On a night set up to be a celebration of empowerment, Elle magazine’s Women in Hollywood gala turned into an evening of shared stories about sexual assault and harassment.
At the star-studded event Monday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, actresses including Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Lake Bell, Tavi Gevinson and Bellamy Young were upfront about their personal experiences in wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
I don't really believe that jazz has become elitist, but ... maybe people forget that not everybody is used to this music anymore. Maybe we do need to do a little extra work to make sure everybody knows what we're trying to do up here. Because it's very enjoyable.
As allegations pile up against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and others in his orbit, Los Angeles’ city attorney, Mike Feuer, is urging victims of sexual harassment and abuse to come forward so officials can champion them.
“We know this is not just a Hollywood thing — it’s a workplace thing, arising all too often in virtually every industry,” Feuer said in a statement Tuesday, pledging to believe victims and, when possible, prosecute the people who have wronged them.
His office is encouraging victims of harassment or abuse that took place in L.A. to contact the Los Angeles Police Department.
A Canadian actress added her voice to the chorus of women bringing allegations against Harvey Weinstein, saying the producer asked her to bare her chest and tried to kiss her on the lips while name-dropping famous actresses and dangling career opportunities.
Larissa Gomes was a 21-year-old actress about 17 years ago when she was working on the Toronto set of “Get Over It,” a Miramax-produced teen flick, she wrote in an account emailed to The Times this week. Weinstein approached her and asked for her opinion about the production, and mentioned multiple films his company shoots in Canada each year.
“I had literally just began acting … and here I was meeting the most powerful producer of the time,” she wrote. “It was intoxicating, it was validating.”
In its statement kicking Weinstein out of the group in the wake of allegations of sexual assault and harassment against him, the academy's board said that it was working to establish "ethical standards of conduct" for all members.
To many, that immediately raised questions about whether other members who've been charged with sexual misconduct, such as Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski, might also be purged.
As stories of sexual abuse and harassment ramped up online, prompted by Alyssa Milano's #MeToo campaign, actress America Ferrera's revelation was particularly heartbreaking.
The first time a man sexually assaulted her, she alleges, she was only 9 years old.
The Emmy-winning "Ugly Betty" alum, 33, shared her story on social media Monday, just as several high-profile stars including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence and singer Björk publicly recounted their own in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Björk, who on Sunday said she had been sexually harassed by a Danish film director years ago, went into more detail Tuesday about what allegedly happened.
Calling it "extremely difficult" to go public on the topic and expecting immediate ridicule "from offenders," the singer wrote on Facebook that she could "fully sympathise with everyone who hesitates, even for years. but i feel it is the right time especially now when it could make a change."
Once again, Björk didn't name the director involved, but coverage of her on-set relationship with "Dancer in the Dark," director Lars von Trier verifies that she is referring to him. That the two didn't get along has been public for years.
Not even death can stop Carrie Fisher from having the perfect response to the wave of sexual assault allegations coming to light within Hollywood.
Screenwriter Heather Robinson – who also goes by Heather Ross – called in to a Tucson radio show Monday to share her own experience with a lecherous unnamed studio executive, only to reveal she had a secret ally looking out for her.
Robinson told "The Morning Mix with Greg Curtis and Mrs. Grant" on 94.9 MIXfm that she moved to California in 2000 and met with an Oscar-winning producer who proceeded to sexually assault her while the two were on their way to lunch.
Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg went on the record about Harvey Weinstein's "reprehensible" open secret, pulling back the curtain on the disgraced producer's reputed behavior and why the industry overlooked it.
The writer, who worked on "Con Air" and "High Fidelity," worked closely with brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein from the mid-'90s to the early 2000s — an era that included several of the producers' beloved and award-winning films at their previous studio, Miramax.
It was also an era in which many of the former studio mogul's accusers allege that he sexually harassed or assaulted them. Harvey Weinstein has since been fired from the Weinstein Co., ejected from the Motion Picture Academy and is under scrutiny at the Producers Guild and by several police departments in the wake of the bombshell allegations, several of which he denied.