Warner Bros Entertainment chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara on Friday (8) apologised to staff for “mistakes in my personal life” following a report about an affair with a British woman who was subsequently cast in two of the studio’s films.
Tsujihara issued a memo in response to a story in The Hollywood Reporter that claimed he had engaged in a relationship with Charlotte Kirk, who later appeared in Ocean’s 8 and How To Be Single. WarnerMedia is investigating the matter.
“I deeply regret that I have made mistakes in my personal life that have caused pain and embarrassment to the people I love the most,” the executive wrote. “I also deeply regret that these personal actions have caused embarrassment to the company and to all of you.”
The full memo to staff appears below:
By now, you’ve all seen the news reports from earlier this week.
I deeply regret that I have made mistakes in my personal life that have caused pain and embarrassment to the people I love the most. I also deeply regret that these personal actions have caused embarrassment to the company and to all of you. I realized some time ago you are right to expect more from me and I set a course to do better. That journey continues.
I am so proud of the great work you do every day. Together, we have built a company that is the gold standard in our industry. Warner Bros.’ culture is as important to our success as our business model. We need to continue the hard work we’ve done over the years to create a workplace where everyone feels included and heard. To that end, I’ve asked HR to make additional accommodations if anyone needs to talk.
Since WarnerMedia’s leadership became aware of details surrounding this situation some time ago, it has carefully reviewed the matter and handled appropriately, including having engaged a third-party law firm to conduct a series of inquiries. Following these most recent news reports, the company will again work with a third-party law firm to review the situation, and I will cooperate fully with this investigation.
Please don’t let my mistakes become a distraction. It’s important that we all stay focused on our work—and part of that is creating a culture and company of which we can all be proud. Thank you all for everything you do to make that happen every day.