US law professor, who was harassed herself, will chair efforts to combat sexual harassment across the American entertainment industry.
Hollywood Forms Commission On Sexual Abuse
Anita Hill, a US law professor who accused then Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991 is to lead a new Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.
American entertainment heavyweights are funding the commission following a spate of sexual abuse cases, mainly in the US film and TV industries.
Although no formal mission statement has been adopted, the commission said it will lead the entertainment industry toward alignment in achieving safer, fairer, more equitable and accountable workplaces — particularly for women and marginalized people.
The attendees emphasized that safe and inclusive work environments result in stronger and more successful businesses.
This comes days after a Hollywood actress describes numerous attempts how a powerful film producer wanted to force her into sexual acts and relations.
Salma Hayek, 51, a well-known Hollywood actress, has become the latest movie star to accuse film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Hayek’s allegations follow those from women in Hollywood, including Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and Annabella Sciorra.
In an article for the New York Times, the Mexican-born actress referred to Weinstein as her “monster”.
Weinstein, was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster. “For years, he was my monster,” she wrote.
In the article, Hayek also writes that she spent years saying “no” to the disgraced producer following his demands for sexual acts with her. She joins numerous other women in Hollywood who have accused Weinstein of similar impropriety.