Cinefamily Suspends Activities After Sexual Harassment Allegations
Two executives recently resigned from the Los Angeles independent film venue.
Cinefamily, a Los Angeles independent film venue, on Sunday announced a temporary suspension of all activities after recent sexual harassment allegations. The statement comes after two top executives, co-founder and executive creative director Hadrian Belove and board of directors vp Shadie Elnashai, recently resigned from the company "in light of recent events."
A statement from Cinefamily reads: "Recently, claims were made alleging improper behavior by one of more members of the organization.The Board of Directors of The Cinefamily has no tolerance for any form of behavior that does not conform to the high standards demanded by our members and staff and that of common human decency."
Cinefamily also stated that an investigation is being made into the situation by Giles Miller at Lynx Insights & Investigations, an independent third party.
The temporary suspension of activities is being made to "allow for the investigation and necessary restructure of management and the board."
The sexual harassment allegations were brought to light in a recent email circulated on Monday to Cinefamily members about a 2014 case against Belove where Elnashai was also accused of "raping multiple women," according to Page Six. The case was settled.
In a previous statement on Tuesday, Cinefamily addressed the email of misconduct claims as "deeply troubling." The statement also included that Cinefamily has had one claim of harassment in the two years since the appointment of executive managing director Trevor Jones, which was of "non-violent nature and investigated thoroughly" and "action was taken in response."
Brie Larson, who is a co-founder of the Women of Cinefamily group, commented on the recent allegations as "upsetting" via social media.
"First, I would like to thank the brave survivors who spoke up - I believe you," Larson added. "The responsibility for handling allegations of this nature should never fall on the assaulted. Cinefamily prides itself on being a space of safety and communion - it is time for further action to be taken to ensure that."
Read the full Cinefamily statement released Sunday below.