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Paramount is investigating allegations that Sylvester Stallone used derogatory language on the set of “Tulsa King.”

Paramount is investigating allegations that Sylvester Stallone used derogatory language on the set of “Tulsa King.”

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Sylvester Stallone in 2023


Paramount is looking into allegations that Sylvester Stallone used derogatory language about background actors on the set of “Tulsa King,” which is streaming on Paramount+, sources told CNN.

The studio is investigating allegations that first surfaced on social media in which Stallone is accused of referring to some performers who work as extras on the set of the TV series as “ugly,” a “tub of lard” and a “fat man with a cane.” According to two sources close to the show.

“Bring pretty young girls to be around me,” Stallone was accused of when he was heard telling the “Tulsa King” director in another social media post about the group.

No formal complaints have been filed against Stallone or the director, the two production sources told CNN. The individuals said human resources staff became aware of the accusations through social media posts.

said Craig Zisk, director and executive producer of “Tulsa King.” TMZ “No such insults were made.”

CNN has reached out to representatives for Stallone and Zisk.

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Sylvester Stallone as Dwight “General” Manfredi in “Tulsa King.”

The social media posts detailing the allegations appear to have originated on Facebook groups about actors' background experiences on the set of “Tulsa King,” but were disseminated more widely when The alleged screenshots were shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, by television writer Julie Benson. Although she doesn't work on “Tulsa King,” Benson said she learned about the allegations from a friend who works as a background actor on the show.

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In An environment that I wasn't comfortable putting myself or my background artists into.

Sources also told CNN that the casting agency has resigned from the TV show.

Posted on Facebook Official Page Locke's company, Catrett Locke Casting, confirmed that it has “chosen to part ways” with the “Tulsa King,” though the post did not specify why.

A source close to production on both seasons of “Tulsa King” told CNN that producers were aiming to match the same tone and feel to the background actors who appeared in the show's first season, and the new actors for season two were not what the director requested. From casting. The individual added that the director asked the casting agent to send photos of the actors in the background, which caused a rift and ultimately the casting company's resignation.

In addition, some background actors asked to take photos with Stallone on set, the production source added.

The matter is now being investigated through interviews with cast and crew as production continues, according to both sources familiar with the current situation. One source said cameras recently started filming Season 2 of “Tulsa King” and that the investigation does not change production plans in any way.

Stallone and the director continue working as planned.

A production source told CNN that Paramount prides itself on a “fair and respectful workplace.” The other source, also familiar with the investigation, said it is being taken seriously to make sure everyone feels safe at work and is happy while filming.

CNN reached out to SAG-AFTRA, which represents background actors, to ask if the union is aware of — or is investigating — any of the allegations surrounding the “Tulsa King.” A representative for the CSA, the nonprofit Casting Society that represents more than 1,000 casting professionals, told CNN that background casting directors are not included in its membership.

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101 Studios, the production company behind Paramount's blockbuster hit “Yellowstone,” is producing “Tulsa King” in association with MTV Entertainment Studios, which is owned by Paramount.

CNN has reached out to representatives for 101 Studios and Paramount for comment.