Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me and the One Direction‘s This Is Us, has penned an essay confessing to a history of sexual misconduct.
The acclaimed documentarian, writer and filmmaker shared the lengthy essay ‘I Am Part Of The Problem‘ online, in which he recalled several past incidents “that parallel what we see everyday in the news” – after the flurry of accusations made against high profile figures in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Among them, he reveals that he was accused of rape while in college, settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with a former employee, and was unfaithful to all of his wives and former partners.
“As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder “who will be next?” I wonder, “when will they come for me?”,” he wrote. “You see, I’ve come to understand after months of these revelations, that I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem.
“I’m sure I’m not alone in this thought, but I can’t blindly act as though I didn’t somehow play a part in this, and if I’m going truly represent myself as someone who has built a career on finding the truth, then it’s time for me to be truthful as well.
“I am part of the problem.”
Speaking of his resolve to become a better person, Spurlock concluded: “More than anything, I’m hopeful that I can start to rebuild the trust and the respect of those I love most. I’m not sure I deserve it, but I will work everyday to earn it back.
“I will do better. I will be better. I believe we all can.”
He added: “The only individual I have control over is me. So starting today, I’m going to be more honest with you and myself. I’m going to lay it all out in the open. Maybe that will be a start. Who knows. But I do know I’ve talked enough in my life … I’m finally ready to listen.”
This comes after TIME Magazine recently named ‘The Silence Breakers’ – those who blew the whistle on systemic sexual assault and began the #MeToo campaign – as their Person Of The Year.
Amongst them was Tarana Burke, who started the #MeToo hashtag back in 2006. It received a widespread boost this year, after actress Alyssa Milano used the hashtag in response to the reported sexual assaults of shamed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
The TIME cover featured actress and Harvey Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu, and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual, with further nods given to Terry Crews, Rose McGowan and more.