The Florida Project producer steps down after harassment claims

The Florida Project producer Andrew Duncan has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women and is stepping down from his company June Pictures.

Andrew Duncan denies accusations, says rivals are 'taking advantage of the news climate'

The Florida Project producer Andrew Duncan has been accused of sexual misconduct by a dozen anonymous women and is stepping down from his company June Pictures. (Andy Kropa/The Associated Press)

The Florida Project producer Andrew Duncan has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women and is stepping down from his company June Pictures.

Duncan in a statement Friday disputes the allegations, calling them either distorted or demonstrably false. He accuses rivals of "taking advantage of the news climate" and trying to undermine his financial prospects.

The Hollywood Reporter detailed accounts from multiple women alleging various kinds of misconduct on or around film sets ranging from inappropriate suggestions to kissing and groping without consent.

The trade outlet said it spoke to a dozen anonymous sources about the alleged behaviour.

Alex Saks is taking sole control of June Pictures in Duncan's absence.

In addition to The Florida Project, considered a candidate for best picture at the Oscars, June Pictures produced Paul Dano's directorial debut Wildlife and Book Club, with Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda.

Corrections

  • In an earlier version of this story, The Associated Press reported that a dozen women have accused a producer of The Florida Project of sexual misconduct. The Hollywood Reporter stated several people had accused producer Andrew Duncan of misconduct and said it had a dozen anonymous sources who spoke about the allegations.
    Dec 20, 2017 11:52 AM ET