Oprah Winfrey backs out from producing #MeToo documentary, Here’s Why
Oprah Winfrey was serving as an executive producer to a documentary on Russell Simmons who has been accused of sexual misconduct
Oprah Winfrey is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in Hollywood right now. However, the talk show host recently announced that she will not be producing the #MeToo documentary any more. Oprah has now cut all ties with the documentary that she was co-producing on the accused music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. The film which was scheduled to have its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, focuses primarily on Drew Dixon, who accused Russell of rape.
Oprah was an executive producer on the project and with her backing off, Apple TV Plus will also not be streaming the documentary anymore, reported The New York Times. In a statement released on Oprah’s behalf, it said that while she “unequivocally believes and supports the women,” and that their stories “deserve to be told and heard” - there were some creative differences between her and the filmmakers. She had said, “In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.” On the other hand, Apple declined to comment.
Oprah’s decision to leave the project comes a month after Russell questioned her involvement in the film. On the other hand, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering also commented on the talk show host’s exit. They said, “Revealing hard truths is never easy, and the women in our documentary are all showing extraordinary strength and courage by raising their voices to address sexual abuse in the music industry. While we are disappointed that Oprah Winfrey is no longer an executive producer on the project, we are gratified that Oprah has unequivocally said she believes and supports the survivors in the film.”