IT was an offer that a “very naive” British starlet felt she could not refuse.
Beautiful Charlotte Kirk — afterwards 21 and unfortunate for a film career — perceived a content from billionaire beloved James Packer earnest her a “opportunity of a lifetime”.
It was after midnight though Charlotte was told to come to a oppulance Hotel Bel Air where one of Hollywood’s many absolute group was waiting.
Greeting Charlotte in Packer’s oppulance apartment in Sep 2013 was married father Kevin Tsujihara — CEO and after Chairman of Warner Bros Entertainment and roughly 30 years her senior.
According to Packer’s content he was also a many critical male that Charlotte would ever meet.
The LA studio trainer and a working-class electrician’s daughter from Bexley, Kent, shortly strike it off.
She said: “Los Angeles is full of really gifted people operative in bars, not in front of cameras.
“They are never discovered, sadly. Luck plays a partial in creation it. So does timing. The stars have to be aligned.”
Charlotte, now 26, and Tsujihara, 54, were really many on a same astrological wavelength. They substituted numbers — and after became lovers.
She was eventually expel in Warners’ 2016 regretful comedy How To Be Single, as good as a 2018 crime comedy Ocean’s 8.
The assignation seemed to be profitable off. Then this month it all detonate into a open in a liaison that has put a explosve underneath a frail Hollywood, still disorder from a Harvey Weinstein fallout and a #MeToo debate opposite passionate harassment.
Tsujihara stands indicted of exploiting a immature starlet in a classical “casting couch” set-up — afterwards transfer her when he had had enough.
After ban texts between a one-time lovers were done public, Tsujihara stepped down from his remunerative pursuit and Warner Bros scrambled to stretch itself from a affair.
John Stankey, conduct of primogenitor association WarnerMedia, announced Tsujihara’s depart on Monday, saying: “Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are unsuitable with a company’s care expectations and could impact a company’s ability to govern going forward.”
In a memo to Warner Bros staff, Tsujihara pronounced he was vacating “after extensive introspection”.
He added: “It has turn transparent that my continued care could be a daze and an barrier to a company’s continued success.”
Once a divulgence texts were done open it was maybe usually a matter of time before his career would strike a buffers.
One content from Charlotte to Tsujihara in Mar 2015 read: “When we were in that motel carrying sex u pronounced u would assistance me and when u usually omit me it creates me feel used.”
More ban still are suggestions Charlotte was used to well-spoken a £350million film understanding that Packer’s association was distinguished with Warner.
In another content Charlotte claimed she was “used as topping on a cake” for a deal, saying: “It’s sum what we all did to me.” The allegations were denied by all concerned.
Charlotte insists she is anything though a plant of #MeToo, observant it was not “casting-couch sex”.
“That would taint all a group and women who have honestly been exploited. we had a attribute with Kevin given we wanted to,” she added.
She was innate Charlotte Dyke — Kirk is her mum’s lass name — in Bexley to relatives Arthur and carer Angie, who after split. She has an comparison hermit and sister.
Although she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome during six, she went on to sight during London’s Italia Conti behaving humanities academy, that has incited out some of Britain’s best-known entertainers.
At 19 she changed to California and met James Packer, son of Australian media aristocrat Kerry Packer, during a film party.
Packer, once intent to Mariah Carey, is 25 years Charlotte’s comparison though a span became an object and he bought her a £50,000 diamond-encrusted Rolex watch.
It was usually as Packer and business partner Brett Ratner were seeking to determine their megabucks understanding with Warners that Charlotte was summoned to a fatal assembly in a LA suburb of Bel Air.
Later her attribute with Packer ended, and in Feb 2014 she slept with Tsujihara after boozing during a West Hollywood hotel.
They met a second time though a attribute fast fizzled out.
Charlotte pronounced she didn’t trust it was a “casting couch” scenario, though that she simply slept with a male she “fancied”.
She added: “If I’d been a male we would have had a pat on a back. Instead, given we am a immature woman, we am indicted of being a slut, and a conniving, calculating one during that.”
She believed Tsujihara would assistance her burgeoning behaving career, and added: “You don’t say, ‘Get me a role’, though we design probity and probity when we have been lovers and we design them to be there for we as a friend.
“In my case, that meant him potentially directing me towards auditions, assisting me get into a room.”
The story would have stayed tip though for a tranche of bomb content messages between Charlotte, Packer, Ratner and Tsujihara expelled to The Hollywood Reporter repository in 2017.
One content from Charlotte to Packer pronounced of Tsujihara: “He’s not really nice. He usually wants to f***, zero else, does not even wish to contend anything!”
In Mar 2014, Tsujihara texted Charlotte saying: “I’ve got a cooking in Santa Monica subsequent Thursday night — u wish to accommodate adult after?? We’re also commencement to expel some wire tv pilots.”
Then in Oct 2014, Charlotte texted Packer: “Putting me in one of your many cinema shouldn’t be a large deal . . . we did assistance u out with Kevin that was tough for me though we did it for you.”
When Charlotte afterwards threatened authorised action, Packer replied: ‘Can’t wait tough girl . . . Get behind in your box or let’s fight.”
In a 2015 summary to Tsujihara Charlotte wrote: “Are u going to assistance me like u pronounced u would?”
He responded: “Richard will be reaching out to u tonight”, referring to Richard Brener, boss of Warner Bros’ New Line film studio.
Industry insiders have claimed Charlotte leaked a texts as an act of revenge.
She vehemently denies a allegations, saying: “That is simply not true.
“When we listened that The Hollywood Reporter competence tell it, we implored them not to, though apparently to no avail.”
Tsujihara’s counsel Bert Deixler said: “Mr Tsujihara did not have a approach purpose in a singer being expel in any movie.”
Packer said: “We had a brief attribute and we attempted to assistance her career.
“I honestly usually ever had good intentions for Charlotte.”
She will shortly be seen in a lead womanlike purpose in Nicole And O J, a film about O J Simpson.
Her silent Angie, 58, insisted her daughter had won her roles on “merit alone”.
She pronounced Charlotte’s Asperger’s diagnosis as a child had meant she had struggled during school, adding that “she’s tough, she’s a fighter”.
Charlotte — who has denied any inapt poise from Tsujihara, Packer or Ratner — pronounced of a events in 2013: “I was a opposite chairman then.
“I was 19 years old, newly arrived in LA, presumably a small conceited and really really naive.
“I acknowledge we might have done some bad choices and I’m contemptible for that, though I’ve schooled from my mistakes given afterwards and have grown a lot as a person, as a lady and as a veteran actor.”
The lady from shaggy Kent is finally a many talked-about singer in Hollywood — though in resources she could never have dreamed of.
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