AT & T is WarnerMedia to investigate claims against studio boss

The Hollywood Reporter reported in an article published on Wednesday that Tsujihara contacted other executives on behalf of actress Charlotte Kirk about the auditions for various roles in movies and television produced by the studio. Text messages reportedly exchanged between the two over a three-year period beginning in 2013 and published by THR appear to show that the two had met several times and appeared to be engaged in a sexual relationship.

The text messages, if authentic, also show that Kirk repeatedly asked Tsujihara to introduce her to people who could help her land-based work. However, there is no indication that Tsujihara forced anyone on Warner Bros. to throw her in a movie.

Kirk was thrown in 201[ads1]6's "How to Be Single" and 2018's "Ocean's 8", both are Warner Bros. films.

Tsujihara, who has served as CEO of Warner Bros. Since 2013, its role expanded this week as part of AT & Ts's restructuring of WarnerMedia, following a court ruling that allowed AT&T's acquisition of the company to move on. During the restructuring, Tsujihara also received authority over Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies. Earlier Wednesday, Tsujihara was on stage with WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey and his direct reports as part of a town hall with company employees to discuss the moves. (CNN is also part of WarnerMedia.)

Last year, THR reported that WarnerMedia hired a law firm to investigate the contents of an anonymous letter sent to Stankey who raised questions about a Warner Bros executive having promised to speak to an actress. WarnerMedia then said that the investigation did not reveal any evidence of negligence, according to THR.

"Through her spokesman, the actress has publicly denied any discomfort in her casting, and our previous investigation found nothing else," a WarnerMedia spokesman told CNN Business on Wednesday. "When we receive new claims, it is our usual practice to conduct an appropriate investigation. And that's what we're going to do here."

In a statement, Bert Deixler, a lawyer representing Tsujihara, said that "Mr. Tsujihara had no direct role in the appointment of this actress."

"Charlotte Kirk strongly denied any inappropriate behavior by Kevin Tsujihara, and she has no claim against [him]"a spokesman for Kirk said in a statement. "Mr. Tsujihara never promised Ms Kirk anything."

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