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Lasseter out as animation head for Disney Co.

LOS ANGELES - In a dramatic unraveling of one of the most storied careers in animation, Walt Disney Co. is ending its relationship with John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, after allegations that he engaged in inappropriate workplace behavior.

Disney said Friday that Lasseter will leave the company at the end of the year and will assume a consulting role until then, a precipitous fall for one of the most influential figures within the Burbank-based entertainment giant.

"John had a remarkable tenure at Pixar and Disney Animation, reinventing the animation business, taking breathtaking risks, and telling original, high quality stories that will last forever," said Walt Disney Co.

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