Di­rec­tor calls for cul­ture change

Apa­tow calls out Hol­ly­wood ‘ cow­ards’

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Judd Apa­tow has called for change in Hol­ly­wood af­ter the Har­vey We­in­stein sex­ual mis­con­duct scan­dal.

Since The New York Times pub­lished an ex­posé in Oc­to­ber claim­ing We­in­stein had sex­u­ally ha­rassed and as­saulted women for decades, the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try has been rocked by scan­dal, with women and men com­ing for­ward to also ac­cuse James Toback, Kevin Spacey and Louis C. K., among oth­ers, of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour.

Now in a can­did in­ter­view with Dead­line, Apa­tow has called out the “cow­ards” in the film in­dus­try who re­fused to ac­knowl­edge a cul­ture of ha­rass­ment.

“Most of this is about vi­o­lence and very se­ri­ous ha­rass­ment,” he said. “There’s cer­tainly a level of it which is about peo­ple be­ing dis­re­spect­ful, and they shouldn’t be, but the ma­jor­ity of this is about vi­o­lent crime, and about why peo­ple in our in­dus­try were and are will­ing to ig­nore vi­o­lent crimes to line their own pock­ets, or pro­tect their ca­reers. That’s what this is about.

How come peo­ple worked with Har­vey We­in­stein when they knew that he was as­sault­ing peo­ple?”

He also dis­cussed Daryl Han­nah’s ac­count of mul­ti­ple al­leged at­tempts by We­in­stein to get into her ho­tel room, in­clud­ing one in­stance where she felt the need to bar­ri­cade her­self in with a dresser block­ing the door.

“If one of the lead ac­tresses of my film called me up and said, ‘ I had to put a dresser up against the door be­cause one of your pro­duc­ers was try­ing to push his way in,’ I would never work with that per­son again, and I would tell some­body,” the 49- year- old said.

But Apa­tow be­lieves sex­ual mis­con­duct can’t ever be fully erased from Hol­ly­wood.

“We’re al­ways go­ing to see it hap­pen again. We just might re­duce it. Be­cause there’s al­ways rapists, there’s al­ways murderers. There’s al­ways peo­ple who com­mit sex­ual ha­rass­ment,” he said. “It’s just about how we deal with it.”

The fa­ther of two, who is mar­ried to ac­tress Les­lie Mann, called for a con­struc­tive way to not only pre­vent sex­ual ha­rass­ment from hap­pen­ing again, but for vic­tims to be sup­ported.

“There are prob­a­bly a lot of ways that we can cre­ate ac­count­abil­ity for ev­ery­body. But peo­ple should talk about what hap­pened. I think peo­ple are just be­gin­ning to re­al­ize that they should speak up ... We need to find a way to make it pos­si­ble for them to do that.”


Di­rec­tor Judd Apa­tow is call­ing for change in Hol­ly­wood af­ter re­cent sex scan­dals rocked the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

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