Filming for White House Plumbers suspended while HBO 'investigates unprofessional behavior' on set

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    Production on the upcoming HBO limited-series The White House Plumbers is temporarily suspended amid an investigation by the network into ‘alleged unprofessional behavior on set.’

    HBO is looking into a reported altercation that is said to have occurred this week between director/executive producer David Mandel and a member of the crew, Deadline reported on Friday.

    Woody Harrelson, 60, and Justin Theroux, 49 are set to star in the five-part miniseries set during the controversial Nixon administration from 1972-1974. 

    Set scandal: Production on the upcoming HBO limited-series The White House Plumbers is temporarily suspended amid an investigation by the network into 'alleged unprofessional behavior on set,' Deadline reported Friday

    Set scandal: Production on the upcoming HBO limited-series The White House Plumbers is temporarily suspended amid an investigation by the network into ‘alleged unprofessional behavior on set,’ Deadline reported Friday 

    HBO reportedly received reports of an incident of ‘unprofessional behavior’ on The White House Plumbers set and confirmed to Deadline in a statement that they were halting production to investigate. 

    ‘We take very seriously our responsibility to ensure a respectful work environment on all our productions, and we are investigating the matter fully,’ the network said.

    The brief statement included no further details but a source revealed that an ‘altercation’ happened on set Wednesday between David Mandel and someone working in the prop department.

    The incident: HBO is looking into a reported altercation that is said to have occurred Wednesday between director/executive producer David Mandel and a member of the prop department, according to a source

    The incident: HBO is looking into a reported altercation that is said to have occurred Wednesday between director/executive producer David Mandel and a member of the prop department, according to a source

    While this recent alleged incident is the apparent focus of the inquiry by HBO, the outlet added that there may have been a second altercation the following day which prompted the prop depart to threaten to quit ‘in protest.’

    'We take very seriously our responsibility to ensure a respectful work environment on all our productions, and we are investigating the matter fully,' the network said in a statement to Deadline

    ‘We take very seriously our responsibility to ensure a respectful work environment on all our productions, and we are investigating the matter fully,’ the network said in a statement to Deadline

    ‘The production halt (with no reason provided) was revealed in a call sheet sent out Thursday night,’ Deadline wrote. 

    ‘The document included a note with contacts for anyone to report bullying on set, according to sources who indicated that this week’s incidents may not have been isolated.’ 

    Prior to the shutdown, production was in full swing this week in New York State.

    Lena Heady was seen filming a scene at a diner in Millbrook, NY dressed in retro 70s attire. 

    The Game of Thrones actress wore he brunette hair down and coifed in the style of the times with a brown printed headband that matched her dress. 

    The British beauty sported a patterned polyester A-line dress with long sleeves and a belt with a matching pair of chunky brown leather vintage Fendi high heel loafers. 

    More: While this recent alleged incident is the apparent focus of the inquiry by HBO, the outlet added that there may have been a second altercation the following day which prompted the prop depart to threaten to quit 'in protest' (Lena Heady pictured on set Thursday)

    More: While this recent alleged incident is the apparent focus of the inquiry by HBO, the outlet added that there may have been a second altercation the following day which prompted the prop depart to threaten to quit ‘in protest’ (Lena Heady pictured on set Thursday)

    Before the halt: Prior to the shutdown, production was in full swing this week in New York State as Heady was seen filming a scene at a diner in Millbrook dressed in retro 70s attire

    Before the halt: Prior to the shutdown, production was in full swing this week in New York State as Heady was seen filming a scene at a diner in Millbrook dressed in retro 70s attire

    Before the halt: Prior to the shutdown, production was in full swing this week in New York State as Heady was seen filming a scene at a diner in Millbrook dressed in retro 70s attire

    The White House Plumbers stars Justin Theroux as G. Gordon Liddy alongside Cheers vet Woody Harrelson as E. Howard Hunt during the infamous 1972 Watergate scandal. 

    The project hails from the executive producers of Veep and is based on public records in addition to the book Integrity by Egil ‘Bud’ Krogh and Matthew Krogh.  

    E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy plotted the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington, D.C.. 

    They were instrumental in the toppling of US President Richard Nixon despite working tirelessly to protect the administration at any cost. 

    'The production halt (with no reason provided) was revealed in a call sheet sent out Thursday night,' Deadline wrote. (Mandel pictured on set giving direction to Lena Heady)

    ‘The production halt (with no reason provided) was revealed in a call sheet sent out Thursday night,’ Deadline wrote. (Mandel pictured on set giving direction to Lena Heady)

    Both members of the ‘White House Plumbers’ — a special investigations unit created to stop the leak of classified information such as the Pentagon Papers to the media — the duo organized a break in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

    Liddy and Hunt were convicted of conspiracy, burglary, and illegal wiretapping after their operatives were arrested in the DNC headquarters in 1972 — what was dubbed the Watergate scandal. 

    Liddy refused to testify to the Senate committee investigating the scandal and served nearly 52 months in prison, whereas Hunt spent 33 months in prison. 

    Stars: Woody Harrelson, 60, and Justin Theroux, 49 are set to star in the five-part miniseries set during the controversial Nixon administration from 1972-1974 as G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, respectively

    Stars: Woody Harrelson, 60, and Justin Theroux, 49 are set to star in the five-part miniseries set during the controversial Nixon administration from 1972-1974 as G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, respectively 

    Game of Thrones actress Lena Heady will take on the role of Hunt’s wife Dorothy in the series.  

    Run star Domhnall Gleeson is playing John Dean who pleaded guilty to a felony in connection with the coverup and turned key witness for the prosecution. 

    He served a reduced sentence at a facility in Maryland and was disbarred.  

    The star studded cast also features Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Ike Barinholtz (The Oath) and John Carroll Lynch (Zodiac).

    On screen: Run star Domhnall Gleeson is playing John Dean who pleaded guilty to a felony in connection with the coverup and turned key witness for the prosecution (Gleeson and Theroux film in New York in June with director Mandel walking behind)

    On screen: Run star Domhnall Gleeson is playing John Dean who pleaded guilty to a felony in connection with the coverup and turned key witness for the prosecution (Gleeson and Theroux film in New York in June with director Mandel walking behind)

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