‘It’s heart­en­ing to see abusers be­ing shunned’

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Pro­ducer Har­vey Weinstein and stars Dustin Hoff­man and Kevin Spacey could be big names in Hol­ly­wood, but al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct have made com­pa­nies boy­cott them. Their stature didn’t be­come their refuge. Ac­tor Nim­rat Kaur, who has worked in Western TV shows such as Home­land and Way­ward Pines, says that she is happy to see that Hol­ly­wood shunned a num­ber of celebri­ties ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

“It comes down to how much sup­port one gets from the sys­tem in such sit­u­a­tions. In this case, it’s heart­en­ing to see that com­pa­nies in the West have shunned some of the big­gest names. They are not scared,” she says.

She adds, “We live in a so­ci­ety where worse has hap­pened to girls…there have been in­ci­dents where women have had to face ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour. It is not re­stricted to the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. It can hap­pen any­where.”

The ac­tor says that when peo­ple come out in sup­port of vic­tims, it en­cour­ages other vic­tims to speak up. “They get to know that if they will speak up, they will get sup­port from the right peo­ple.”

Nim­rat Kaur

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