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By Mae Slater on
 April 29, 2024

Sylvester Stallone's Alleged Misconduct On Tulsa King Set Ignites Controversy

Sylvester Stallone has come under fire following serious allegations of verbal abuse during the filming of "Tulsa King."

The Things reported that the controversy centers around accusations that Stallone used inappropriate language towards extras and created a toxic set atmosphere, leading to a casting director's resignation. The first to bring these allegations to light were various extras working on the set of "Tulsa King," a new drama series.

Reports indicate that Stallone, the show's lead, engaged in verbally abusive behavior, specifically using derogatory language towards the extras.

Initial Allegations Surface On Social Media

Julie Benson, a television writer, revealed on social media platform X that she heard about the allegations from a friend working as an extra. Her friend described an environment so negative it prompted the resignation of casting director Rose Locke.

Locke herself confirmed her departure online, stating, "At the end of the day I resigned because it was a clear toxic environment that I was not comfortable putting myself or background artists in."

Further allegations detail that Stallone made specific demands for the presence of "pretty young girls" around him, which many found disturbing and inappropriate. This behavior, shared widely across social media, has painted a troubling picture of the behind-the-scenes dynamics on the show.

These reports were initially shared by Julie Benson and later spread by Charleston SC Background Actors/Crew, a group that expressed disappointment over the situation. They noted that the allegations were not isolated incidents but corroborated by several people present on set.

Industry Reaction and Public Outcry

The allegations have sparked significant discussions within the entertainment industry and among fans. Variety and Entertainment Weekly both reported on the situation, amplifying the reach of these accusations.

As the story gained traction, more individuals who worked on "Tulsa King" came forward, sharing similar experiences. The consensus among them pointed to an environment of disrespect and unprofessionalism that many found unacceptable in modern filmmaking.

Social Media Becomes A Battleground

On social media, the reaction has been swift and divided. Supporters of Stallone have called for waiting on more facts before passing judgment, while others have condemned the alleged actions, worried about the implications for those who were targeted.

Charleston SC Background Actors/Crew also released a statement on their social media: "At first I had hoped it was just a bad rumor started by 1 person who may have felt some type of way, but there have been countless people who were on set and have stated what they saw, how they were treated, etc.... I have great respect for them for pulling out of the project and looking out for their background artists."

Broader Implications for Hollywood Workplace Standards

This incident has raised questions about workplace standards in Hollywood and the accountability of high-profile figures. It highlights the ongoing struggles within the industry to maintain professional and respectful environments, especially for lower-tier workers like extras.

As the entertainment community continues to digest the news, the focus has shifted towards the mechanisms for reporting and addressing such behavior. The industry, which has faced similar controversies in the past, is now under pressure to not only address but prevent such occurrences in the future.

Conclusion and Reflections on the Incident

The allegations against Sylvester Stallone have unveiled troubling behaviors that contradict the professional norms expected on set. With a casting director resigning in protest and the backlash growing louder, the film industry may need to take stronger measures to safeguard its workers. It remains to be seen how this controversy will affect Stallone's career and "Tulsa King," but it certainly has sparked a broader dialogue about respect and decency in Hollywood.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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