What you need to know
- Oprah Winfrey has resigned as Executive Producer of a sexual misconduct film.
- Winfrey cites creative differences as the reason for her departure from the project.
- The film, which was set to debut on Apple TV+, will no longer be released through the service.
Oprah Winfrey has announced that she is stepping away from a sexual assault documentary that is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. Winfrey was, up until this point, an Executive Producer of the film, which is focused on sexual assault in the music industry.
Winfrey released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that explained she decided to step away from the film over creative differences with the filmmakers. She also noted that the film, which was set to debut on Apple TV+ after the film festival, would no longer be released on the service.
Oprah paid respect to the filmmakers behind the film in spite of her disagreement about the film's readiness for release, and also stated that she will focus her time instead on supporting victims through a partnership with Time's Up, an organization fighting against harassment in the workplace.
Apple had originally left the subject of the film out of the announcement, but the description of the film at Sundance revealed that the film will focus on Drew Dixon, a former executive at Def Jam Recordings who alleges sexual misconduct charges against Russell Simmons, co-founder of the label.
Time's Up Foundation president and CEO Tina Tchen responded to Oprah's decision with a statement.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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