John Lasseter, head of Pixar animation and Disney, is taking a leave of absence after allegations of misconduct surfaced about him.
Current and former staff told The Hollywood Reporter that Mr. Lasseter often gave unwanted hugs and invaded personal space.
Other sources alleged he was well-known for the capture, kissing, making comments”.
In a statement, Mr. Lasseter has apologized “to anyone who has been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug”.
He apologized for his “missteps” and “any other gesture you felt crossed the line in any way, shape or form”.
“Collectively, it means the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I have let you down,” he said.
“No matter how good my intention, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected.”
Mr Lasseter, a founding member of Pixar, said that it would take six months of leave to “start taking better care of myself”.
The chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney animation studios, is one of the driving forces of the industry, and was the creator of some of the most successful films for children in the last two decades.
He has been the director of Toy Story, A bug’s Life, and Cars; and producer credits on dozens of great films such as finding Nemo, Wall-E, Up, and Frozen.
Disney, in a statement quoted by the Reuters news agency, he said that he appreciated her “candor and sincere apology” and supported his decision to take a leave of absence.
Pixar’s latest film, Coco, that Mr. Lasseter is credited as executive producer – will release November 22 in the United States, hours after his dismissal was announced.
The adventure fantasy movie is scheduled for release in cinemas of the UNITED kingdom in the month of January.