A sexual harassment lawsuit has been filed against Bryan Fuller, the creator of the TV series Hannibal, along with AMC Networks, streaming service Shudder, and production company Steakhaus Productions. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of California by Sam Wineman, a former director on the Queer for Fear documentary series. Wineman alleges that Fuller created a hostile work environment through harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and retaliation during the production of the series from 2020 to 2022.
According to the complaint, Fuller engaged in unlawful behavior, made inappropriate comments, and mocked the idea of his alleged behavior being reported. Wineman also claims that Fuller sexually assaulted him multiple times during the production and frequently made sexually explicit remarks about actors, movies, and more. The complaint further alleges that Fuller engaged in relentless verbal harassment and retaliated against Wineman for perceived rejection.
Wineman states that he reported Fuller’s behavior to producers and AMC, after which he was removed from the project and had his credits reduced in the final version of Queer for Fear. The lawsuit seeks damages for emotional distress and mental anguish, as well as punitive damages.
In response to the allegations, Bryan Fuller’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman, denied the claims and stated an intention to file a countersuit against Wineman for defamation. Freedman asserts that there is documented evidence disproving the allegations and accuses Wineman of creating a fictitious story to extort AMC, Shudder, Steakhaus, and Fuller.
Bryan Fuller is known for his work on television shows such as Dead Like Me, Heroes, and Pushing Daisies. He gained recognition for his revival of Hannibal as a TV series. Fuller has been linked to other projects, including Star Trek: Discovery, American Gods, and The Vampire Chronicles.