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The creators of Stranger Things have responded to claims of on-set abuse

‘It is important not to mischaracterise our set.’

OVER THE WEEKEND, Instagram heard tell of serious trouble on the set of Stranger Things.

Peyton Brown, who worked as a grip on the hugely successful sci-fi programme in its first two seasons, posted a scathing assessment of its behind-the-scenes environment.

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In a post which has been liked thousands of times, Peyton announced she would not be returning in the third season.

Why, you ask? Because I stand with my sisters. I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women.

Making reference to the TimesUp campaign, Peyton stressed the importance of using her voice, writing: “I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP .”

I guess there’s no better day than #nationalwomensday to say #timesup and announce that I will not be a part of the filming of Season 3 of Stranger Things. Why, you ask? Because I stand with my sisters. I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women. I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP. Women in the film industry are POWERFUL. We will rise and we will scream from mountain tops in support of each other and I will not contribute my time, efforts, and talent to such abusive people. There is too much going on in this world to be regressive. There are too many amazing and highly respected men in respective positions of power that I have had the utmost pleasure of working beside. Those are the people I want to surround myself with. Those are the projects I want to be a part of. This industry is no longer led by a “few good men,” but instead by an OCEAN of ASTOUNDING WOMEN. Enough is enough. For my sisters- Time is up. #timesup #theabusestopsnow #ontobiggerandbetter #standupforwhatsright #womenempowerment #ladygrip #sisterhood #iatsesisters #wewillbeheard #thispicsaysitall

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Peyton momentarily deleted the post before re-posting and disabling comments.

The Duffer Brothers, who created the Netflix Original show, have this week responded to Peyton’s claims.

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In a statement issued through Variety, the duo expressed regret over remarks levelled at the show, beginning “We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set.”

We think it is important not to mischaracterize our set, where we believe strongly in treating everyone fairly regardless of gender, orientation, race, religion, or anything else.

The two men concluding by reiterating their on-set mission.

We remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions

The show, which debuted in 2016, will be returning to the small screen in 2019.

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