‘Where are the teenage girls at?’ Embattled Bond director Cary Fukunaga ‘caught on video making creepy comments about fans while on set of Sin Nombre in 2008’ amid grooming allegations
- James Bond film director Cary Fukunaga has been captured on video shot in 2008 in which is seen ‘making creepy comments about teenage girls’
- Fukunaga, who was 30 at the time, pans around his film set to focus on a group of young girls who can be seen excitedly waving at him
- On Wednesday, several sources working on his upcoming Apple TV series said the director engaged in ‘absolute, clear-cut abuse of power’ with female staff
- Insiders said, the now 44-year-old Fukunaga honed in on two of the WWII set production’s background actresses – one of whom had just turned 18
- It comes less than two weeks after Fukunaga was accused of and ‘grooming’ by three actresses, one of whom claimed she was targeted days after turning 18
- Fukunaga directed Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 in No Time to Die
James Bond movie director Cary Fukunaga has been allegedly recorded on video asking ‘Where are the teenage girls at?’ while on the set of one of his movies.
The 44-year-old, who directed Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 in No Time to Die, has been accused of sexual harassment and ‘grooming’ by several young actresses.
This latest video was said to have been recorded in January 2008 on the set of the thriller, Sin Nombre, on which Fukunaga was the writer and director.
It was also more than a decade before any of the current allegations of him using his film set as a way to allegedly go after young female members of the cast and crew.
The footage which has been viewed by The Sun sees a 30-year-old Fukunaga pan around his film set showing the cast and crew together with an audience of spectators during a nighttime film shoot.
James Bond film director Cary Fukunaga has been captured on video shot in 2008 in which he is seen to be ‘making creepy comments about teenage girls. He is pictured here in March 2022
The video was allegedly recorded in January 2008 on the set of the thriller, Sin Nombre, on which Fukunaga was the writer and director. Fukunaga is pictured on the set in 2008, above
Oone of the film’s producers, Amy Kaufman, is approached by Fukunaga who can be heard asking: ‘Where did all these people come from?’
‘They all came to see you because you’re so handsome, especially all the teenage girls over there,’ Kaufman allegedly replies with a smile.
Then, according to The Sun, a high-pitched voice can be heard saying ‘daddy’ while Fukunaga can be heard asking ‘Where are the teenage girls at?’
He then walks off in the direction being pointed by Kaufman.
‘Oh they’re all over here waiting for you,’ Kaufman can be heard replying. ‘Can I introduce you to Cary Fukunaga’s fan club?’ she then adds.
Fukunaga can then be seen walking over to a group of young-looking women.
He is then filmed them in silence as the girls wave back excitedly.
‘Oh they’re so excited,’ Kaufman can be heard shrieking before the video suddenly stops.
One of the film’s producers, Amy Kaufman, pictured, is allegedly approached by Fukunaga who can be heard asking: ‘Where did all these people come from?’ ‘They all came to see you because you’re so handsome, especially all the teenage girls over there,’ Kaufman replies with a smile
On Wednesday, Fukunaga was accused of inappropriate behavior and ‘crossing a professional line’ with multiple female staffers on the set of his upcoming miniseries.
Speaking anonymously to Rolling Stone, several sources working on the upcoming AppleTV+ miniseries Masters of the Air said the director engaged in ‘absolute, clear-cut abuse of power’ while interacting with young female actors and crew members.
In particular, the insiders said, 44-year-old Fukunaga honed in on two of the WWII set production’s background actresses – one of whom had recently turned 18.
During filming for one scene where the two young actresses dressed as prostitutes from the 1940s, the sources said Fukunaga started taking pictures of the women, encouraging them to pose suggestively as they bent against a wall and knelt on the ground.
‘That was my first gut check,’ one of the insiders told the magazine. ‘It was way past the line. There’s no sort of argument… that it is OK in any way. It’s an absolute, clear-cut abuse of power.’
The source said that Fukunaga, one of Hollywood’s youngest major directors and the first American tapped to direct a Bond film, used the guise of needing the photos for continuity purposes – a task not typically associated with the duties of a director.
The entire interaction took roughly 10 minutes, according to the insiders.
The sources further alleged that Fukunaga would regularly flirt with young women on-set at the same time. Three sources said Fukunaga showed interest in at least three young female staffers in the show’s cast and crew during filming.
Crew members recall whispering amongst themselves about Fukunaga’s advances and spending so much time with the younger female members of the cast and crew.
They asserted that Fukunaga crossed a professional line with his actions, and that he purposely used his position of power in a manner that left others present uncomfortable.
Neither of the actresses were named by the production staffers.
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga, pictured center, with actors Daniel Craig, left, and Lashana Lynch on the set of the most recent James Bond film No Time to Die
The recent allegations against Fukunaga came after he posted a story on his Instagram page declaring his support for women’s rights in light of a leaked document revealing that the US Supreme Court is about to overturn Roe v Wade, a ruling which legalized abortion in the U.S.
He wrote: ‘The Supreme Court is about to push us one step closer to war with ourselves… by legitimizing a war against women’s rights.’
The comments spurred Rachelle Vinberg, the 23-year-old star of HBO’s Betty – who first worked with Fukunaga when she was 18 – to speak out against the director, accusing him of ‘grooming’ her years until she started to suffer from PTSD.
The pair met on the set of a Samsung commercial that Fukunaga – the day after Vinberg’s birthday. She alleges the pair began a consensual relational which turned sexual when she was 21.
‘So he posted this today. And it p****s me off cause he literally doesn’t care about women,’ Vinberg, a professional skateboarder from Long Island, said in a series of Instagram posts.
‘He only traumatizes them. I spent years being scared of him. Man’s a groomer and has been doing this for years. Beware women.’
She further claimed Fukunaga told her their relationship, which was ‘completely fully intimate’, had to be kept secret and that he introduced her as his cousin, niece or sister when they were in public.
Vinberg, who posted pictures of herself with the director, added: ‘I tried to reach out to him in the past about how he made me feel and he’s never taken accountability, he’s basically brushed me off.’
She also called the director out for what she viewed as a hypocritical, pandering Instagram post. ‘And it pisses me off ’cause he literally doesn’t care about women. He only traumatizes them. I’ve spoken to many girls. F**k you, Cary.’
Just weeks ago, Rachelle Vinberg, 23, took to Instagram to call out the director, accusing him of ‘grooming’ her for years until she started to suffer from PTSD
Vinberg claimed Fukunaga told her their relationship, which was ‘completely fully intimate’, had to be kept secret and that he introduced her as his cousin, niece or sister when in public
Vinberg, 23, pictured her with Fukunaga, met on the set of a Samsung commercial in 2016. She alleges the pair began an ‘intimate’ and ‘traumatizing’ relationship which turned sexual when she was 21
Actress Margaret Qualley, who was romantically linked to Fukunaga in 2017 when she was 22, ‘liked’ a post from Vinberg where she asserted she was “gaslighting” men on Instagram.
‘It had to be a secret because it would look bad for him, because people wouldn’t understand, because it would make him look like a predator,’ Vinberg said.
She also posted multiple photos of her with the director, as well as screenshots of DMs with others who claim they had too been harassed. ‘He’s basically brushed me off, gaslit me… Then I found out about all these other girls was like, “Oh, this is a pattern.”‘
The online assertion prompted a response from Fukunaga’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, who confirmed the two had dated but denied the claims.
In a statement, Plonsker conceded that Fukunaga ‘had a very brief and consensual romantic relationship with [Vinberg] that has ended’ and suggested the actress ‘clearly was not happy’ with him after the split.
The remarks, however, also garnered a response from two other young actresses – who claimed that they, too, had been a victimized by Fukunaga.
The two women, 24-year-old twins Hannah and Cailin Loesch, said they met the director on the set of Netflix’s 2018 drama Maniac when they were 20, and say they had a three-year ‘hot-and-cold relationship’ with him.
They say he invited them to London while he was filming No Time to Die, released last year.
Accusers started to surface last month after Fukunaga posted a story to his Instagram declaring his support for women’s rights after a leaked document revealed the US Supreme Court has plans to overturn Roe v Wade
Writing on social media, the twins claimed Fukunaga came to their family home in Pennsylvania and asked them to participate in a threesome as they sat in a hot tub. They allege he said incest ‘was OK if all parties are OK with it’.
The encounter also reportedly saw the director ask the twins if they were virgins.
Separately they allege that during a screening of No Time To Die in New York, which they claim to have watched on Fukunaga’s bed, ‘he massaged Cailin with his hand under her skirt’ and then pulled her on top of him.
‘Cailin lie (sic) there limply, just as terrified of what it would say about her if she followed his lead as it would if she didn’t. Then she climbed off.
‘He seemed disappointed but invited us both to “drop acid” and do molly [the drug MDMA or ecstasy] at his house.’
24-year-old twins Hannah and Cailin Loesch, said they met the director on the set of Netflix’s 2018 drama Maniac when they were 20, and that the director propositioned them a threesome
The sisters said never saw Fukunaga again despite ‘a final text to Hannah, claiming the whole thing was a big misunderstanding, and that he had ‘nothing but respect’ for the two of us.’
They also emphasized that they ‘flirted back’ with Fukunaga, ‘walked away through unlocked doors’ and do not want to start a ‘witch hunt’ against the filmmaker. ‘We were not raped, fired from a job, or made to do anything physical against our will,’ they wrote.
Hannah and Cailin also recalled an instance where they went to a nightclub with Fukunaga and his friends.
‘We both wound up blacked out in the bathroom, for the first time in our lives,’ the actors wrote.
‘A night out with our director, who we had enormous respect for, ended with us both pressed against Cary’s body on the dance floor, lapsing in and out of our lucid states, occasionally falling to the floor in a haze.
‘We never got close to that inebriated before, or since, that night,’ they wrote.
Another actress, Raeden Greer, also spurred by Vinberg’s post calling out the director, claimed last month that she had been fired from the TV show True Detective, which Fukunaga directed, after she refused to appear nude in a scene
Another actress, Raeden Greer, also spurred by Vinberg’s post calling out the director, claimed last month that she had been fired from the TV show True Detective, which Fukunaga directed, after she refused to appear nude in a scene.
Greer, 34, said Fukunaga said to her, then 25, during filming for the 2014 series something along the lines of, ‘”Everybody on this show goes topless. All the women on the show go topless. Your character is a stripper, so you have to.”‘
Shortly after she refused, Greer says she was fired.
‘And now, Cary is out here talking about his female characters — it’s like another slap in the face over and over and over. Yes, he has had an illustrious career — that was a star-maker for him, and what happened to me? Nobody cares.’
Other sources speaking to Rolling Stone, whom asked not to be identified, said they also met Fukunaga on film sets he had been directing, and described similar inappropriate behavior by the director
‘When I thought about him, I just wanted to vomit,’ one young woman who dated Fukunaga for a few months after meeting him on the set of one of his productions tells Rolling Stone.
‘I remember feeling so good to be away from him, like this heavy weight on my shoulder was lifted and [I could] breathe again. He made me feel so claustrophobic and suffocating.’
No Time To Die director Fukunaga, pictured here with star Daniel Craig in April 2019, has been accused of inappropriate behavior by multiple anonymous women he worked with in the past
Shortly after landing the No Time to Die gig, the director got heat for saying in an interview that Sean Connery’s version of Bond was ‘basically a rapist,’ referring to scene in 1965’s Thunderball in which Connery’s Bond forcibly kisses a nurse who spurned his advances
A second young woman told the magazine she began seeing Fukunaga after they met on one of his sets.
‘I just thought I was really crazy, because he treated me like trash towards the end,’ she said.
‘I just became a really small, passive, quiet person, and I’m not usually like that.’
Fukunaga has since denied all of the aforementioned claims through his lawyer, who asserted in a statement Thursday: ‘There is nothing salacious about pursuing friendships or consensual romantic relationships with women.
‘He creates a work environment that is creative, collaborative and welcoming to all.’
In September 21, shortly after landing the No Time to Die gig, the director got heat for saying in an interview that Sean Connery’s version of Bond was ‘basically a rapist,’ referring to scene in 1965’s Thunderball in which Connery’s Bond forcibly kisses a nurse who spurned his advances.
‘Is it “Thunderball” or “Goldfinger” where, like, basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman?” Fukunaga asked the Hollywood Reporter in 2021.
‘She’s like “No, no, no,” and he’s like, “Yes, yes, yes,”‘ Fukunaga said at the time.
‘That wouldn’t fly today.’
No formal charges have been filed against Fukunaga at this time and he continues to maintain that he is innocent.
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