Hollywood launches anti-sexual harassment hotline
LOS ANGELES — About a month ago, the television writer Tess Rafferty was browsing her Facebook feed when she noticed the “On This Day” feature pulling up some eerily timely memories.
“I saw all these stories that women were sharing a year ago about sexual harassment because of the release of the Trump [Access Hollywood] tape, and they were very similar to the stories women were now sharing because of Harvey Weinstein,” Rafferty, who worked for years on the E! hit The Soup, said in an interview. “I thought ‘are we going to be here in another year with the same stories?’ ”
The incident led Rafferty to organize an anti-sexual harassment march that set off from a main Hollywood intersection on Sunday, underscoring the entertainment industry’s role in the movement to stop workplace misconduct.
Hollywood efforts to prevent future instances of harassment are now beginning to take shape. The Oscar-winning producer Cathy Schulman, president of Women In Film, an industry trade group, is launching a sexual harassment help line as well as legal-aid service for those experiencing such behavior in the industry. She said the new services will be available by Dec 1.