Disney animation chief John Lasseter said today he is taking a six-month leave of absence after acknowledging in an internal memo making staff feel "disrespected or uncomfortable" with unwanted hugs.
He apologised to "anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form," in the memo, forwarded by the entertainment giant to AFP.
Lasseter, best known for transforming Pixar from a small graphics department at Lucasfilm into the most successful animation studio in the world, was the pioneering director of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2."
The Oscar-winning filmmaker and senior executive admitted he had been "falling short" in ensuring a culture of "trust and respect" at his animation studios.
"I've recently had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me. It's never easy to face your missteps, but it's the only way to learn from them," he said.
"As a result, I've ..
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