Disney Theatrical Group president Tom Schumacher — producer of the upcoming Broadway show Frozen — has reportedly drawn complaints from co-workers alleging that he engages in inappropriate workplace behavior. According to the Wall Street Journal, some who have worked with Schumacher say he’s used explicit language, commented on people’s sexual attractiveness, and openly discussed pornography. The report also details an episode where Schumacher walked through the office in a bathrobe, saying he had nothing on underneath and recalls complaints Bruce Williams made about Schumacher. Williams says Schumacher repeatedly “salacious and inappropriate” remarks, which he complained to superiors about in 1994. At that time, Williams was reportedly told that Schumacher apologized, however, Williams decided to leave Disney in 1995. A Disney spokesperson says they have no record of Williams’ complaints.
A person close to Schumacher told the Journal that he, “at times acknowledged using inappropriate language, expressed regret, and committed to being more mindful and adhering to company policies going forward,” although he denies the incidents described in the story. Meanwhile, a Disney spokesperson said that, at the company, “complaints are thoroughly investigated and appropriate action is taken.”