Bryan Fuller, a celebrated name in the world of television for his groundbreaking work on shows like "Hannibal," finds himself thrust into an unflattering spotlight. Recently, unsettling allegations of s*xual harassment and inappropriate conduct during the production of an AMC docuseries on queer horror have come to the fore, casting a shadow over Fuller's acclaimed career.
The person at the heart of these allegations is Sam Wineman, an openly gay producer. Wineman, who had the opportunity to work closely with Fuller on this docuseries, has shared disturbing details of an environment that was less than professional. Central to the lawsuit are claims that Fuller frequently made inappropriate remarks, many hinting at masturbation. This, coupled with instances of casual bullying, paints a concerning picture.
Inappropriate Actions and Disturbing Pranks
A particularly alarming behavior detailed by Wineman involves Fuller's tendency to suddenly approach him from behind, ostensibly to "crack his back." During such occurrences, Fuller would allegedly position himself in an inappropriate manner against Wineman, leading to significant discomfort.
But the allegations don't stop there. Wineman further claims that he was subjected to crude pranks during his tenure on the project. He alleges that Fuller left items like lubricants and used tissues on his desk, intended as a perverse and disconcerting message.
Wineman also highlights how Fuller would often belittle him with derogatory comments. Descriptions such as "weak," "lacking charisma," and the oddly humorous comparison to being "drier than NPR" were allegedly thrown around.
One of the more systemic concerns arising from this lawsuit is the response of the higher-ups associated with the docuseries. Wineman asserts that executive producers, who were presumably aware of Fuller's conduct, chose to turn a blind eye. Their alleged justification? Fuller was "the money" behind the project, and keeping him content was paramount.