We­in­stein ef­fect reaches far be­yond U.S. bor­ders

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Aron Heller

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 women and men who have spo­ken up, the “We­in­stein ef­fect” is rip­pling across the globe.

Nearly half of the #metoo hash­tags have come from out­side the U.S., and decades-old accusations have led to the down­fall of some coun­tries’ most pow­er­ful men. Here’s a look at where the fall­out has re­ver­ber­ated most strongly.

Bri­tain

The 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, a vi­tal ally of Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May.

The accusations have come from par­lia­men­tary re­searchers, staff mem­bers and jour­nal­ists. Some have said the po­lit­i­cal par­ties in­volved failed to take ac­tion and ac­tively dis­cour­aged vic­tims from go­ing to po­lice. Claims range from un­wanted touch­ing — a hand placed on a jour­nal­ist’s knee, for ex­am­ple — to al­le­ga­tions of rape.

Is­rael

The flood­gates opened 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.

Then veteran Is­raeli me­dia per­son­al­ity Gabi Gazit ad­dressed the al­le­ga­tions dis­mis­sively on his daily ra­dio show, prompt­ing Dana Weiss — an­other prom­i­nent lo­cal TV jour­nal­ist — to ac­cuse him of just such be­hav­ior.

Other women have also made claims against Haim Yavin, Is­rael’s most fa­mous an­chor, who is now re­tired.

Italy

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 a fol­low-up re­port Sun­day named Brizzi. He has stren­u­ously de­nied hav­ing non-con­sen­sual sex.

The We­in­stein scan­dal has also drawn at­ten­tion to Ital­ian law, which re­quires that a vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault re­port the crime within six months of the act.

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