Top theatre director Max Stafford-Clark, 80, who was ‘ousted’ over lewd comments blames his stroke and ‘stupidity’ after ‘telling a colleague, 29, he would have approached her “like a rat up a drainpipe” if he was younger’

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  • Max Stafford-Clarke, 80, left London’s Out of Joint Theater Company in 2017
  • Allegedly made inappropriate and sexist remarks towards three women
  • Employees said they felt ‘objectionable’ and shocked at his behavior
  • Now the director breaks silence on allegations of sexual harassment
  • Said that the effects of a stroke in 2006 had affected his decision making

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A noted theater director has admitted to ‘stupidity’ after he was allegedly fired from his own company when he told a colleague that if he were younger he would ask him ‘like a mouse down a drain pipe’ Contacts.

Max Stafford-Clark, 80, left London’s Out of Joint Theater Company in October 2017 after he allegedly made inappropriate and sexual remarks towards three women.

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In his new book, Some Letters I Never Send, he breaks his silence on the allegations, saying he is ‘in a position of power and did not use it responsibly’, as well as blaming his stroke.

Meanwhile he also admitted that he often ‘said what I liked and often exceeded the norms of office jokes with members of the opposite sex’.

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Meanwhile, Max also suggested that a stroke in 2006 affected his decision-making skills and made him ’emotionally lazy’.

Max Stafford-Clark, 80, has admitted to being ‘stupid’ after he was allegedly fired from his own company after he told a colleague that if he were younger he would ask him ‘like a mouse up a drain’ ‘ Contact.

Writing in his new book, he said the allegations had ‘demolished his world’, adding: ‘I am certainly not claiming that any inflammatory or irresponsible remarks I made between 2006 and 2017’ It was because of the injuries I had suffered.

But I am clear that my prevailing tendency towards provocation was at times sharp and uncontrolled.

Meanwhile he said being forced to ‘face the past’ was ‘not easy’, claiming that he ‘opened the closet and found some rattling skeletons’.

He also said that he mainly felt “angry and dismayed” at his “stupidity and thoughtless recklessness”.

Gina Ebolins, a 29-year-old production assistant at the time, claimed that Mr Stafford-Clark asked her to try on a bikini and encouraged her to have casual sex so he could tell her about it.

Gina Ebolins, a 29-year-old production assistant at the time, claimed that Mr Stafford-Clark asked her to try on a bikini and encouraged her to have casual sex so he could tell her about it.

Despite this, he said that some of the allegations were ‘stupid’, continuing: ‘For example, it was alleged that I coaxed a female colleague into my office to read an obscene and obscene scene from a play.

‘The play was actually Cloud 9 by Keryl Churchill and the associate education manager who had never seen or read it.’

He continued: ‘All I can say is that I am deeply sorry for any behavior that has hurt or offended me, and I sincerely apologize to whoever has been in the end. If it is any consolation, the punishment has been duly hardened. Theater has been my life and it has been difficult to pull it off suddenly.

In the book’s foreword, Danny Boyle pays tribute to Max’s ‘stage building for women writers long before they were fashionable or imperative’.

Mr Stafford-Clark married his third wife, Stella, in 2010 and has a daughter, Kitty, from his second marriage.  He has used a wheelchair and walking stick since 2006, when he had a stroke (pictured with Stella)

Mr Stafford-Clark married his third wife, Stella, in 2010 and has a daughter, Kitty, from his second marriage. He has used a wheelchair and walking stick since 2006, when he had a stroke (pictured with Stella)

The film director writes: ‘He was also accompanied, as he now admits, of language abuse in his relationships with some women and his position of power. His reputation has now been badly tarnished by this revelation.

Meanwhile retired theater critic Michael Billington said he felt ‘it is a time for forgiveness’, adding: ‘Your family, especially your wonderful wife Stella, and your daughter Kitty, are loyal to you during these difficult years. have been standing since.’

In July 2017, Gina Ebolins, then-29, a production assistant, told the theater company’s board that the director, who uses a wheelchair, told her: ‘Back in the day, I lifted you up like a mouse. Gives. A drain pipe.’

She claimed that Mr Stafford-Clark asked her to try a bikini and encouraged her to have casual sex so that he could tell her about it.

Miss Ebolins said Guardian She felt ‘rogue and objectionable’ by the director’s lewd comments and claimed that she ‘used her power in a crude way’.

The director, who was the longest-serving artistic director of London's Royal Court Theatre, co-founded a small touring company Out of Joint with producer Sonia Friedman in 1993 (pictured, in plays directed by Stafford-Clarke since a)

The director, who was the longest-serving artistic director of London’s Royal Court Theatre, co-founded a small touring company Out of Joint with producer Sonia Friedman in 1993 (pictured, in plays directed by Stafford-Clarke since a)

Mr Stafford-Clark married his third wife, Stella, in 2010 and has a daughter, Kitty, from his second marriage. He has used a wheelchair and walking stick since 2006, when he suffered a stroke.

He explained to Miss Abolins that he could not do what he wanted with her because of his disability.

She claimed she added: ‘I am a reformed character now. My disability means I am practically a virgin again.’

Mr Stafford-Clark (pictured in Out of Joint Theater Company) married his third wife, Stella, in 2010 and has a daughter, Kitty, from his second marriage.

Mr Stafford-Clark (pictured in Out of Joint Theater Company) married his third wife, Stella, in 2010 and has a daughter, Kitty, from his second marriage.

Miss Ebolins made a formal complaint to the company. He was discharged and the director was suspended during the investigation. When he announced his retirement Mr Stafford-Clarke claimed he was leaving to focus on his ‘freelance career’.

At the time, the theater company praised him on social media for ‘his brilliant commissions and bold revivals’, while others praised his achievements as one of Britain’s most iconic directors.

Miss Ebolins, who attended Out of Joint in 2016, said she felt “upset, disappointed and a little angry” when her behavior was not mentioned in the announcement of her departure.

Two other women shared their experiences with Mr Stafford-Clarke. Steffi Holtz, 25, who was the director’s assistant, said she was ‘in total shock’ by an alleged lewd remark. She also said that he touched her from below while commenting on her ‘nice a s***’.

Playwright Rachel De-Lahey told The Guardian that Mr Stafford-Clark asked her about losing her…

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