Stranger Things’ Duffer Brothers respond to claims of verbally abusing female crew members

Grip Peyton Brown alleges that the brothers created a hostile environment.

Stranger Things creators, the Duffer brothers, have been accused of verbally abusing female crew members.
Atlanta-based grip Peyton Brown took to Instagram on International Women’s Day to announce that after working on the first two seasons of the show, she would not be involved with season three due to an “unhealthy work environment.”

“I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women,” Brown wrote in the 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.”
A commenter on the post later asked if Brown was referring to the Duffer Brothers and she confirmed that she was. She then elaborated on the alleged abuse, saying that the brothers threatened female crew, and alleging that the hostile environment led some members to quit.

She has since deleted the post but a screengrab was taken by Entertainment Tonight. You can see that and the comments below.

I guess there’s no better day than #nationalwomensday to say #timesup and announce that I will not be a part of the filming of Season 3 of Stranger Things. Why, you ask? 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. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP. Women in the film industry are POWERFUL. We will rise and we will scream from mountain tops in support of each other and I will not contribute my time, efforts, and talent to such abusive people. There is too much going on in this world to be regressive. There are too many amazing and highly respected men in respective positions of power that I have had the utmost pleasure of working beside. Those are the people I want to surround myself with. Those are the projects I want to be a part of. This industry is no longer led by a “few good men,” but instead by an OCEAN of ASTOUNDING WOMEN. Enough is enough. For my sisters- Time is up. #timesup #theabusestopsnow #ontobiggerandbetter #standupforwhatsright #womenempowerment #ladygrip #sisterhood #iatsesisters #wewillbeheard #thispicsaysitall

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In a statement released to Variety, The Duffer Brothers have responded to the allegations, saying: “We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set”.
“We think it is important not to mischaracterise 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 renewed the show for a third season back in December, although they’ve yet to announce a release date. The Duffer Brothers had previously confirmed they were working on season three in interviews and it was only a matter of time before Netflix officially got on board.

In December 2017 David Harbour said fans “probably won’t get [Season 3] until sometime in 2019” because the Duffer brothers “need time” to write it. “Those guys work so hard,” he said. “I mean, they just sit in their apartment and write for 12, 14 hours a day.”
Speaking to Collider, producer Shawn Levy said that the show is likely to be set a year after Season 2’s conclusion, so 1985. The Duffer Brothers also suggested that the new episodes will have to deal with the kids’ growing up and puberty.
In January 2018, David Harbour suggested to Collider that filming on Stranger Things 3 would begin in “March or April, but I don’t have a confirmation.” TV Line later confirmed that filming should begin in April.