2017 has become the year of sexual predators getting their comeuppance — in some cases, after years of harassing and abusing others. Most of the stories we've heard over the past few months have been revealed when the victims of such misconduct come forward with the details. In fact, the men and women who bravely stepped up to bring their abusers' actions to light have been heralded by nearly everyone — they were even collectively named "The Silence Breakers" and awarded TIME Magazine's Person of the Year.
Today's story, however, was not revealed by a victim. Rather, it is the aggressor himself who has come forward to share his own history of sexual misconduct.
You might recognize Morgan Spurlock best from his role in the film Supersize Me.
He was the documentary’s director, producer, and primary subject.
After the success of Supersize Me, Spurlock went on to direct and produce several additional documentary films and TV specials.
On December 13, 2017, Spurlock posted the following tweet:
The tweet said simply, “I am Part of the Problem,” with a link to a longer blog post.
In that post, Spurlock confesses to having a history of sexual misconduct.
"As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder 'who will be next?'" Spurlock wrote. "I wonder, 'when will they come for me?'"
“You see, I’ve come to understand after months of these revelations, that I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem.
“I’m sure I’m not alone in this thought, but I can’t blindly act as though I didn’t somehow play a part in this, and if I’m going truly represent myself as someone who has built a career on finding the truth, then it’s time for me to be truthful as well.
“I am part of the problem.”
Spurlock went on to share the details of an instance that occurred when he was in college.
He had what he considered a one-night stand with a woman.
“In my mind, we’d been drinking all night and went back to my room. We began fooling around, she pushed me off, then we laid in the bed and talked and laughed some more, and then began fooling around again. We took off our clothes. She said she didn’t want to have sex, so we laid together, and talked, and kissed, and laughed, and then we started having sex.
Spurlock says the woman he was with soon became upset.
“‘Light bright. That kids’ toy, that’s all I can see and think about,’ she said … and then she started to cry. I didn’t know what to do. We stopped having sex and I rolled beside her. I tried to comfort her. To make her feel better. I thought I was doing ok, I believed she was feeling better. She believed she was raped.”
In addition to the incident that took place in college, Spurlock shared the details about a former employee whom he verbally harassed.
“I would call my female assistant “hot pants” or “sex pants” when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office. Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.
“So, when she decided to quit, she came to me and said if I didn’t pay her a settlement, she would tell everyone. Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course, I paid. I paid for peace of mind. I paid for her silence and cooperation. Most of all, I paid so I could remain who I was.”
Spurlock then went on to give additional details of the sexual misconduct his wives and girlfriends over the years have had to endure.