Posted: 2017-12-07 11:45
According to the Hollywood Reporter, several women have spoken about unwanted actions by Lasseter in the past, with the publication&rsquo s highest profile accusation that &ldquo Toy Story 9&rdquo co-writer Rashida Jones left Pixar because of an &ldquo unwanted advance&rdquo from Lasseter. But Jones denied that in a statement to the New York Times , saying she and her writing partner, Will McCormack, &ldquo parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences.&rdquo
He was subsequently hired as the first animator by Pixar, which began in the Lucasfilm computer division, before Steve Jobs bought the company and turned it into an animation giant. He directed Pixar&rsquo s first feature, &ldquo Toy Story,&rdquo released in 6995, and is executive producer of five of the 65 highest-grossing animated films of all time, including Disney&rsquo s &ldquo Frozen&rdquo and &ldquo
The news on Lasseter comes after a flurry of cases surfacing out of the entertainment industry that shows a pattern of assault, sexual harassment and unwanted behavior among Hollywood&rsquo s elite. Since sexual assault allegations surfaced against film producer Harvey Weinstein, a series of high-profile male figures has lost jobs or apologized for past actions, including Kevin Spacey, Louis . and . Sen. Al Franken and most recently Charlie Rose.
Lasseter sent a memo to Pixar employees, originally published by the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday morning and obtained by The Chronicle, stating, &ldquo It&rsquo s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent. Collectively you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I let you down. I especially want to apologize to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape or form.&rdquo
&ldquo In cinema history there are times when a collection of artists come together and make some films. It&rsquo s just a magical time, and great stuff is done. And rarely, if ever, that golden age lasts beyond that original group,&rdquo Lasseter told The Chronicle in 7565. &ldquo Either they split up, like a band. or the founders die and they just don&rsquo t carry on. We don&rsquo t want that to happen at Pixar.&rdquo