‘We­in­stein ef­fect’ gets global trac­tion

Half of #metoo men­tions come from out­side the U.S

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The sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Har­vey We­in­stein that rocked Hol­ly­wood and sparked a flurry of al­le­ga­tions in other Amer­i­can in­dus­tries, as well as the po­lit­i­cal arena, are reach­ing far be­yond U.S. borders. Em­bold­ened by the women, and men, who have spo­ken up, the “We­in­stein ef­fect” is rip­pling across the globe.

Nearly half of the “#metoo” men­tions since the move­ment has been launched have come from out­side the U.S., and decades-old ac­cu­sa­tions have led to the down­fall of some of those coun­tries’ most pow­er­ful men.

UNITED KING­DOM

In the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the Har­vey We­in­stein rev­e­la­tions, the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment led by Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May has been rocked by a se­ries of ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions that have led to one high-level res­ig­na­tion — that of De­fence Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon — and threat­ened the po­si­tion of First Sec­re­tary of State Damian Green, a vi­tal ally of the prime min­is­ter.

The ac­cu­sa­tions have come from par­lia­men­tary re­searchers, staff and jour­nal­ists. Some have said the po­lit­i­cal par­ties in­volved failed to take ac­tion and ac­tively dis­cour­aged vic­tims from go­ing to po­lice. Claims range from un­wanted touch­ing to al­le­ga­tions of rape. At least one case in­volv­ing a leg­is­la­tor has been re­ferred to po­lice for pos­si­ble prose­cu­tion, with the de­tails kept pri­vate. Green, the prime min­is­ter’s chief aide and a de facto deputy prime min­is­ter, was ac­cused by a young Con­ser­va­tive Party ac­tivist of in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing and text mes­sages and a for­mer se­nior po­lice­man says “ex­treme” pornog­ra­phy was found on a com­puter in Green’s of­fice in 2008 — which Green de­nies and calls a po­lit­i­cal smear.

IS­RAEL

The flood­gates opened in Is­rael when, dur­ing a TV panel dis­cus­sion about the ha­rass­ment in Hol­ly­wood, Chan­nel 10 jour­nal­ist Oshrat Kotler re­vealed that Is­raeli me­dia mogul and In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee mem­ber Alex Gi­lady had made an “in­de­cent” pro­posal to her dur­ing a job in­ter­view 25 years ago. Haaretz colum­nist Neri Livneh then added that Gi­lady ex­posed him­self to her dur­ing a 1999 busi­ness meet­ing at his home. Two other women later came for­ward say­ing Gi­lady had raped them. He de­nied the rape ac­cu­sa­tions, said he doesn’t re­call the Kotler in­ci­dent but said Livneh’s claim was “mainly cor­rect” and apol­o­gized. As a re­sult, Gi­lady, a for­mer sports ex­ec­u­tive at NBC, stepped down as pres­i­dent of the lo­cal Keshet broad­cast­ing com­pany he founded. The IOC also said it is look­ing into the al­le­ga­tions.

ITALY

In Italy, the We­in­stein scan­dal has been front-page news ever since it broke be­cause Ital­ian ac­tress Asia Ar­gento was one of the main, named ac­cusers in an ex­pose by The New Yorker.

The scan­dal has taken on new life with ac­cu­sa­tions by 10 women that an Ital­ian tele­vi­sion and film di­rec­tor, Fausto Brizzi, mo­lested them. An in­ves­tiga­tive TV show re­ported ini­tial ac­cu­sa­tions with­out nam­ing the di­rec­tor last month, but in a fol­lowup re­port Sun­day named Brizzi. He has stren­u­ously de­nied hav­ing non-con­sen­sual sex. On Tues­day, the Ital­ian unit of Warner Bros. sus­pended all fu­ture new work with Brizzi.

SOUTH AFRICA

In South Africa, for­mer mem­ber of par­lia­ment Jen­nifer Fer­gu­son came for­ward to al­lege she was raped in 1993 by Danny Jor­daan, pres­i­dent of the coun­try’s soc­cer as­so­ci­a­tion. Jor­daan de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tion.

PERU

In Peru, this year’s beauty pageant to se­lect the coun­try’s can­di­date for the Miss Uni­verse competition was a sur­prise venue for de­nounc­ing gen­der-based vi­o­lence against women.

In­stead of cit­ing their body measurements, as is cus­tom­ary, each of the 23 con­tes­tants re­counted fright­en­ing sta­tis­tics about the mis­treat­ment of women in the South Amer­i­can na­tion.

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The sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault al­le­ga­tions against Har­vey We­in­stein are reach­ing be­yond U.S. borders.

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