SCH­WIM­MER FIGHTS AGAINST SEX­UAL ABUSE

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Amer­i­can ac­tor David Sch­wim­mer (above), best known for play­ing the char­ac­ter Ross Geller in the sit­com Friends, stars in one of six short videos re­leased on Mon­day as part of the cam­paign, #ThatsHarassment. He’s also one of the ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers for the project. The 50-year-old ac­tor teamed up with Is­raeli di­rec­tor Si­gal Avin, who last year re­leased short videos, based on real-life in­ci­dents of sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

For both Sch­wim­mer and Avin, the is­sue is dear to their hearts, due to per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences. Sch­wim­mer, who has a six-year-old daugh­ter, said that he had grown con­cerned af­ter hear­ing “count­less sto­ries” of sex­ual ha­rass­ment. “Ev­ery wo­man in my fam­ily, in my life, has been ha­rassed,” he said, adding, “The prob­lem is that peo­ple don’t step for­ward or say some­thing, if they’re wit­ness­ing it be­cause of fear of re­tal­i­a­tion.” One of the videos, ti­tled The Co-worker, fea­tures a male bar­tender telling his fe­male col­league about drunk cus­tomers mak­ing lewd com­ments about “grab­bing” women by the gen­i­tals. Though an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s boast in a 2005 video about grab­bing women’s gen­i­tals, Sch­wim­mer dismissed any such claims. “This is not a par­ti­san lib­eral Hol­ly­wood throw­ing their arms up against the Trump’ is­sue,” he said. “Ev­ery wo­man, no mat­ter what her po­lit­i­cal be­liefs are, is sub­ject to sex­ual ha­rass­ment.” In an­other video, The Boss, Sch­wim­mer plays an of­fice worker who claims to show his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to a re­luc­tant as­sis­tant by kiss­ing her. The videos, avail­able on Face­book, also fea­ture ac­tors Cyn­thia Nixon best known from the TV se­ries, Sex in the City, Emmy Ros­sum from U.S. com­edy se­ries, Shame­less and Cris­tela Alonzo from sit­com Cris­tela.

FRIENDS STAR, DAVID SCH­WIM­MER RE­LEASED SIX SHORT VIDEOS AS PART OF THE CAM­PAIGN, #THATSHARASSMENT

PHOTO: TONY CENICOLA/THE NEW YORK TIMES

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