SAG-AFTRA Condemns "Disgraceful" Harvey Weinstein
The statement comes amid a chorus of condemnation and disgust.
SAG-AFTRA issued a statement Monday condemning embattled producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment as “abhorrent and unacceptable,” and commending the “courage and candor” of women who speak out — a group that included actresses who are no doubt SAG-AFTRA members — and the “extraordinary reporting” of The New York Times, which first revealed the allegations last Thursday.
In the wake of the Times story, a third of The Weinstein Co.'s board resigned, and the remainder, after appointing an outside law firm to investigate, fired Weinstein on Sunday — but not before he desperately begged Hollywood executives at studios, networks and talent agencies to write a letter he could present to the board to help save his job. The company also advised network partners that they could remove Weinstein’s credit from TWC television shows.
Amid a rising tide of condemnation in Hollywood and elsewhere, the incident has left the company’s future, and certainly its very name, in doubt.
The SAG-AFTRA statement also urged members to call the union’s 844-Safer-Set hotline any time of day or night in the event of harassment and inappropriate or aggressive behavior.
Separately, the Canadian actors' union ACTRA weighed in. “We know that sexual discrimination and sexual harassment are very real issues in the industry and in society as a whole," said ACTRA national president David Sparrow. "It’s incumbent upon all of us to combat it and create a safe space for victims to speak out without fear of retribution or harassment. ACTRA works hard to ensure safe and respectful working environments for our members and industry partners, but we know there’s much more to do. We take reports of harassment and bullying very seriously and are watching developments on this story closely.”
Read the entire SAG-AFTRA statement here:
“We commend the courage and candor of every woman who has spoken out about the disgraceful, aggressive and inappropriate behavior they experienced with prominent industry employers. We support their right to speak out and we lift up their voices so that their truths can be fully heard. Everyone has the right to work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment.
“The behavior alleged on the part of Harvey Weinstein is abhorrent and unacceptable. Unfortunately, it is more prevalent than our industry acknowledges and many times victims are afraid to tell anyone. Those who do come forward empower themselves and others to speak out.
“We also commend The New York Times for the extraordinary reporting that uncovered and brought to light the allegations in this case.
“We believe that each of us has a fundamental right to be safe in our person and to be treated with dignity and respect at work. There is more to be done by all of us to ensure the safety of women in the industry.
“We operate the SAG-AFTRA Safety Hotline specifically for members to report safety violations including harassment and inappropriate or aggressive behavior.
“If you are being coerced or threatened or simply feel that a situation is not right or is uncomfortable – speak out. We hear you. Call 844-Safer Set any time day or night and a dedicated SAG-AFTRA rep will be notified and will help address your concerns.
“We all have the absolute right to be safe at work.”
Oct. 11, 2017, 6:15 p.m. PT updated with ACTRA statement.