‘We­in­stein Ef­fect’ goes global as pow­er­ful men con­fronted

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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 US 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 US, and decades-old accusations have led to the down­fall of some of those coun­tries’ most pow­er­ful men. Here’s a look at where the fall­out — and the falls — have re­ver­ber­ated most strongly, from the United King­dom and Is­rael to In­dia and Peru. 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 De­fense Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon— and threat­ened the po­si­tion of First Sec­re­tary of State Damian Green, a vi­tal ally of the prime min­is­ter.

IS­RAEL The flood­gates opened in Is­rael ear­lier this month 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.

IN­DIA In In­dia, there have yet to be dra­matic reper­cus­sions.

Vrinda Grover, a New Delhi lawyer and women’s rights ac­tivist, said pow­er­ful men for cen­turies have as­sumed sex­ual en­ti­tle­ment and that is go­ing to take years to change. She said there has been in­creased con­ver­sa­tion about the prob­lem in re­cent years but that sex­ual ha­rass­ment con­tin­ues and au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing the po­lice, of­ten de­lib­er­ately im­pede sex­ual as­sault in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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 fol­low-up re­port Sun­day named Brizzi. He has stren­u­ously de­nied hav­ing non-con­sen­sual sex. FRANCE French women are de­nounc­ing al­leged abusers with un­prece­dented open­ness, on so­cial net­works and in po­lice sta­tions around the coun­try, where re­ports of rape, ha­rass­ment and other abuse are on the rise. An on­line cam­paign un­der the hash­tag #bal­ance­ton­porc (“squeal on your pig”) kicked off in French even be­fore the “#metoo” cam­paign be­gan and went vi­ral glob­ally.

But no pow­er­ful fig­ures in France have lost their jobs or rep­u­ta­tions and there’s been no na­tion­wide clam­our for heads to roll. French crit­ics have warned against an Amer­i­can-style back­lash that could de­monise ro­mance and catch in­no­cent men in the net. – AP

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