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Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujhara to step down

Tsujihara has been accused of helping an actress secure movie roles.

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MUMBAI: The WarnerMedia group has announced that Warner Bros studios chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujhara is stepping down after allegations of having an affair with a young British actress and helping her secure roles surfaced, according to reports.

WarnerMedia chief executive John Stankey said, "It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees and our partners for Kevin to step down as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros."

He further added, without explicitly referring to media reports, that the married 54-year-old studio head had an affair with 26-year-old actress Charlotte Kirk in 2013. "Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the company's leadership expectations and could impact the company's ability to execute going forward."

According to the Hollywood press, Tsujihara tried to use his clout to get the young actress roles, although without much apparent success, since she only had minor parts in two Warner movies.

Tsujihara's lawyers have denied that he intervened in casting decisions for the films. His replacement has not yet been named to take over additional responsibilities after sweeping reorganisation of the company previously known as Time-Warner following its takeover by telecom giant AT&T.

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