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Pixar’s John Lasseter Takes Leave Of Absence After Harassment Allegations

John Lasseter during a film premiere during El Capitan Theatre progressing this month in Los Angeles.

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John Lasseter during a film premiere during El Capitan Theatre progressing this month in Los Angeles.

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John Lasseter, a arch artistic officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, says he’s holding a 6 month leave of deficiency amid passionate nuisance allegations.

Lasseter announced his sabbatical Tuesday.

That same day, The Hollywood Reporter published allegations that a Pixar co-founder is famous for “grabbing, kissing, and creation comments about earthy attributes.”

As a repository was scheming a story on these and other incidents, Lasseter sent a memo to his staff.

“It’s been brought to my courtesy that we have done some of we feel disrespected or uncomfortable,” he wrote in an email. “That was never my intent. “

In a statement, Lasseter also concurred “painful” conversations and vague “missteps,” and apologized to those who might have been “on a receiving finish of an neglected cuddle or any other gesticulate they felt crossed a line.”

A orator for Disney wrote: “We conclude John’s fairness and frank reparation and entirely support his sabbatical.”

The two-time Oscar leader was during a helm to furnish such Disney hits as “Frozen,”‘Zootopia” and “Moana” and destined “Toy Story,” “A Bugs’ Life” and “Cars.” Most recently, Lasseter served as executive writer on Pixar’s latest brief “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” and a underline film, “Coco.”