Warner Bros. CEO apologizes for ‘mistakes’ amid sexual impropriety investigation

Embattled Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara apologized to staff on Friday following the publication of a report alleging that he helped a woman get auditions after they had engaged in a sexual relationship.

“I deeply regret that I have made mistakes in my personal life that have caused pain and embarrassment to the people I love the most,” Tsujihara wrote in a note to staff. “I also deeply regret that these personal actions have caused embarrassment to the company and to all of you. I realized some time ago you are right to expect more from me and I set a course to do better. That journey continues.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'War Dogs' at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 13: Kevin Tsujihara and wife Sandy Tsujihara arrive at FCancer's 1st Annual Barbara Berlanti Heroes Gala at Warner Bros. Studios on October 13, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Kevin Tsujihara (R) attends HBO's Post Emmy Awards Reception at the Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 12: Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Aquaman' at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 12, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 25: (L-R) Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara, actor Gal Gadot and President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group Toby Emmerich attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 07: Kevin Tsujihara and Ken Kamins attend the Warner Bros. premiere of 'They Shall Not Grow Old' at Linwood Dunn Theater at the Pickford Center for Motion Study on December 07, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 11: Kevin Tsujihara, chairman and chief executive officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment, arrives for a morning session of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 11, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Sandy Tsujihara and Kevin Tsujihara attend the world premiere of 'Ocean's 8' at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Tomb Raider' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 12, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Kevin Tsujihara attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie' on September 16, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Kevin Tsujihara attends the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The LEGO Batman Movie' at the Regency Village Theatre on February 4, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Sandy Tsujihara and Kevin Tsujihara attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Pictures Kevin Tsujihara (R) and wife Sandy Tsujihara attend the 30th Annual American Cinematheque Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 14: Chairman of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara arrives at the 30th Annual American Cinematheque Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - AUGUST 29: Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara attends the premiere of 'Queen Sugar' at Warner Bros. Studios on August 29, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara attends at RatPac Entertainment Hosts Special Event for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Hillhaven Lodge on August 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Legend Of Tarzan' at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 27: Margot Robbie, Warner Bros' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Tsujihara attend the premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Legend Of Tarzan' at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
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Here’s the full text of the letter:

Dear Colleagues,

By now, you’ve all seen the news reports from earlier this week.

I deeply regret that I have made mistakes in my personal life that have caused pain and embarrassment to the people I love the most. I also deeply regret that these personal actions have caused embarrassment to the company and to all of you. I realized some time ago you are right to expect more from me and I set a course to do better. That journey continues.

I am so proud of the great work you do every day. Together, we have built a company that is the gold standard in our industry. Warner Bros.’ culture is as important to our success as our business model. We need to continue the hard work we’ve done over the years to create a workplace where everyone feels included and heard. To that end, I’ve asked HR to make additional accommodations if anyone needs to talk.

Since WarnerMedia’s leadership became aware of details surrounding this situation some time ago, it has carefully reviewed the matter and handled appropriately, including having engaged a third-party law firm to conduct a series of inquiries. Following these most recent news reports, the company will again work with a third-party law firm to review the situation, and I will cooperate fully with this investigation.

Please don’t let my mistakes become a distraction. It’s important that we all stay focused on our work—and part of that is creating a culture and company of which we can all be proud. Thank you all for everything you do to make that happen every day.

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