F. Murray Abraham apologizes amid allegations of misconduct
“I told jokes, nothing else, which upset some of my colleagues,” said the former “Mythic Quest” actor.
F. Murray Abraham is addressing the sexual misconduct allegations that led to his firing from “Mythic Quest” last year.
“This is a sincere and deeply felt apology,” the “White Lotus” Season 2 star said in a statement shared with IndieWire. “Although I never intended to offend anyone, I did tell jokes, nothing else, which upset some of my colleagues and as a result they lost great jobs with wonderful people. Since this experience, I have come to understand more and I hope they will forgive me.”
Rolling Stone recently published a report that Abraham was the focus of two complaints during his Apple TV+ series “Mythic Quest.” According to a production source, the first incident led to Abraham being warned and told to stay away from some of the show’s actresses. The second incident was reportedly caused by series creator and star Rob McElhenney, who reportedly decided to have Abraham exit the critically-acclaimed show before its third season.
Abraham’s departure was addressed by McElhenney at the time Species, saying: “It’s awful not having Murray this season. But we acknowledge that (her character) CW is a beloved character and obviously a huge part of the show. So we made sure to pay him a truly befitting tribute. We are definitely going to deal with it in broad terms.”
At the time, Ábrahám’s “White Lotus” schedule was the reason for his departure.
Lionsgate released a statement regarding the alleged misconduct after the allegations against Abraham were made public.
“We take allegations of misconduct seriously and investigate them thoroughly,” a spokesperson told IndieWire. “As a matter of company policy, we do not discuss our personnel activities.”
In April 2022, Lionsgate confirmed that Abraham would not return for Season 3. Deadline“Furthermore, we do not comment on personnel matters.”
In addition to “Mythic Quest,” Abraham has appeared in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “The Good Wife” and “Homeland.” The 83-year-old Oscar winner made his screen debut in 1971, playing the role of Grandpa in Season 2 of Mike White’s satirical “The White Lotus.”
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