and creators of Netflix's Stranger Things, have responded to the allegations of verbal abuse made against them by a member of the Camera and Electrical Department of the show, H. Peyton Brown. Posting on her Instagram account this past Thursday (International Women's Day), Brown admitted that she would not be a part of Season 3 because "Why, you ask?" she wrote. "Because I stand with my sisters. I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women. I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would."
While Brown does not mention the brothers by name, she reportedly confirmed that she was talking about them via comments that are now hidden, but making their way across social media channels. In one response, Brown said that "there was yelling, there were insults, there were threats, and people were fired or forced to quit because of them."
“We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set," the Duffers said in an official statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "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."
Netflix also chimed in with their own sentiments in which the streaming service stood by the show's creators:
"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.”
A mish-mosh of '80s culture, horror, and sci-fi, Stranger Things is a series about weird happenings in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. According to some reports, the third season (confirmed in December) could arrive in late 2018 or early 2019.