UK film in­dus­try prom­ises ac­tion on ha­rass­ment, bul­ly­ing

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Bri­tain’s film in­dus­try an­nounced a plan Wed­nes­day to tackle bul­ly­ing and sex­ual ha­rass­ment, backed by stars in­clud­ing Emma Wat­son, Gemma Arter­ton and James Bond pro­ducer Bar­bara Broc­coli.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing the U.K.’s film academy, the Bri­tish Film In­sti­tute, and unions have Wat­son united be­hind a

set of prin­ci­ples in re­sponse to “ur­gent and sys­temic is­sues.”

They said the goal is “to erad­i­cate bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment and sup­port vic­tims more ef­fec­tively.”

The mea­sures in­clude pro­ce­dures for re­port­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing abuse, a com­mit­ment to take “ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion” against bul­lies and abusers, and a con­fi­den­tial sup­port line. Films will have to sign up to the prin­ci­ples to re­ceive fund­ing from the BFI, which hands out tens of mil­lions of pounds (dol­lars) to new pro­duc­tions each year.

For­mer “Harry Pot­ter” star Wat­son said the prin­ci­ples “are not just about pro­tect­ing in­di­vid­u­als but are also an im­por­tant step in em­brac­ing a greater di­ver­sity of voices” in the in­dus­try.

Scores of en­ter­tain­ment fig­ures have been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and abuse since women came for­ward to ac­cuse Hollywood pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein last year.

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