James Snyder, the leading star of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, has been fired after allegations of misconduct arose from co-star Diane Davis, who plays Snyder's on-camera wife, Ginny.
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The producers hired investigators to examine the allegations following Davis' report last November. While the specifics of the claim remain unknown, the findings were enough to result in Snyder's dismissal.
The producers also released a statement confirming Snyder's dismissal:
Immediately upon receiving this complaint the producers commissioned an independent investigation by a third party, and Mr Snyder was suspended pending the investigation's completion.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the producers decided Mr Snyder should not return to the production and terminated his contract.
In the same statement, the play's support staff has reassured the crew of their aims in making Cursed Child a safe workspace:
We are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive workplace, which is why we have robust workplace policies and procedures in place for all those involved in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
This includes strict prohibitions against harassment in any form, as well as channels through which any employee can report conduct that they believe is inappropriate. We will continue to do all we can to ensure the extremely talented team that brings this production to life feels safe, empowered, and fully supported.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continues the story of the wizarding world as a stage play, nearly two decades after the events of the Deathly Hallows, and follows Harry's family and the next generation of Hogwarts students. First opening in London in 2016, the event eventually made its way to Broadway in 2018.
A replacement for Snyder has not been announced at this time.
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