Directors Guild Begins Disciplinary Action Against Harvey Weinstein, Condemns Sexual Harassment
"We believe that every individual has the right to a safe workplace. The unfortunate truth is that there are those who abuse the power that they hold."
The Directors Guild of America on Saturday held a meeting of its national board of directors, where it addressed the decades of sexual harassment, assault and rape allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
President Thomas Schlamme announced that the guild filed disciplinary charges against Weinstein, a DGA member, on Oct. 13. "As a man in this industry, I have a responsibility to not just condemn the actions of others, but to look inside myself," he said. "I ask all of us to do the same. Unless we recognize what has become so acceptable in our culture and how we possibly, even unconsciously, are participants, everything else will be meaningless. Changing culture is a long and difficult journey, but the first step towards that is acknowledgment. With that I am hopeful that this story will be different than the countless other stories that over the years have been ignored or dismissed. And with the hard work that needs to be done, we can finally be on a road to a better and safer future for all."
Though the DGA does not normally comment on such topics, the guild "has decided to make an exception in this case to acknowledge the filing of charges. However, because of due process concerns that are a part of federal requirements for labor unions, the DGA cannot comment further," read a statement from the guild.
The board issued the following statement:
The DGA condemns sexual harassment. There must be no tolerance for such deplorable abuses of power. This isn’t about one person. We must recognize sexual harassment is endemic in our society, and painfully, in our industry.
We believe that every individual has the right to a safe workplace. The unfortunate truth is that there are those who abuse the power that they hold.
For far too long, many have not spoken out — directors, agents, crew, executives, performers, producers, writers. This shameful code of complicity must be broken.
As directors and team members who solve problems for a living, we are committed to eradicating the scourge of sexual harassment on our industry.