‘We­in­stein Ef­fect’ goes global as men are ac­cused

San Francisco Chronicle - - WORLD - By Aron Heller Aron Heller is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

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 U.S. bor­ders. Em­bold­ened by the women, and men, who have spo­ken up, the “We­in­stein Ef­fect” is rip­pling across the globe.

Here’s a look at where the fall­out has re­ver­ber­ated most strongly:

United King­dom: The Bri­tish govern­ment has been rocked by a series of ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions that have led to one high­level res­ig­na­tion — that of De­fense Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon— and threat­ened the po­si­tion of First Sec­re­tary of State Damian Green. The accusations have come from par­lia­men­tary re­searchers, staff and jour­nal­ists.


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. He de­nied the rape accusations, said he doesn’t re­call the Kotler in­ci­dent but said Livneh’s claim was “mainly cor­rect” and apol­o­gized.

Italy:The We­in­stein

scan­dal has been front­page news ever since it broke be­cause Ital­ian ac­tress Asia Ar­gento was one of the main, named ac­cusers in an ex­pose by the New Yorker. Her ac­cu­sa­tion of rape gen­er­ated a hos­tile back­lash at home, with Ital­ian news­pa­per ed­i­to­ri­als and com­men­tary ac­cus­ing her of cre­at­ing trou­ble. But the scan­dal has taken on new life with accusations by 10 women that an Ital­ian tele­vi­sion and film di­rec­tor, Fausto Brizzi, mo­lested them.

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 in the U.S. and went vi­ral glob­ally.

South Africa: In South

Africa, ex-mem­ber of par­lia­ment Jennifer Fer­gu­son al­leged she was raped in 1993 by Danny Jor­daan, pres­i­dent of the coun­try’s soc­cer as­so­ci­a­tion. Jor­daan de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tion.

Canada: Gil­bert Ro­zon, founder of Mon­treal’s renowned “Just for Laughs” com­edy fes­ti­val, re­cently stepped down as pres­i­dent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions from at least nine women he ei­ther sex­u­ally ha­rassed or sex­u­ally as­saulted them.

Peru: This year’s beauty pageant to se­lect the coun­try’s can­di­date for the Miss Uni­verse com­pe­ti­tion was a sur­prise venue for de­nounc­ing gen­der-based vi­o­lence against women. In­stead of cit­ing their body mea­sure­ments, as is cus­tom­ary, each of the 23 con­tes­tants re­counted statis­tics about the mis­treat­ment of women in the South Amer­i­can na­tion.

Matthias Schrader / As­so­ci­ated Press

Bri­tish De­fense Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon re­signed over in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior to­ward a col­league.

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