Cary Joji Fukunaga first gained recognition for writing and directing the 2009 film Sin nombre and the 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre. Fukunaga, the director of ‘No Time to Die’, has been accused of a pattern of manipulation and predation by three women.
Rachelle Vinberg, a 23-year-old actress and skater, recently accused 44-year-old Fukunaga of grooming and “traumatizing” her, claiming she has PTSD as a result of their relationship. Vinberg first concealed his identity in her Instagram stories before reposting one of Fukunaga’s recent posts about the impending overturn of Roe v. Wade. She posted multiple photos with Fukunaga and penned down in the caption.
He literally doesn’t care about women. He only traumatizes them.
The videos became more popular after a viral tweet from @brokebackstan. Vinberg, who starred in Crystal Moselle’s 2018 film Skate Kitchen and HBO’s popular spinoff Betty, claimed Fukunaga is a “groomer” who has “been doing this sh-t for years.” She said she met No Time to Die director Cary Fukunaga when a casting director approached her at a skate park, and Fukunaga offered to cast her in a commercial.
She claimed she met Fukunaga “the day after” she turned 18, and that he frequently referred to her in public as his cousin or niece. Vinberg has been in therapy for a year and has been diagnosed with PTSD “from this guy.” Vinberg stated on Instagram that the relationship lasted from the ages of 18 to 21.
Yeah, I was legal. But is it right? No.
Hannah and Cailin Loesch, twin sisters who met Fukunaga on the set of Netflix’s Maniac, posted extensively about their encounter with the director recently. Fukunaga befriended them when they were 20 and starring in the series, but the sisters say that friendship evolved into something more over “the next three years.”
They described a night in 2020 when Fukunaga talked himself into staying at their parents’ house in Pennsylvania, tried to force them into a threesome, and dismissed the idea that incest is frowned upon. They also told a story about being out with Fukunaga at a club and both of them blacking out, and how they were open with him about their anxiety, which he used against them.
He asked if she knew ‘how bad this would look’ if the story came out in the wake of the Me Too movement, saying he ‘did not like’ the person Cailin was describing. Cailin still remembers the wild look in his eyes when he spoke to her, like she was just out of her mind for caring at all, about any of it.
Other allegations have been levelled against Fukunaga; in October, actress Raeden Greer claimed she was fired from season 1 of True Detective because she refused to perform a nude scene imposed on her by Fukunaga. Greer stated that she came forward after reading an interview in which Fukunaga stated that he brought in Phoebe Waller-Bridge for the No Time to Die script in order to update James Bond for a post-Me Too world.
It’s clear that these women are still processing what happened. The Loesch twins wrote “We were not raped, fired from a job, or made to do anything physical against our will. So why does it sting so bad now to see this man, the one who we willingly walked away from, propped up as the honorable creator who brought a much-needed, ‘feminist twist’ to an iconic film franchise?” Fukunaga is currently filming a documentary in Ukraine and has not responded to the allegations.
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