White Lotus’s F Murray Abraham sacked over sexual misconduct

F Murray Abraham was sacked from the show Mythic Quest last year, following sexual misconduct allegations. Photo: Getty Images

F Murray Abraham was sacked from the show Mythic Quest last year, following sexual misconduct allegations. Photo: Getty Images

Award-winning actor and White Lotus star F Murray Abraham was sacked from a TV production due to sexual misconduct complaints, it has been revealed.

Abraham, 83, departed the Apple TV+ show Mythic Quest last year, although few details were given at the time.

Abraham played the head writer of Mythic Quest in two seasons of the video game-based workplace comedy. His departure ahead of season three was announced by the streamer last year.

Now, Rolling Stone has confirmed at least two alleged incidents of “inappropriate behaviour” resulted in him being let go.

Abraham was reportedly given a warning after the first accusation, and told to stay away from women in the cast, a production source told Rolling Stone.

Then the show’s creator and star, Rob McElhenney, apparently learned of a second allegation.

The details of the two incidents have been kept under wraps.

We take allegations of misconduct seriously and investigate them thoroughly,” production studio Lionsgate said in a statement to Rolling Stone on Tuesday (AEST).

“As a matter of corporate policy, we do not discuss our personnel actions.”

Mythic Quest wrote out Abraham’s character, CW Longbottom, at the start of its third season, which aired in November last year, essentially killing him off.

Abraham has starred in several high-profile movies and TV shows throughout his career.

His last acting credit was the second season of The White Lotus, where he played Bert Di Grasso, a frail womaniser, who has many problematic run-ins with women while holidaying in Sicily with his son and grandson.

“I just thought it’d be funny to have an actor who also has this kind of buoyancy and a ‘What me worry?’ type of attitude,” the show’s creator Mike White told The New York Times in an interview regarding the casting.

“There’s something very mischievous about Murray, and he could obviously play the villain. But he also has this likeable, unsinkable quality to him.”

Abraham’s role earned him a Golden Globe for best supporting actor. He also won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his role in the 1984 film, Amadeus.

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