Paramount Probes Sylvester Stallone's Alleged Mockery of 'Tulsa King' Extras

New controversy engulfs 'Tulsa King' production team.

by Nouman Rasool
Paramount Probes Sylvester Stallone's Alleged Mockery of 'Tulsa King' Extras
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Paramount Pictures is conducting a thorough investigation into allegations surrounding Sylvester Stallone, the celebrated lead of the acclaimed series "Tulsa King." Reports have emerged accusing Stallone of belittling extras on the set, creating a ripple of concern across the industry.

These claims have prompted a closer look into the series' work environment, particularly during the filming of its second season. "Tulsa King," a show that blends comedy and drama while showcasing the talent of Stallone as Dwight 'The General' Manfredi, finds itself at the heart of a controversy alleging a "toxic environment." This atmosphere reportedly led to the departure of the series' casting director, Rose Locke, who cited her inability to endorse the prevailing conditions on set.

Paramount, alerted to the situation through a social media post that caught viral attention, has reiterated its commitment to upholding a workspace characterized by fairness and respect.

Set Allegations Surface

The allegations first surfaced on X (formerly known as Twitter), where Julie Benson, known for her work on "Star Trek: Prodigy," shared concerns raised by a friend working in the background of the "Tulsa King" set.

The post, which has since been removed, accused Stallone and director Craig Zisk of making disparaging comments about the physical appearances of some background actors. This revelation has sparked a widespread discussion about the treatment of extras and the environment fostered by those in positions of authority on sets.

An anonymous social media post detailed the alleged remarks, quoting Stallone expressing dissatisfaction with the appearance of the background actors and suggesting a preference for "pretty young girls" to be brought in.

This post accompanied a screenshot of an email from Locke, in which she expressed her resignation due to the toxic work environment, offering her contact information for those willing to share their experiences. Paramount's investigation into these allegations underscores the industry's growing intolerance for workplace misconduct, emphasizing the importance of a respectful and inclusive environment.

As the investigation proceeds, the entertainment community watches closely, hopeful for resolutions that reinforce the values of dignity and respect in all production settings.

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