According to The New York Times, a group of 300 women in the entertainment industry have created a large-scale initiative in the hopes of improving upon the working conditions of women in Hollywood. Providing concerete steps towards action, the project hopes to address the pervasive culture of sexual harassment present in the business.
The collective of women, which includes female actors, agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives, have created a plan described by the Times as “ambitious [and] sprawling.”
Some of the steps being taken includes the formation of a multi-million dollar legal defense fund for marginalized individuals who do not have the resources to take action against abusers and plans for symbolic protests against abuse.
The movement has been dubbed “Times Up” and was announced in an open letter that ran on a full-page ad in the Times on Monday.
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to
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The allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein have centered around women. Actor Terry Crews took to Twitter today to share his own experiences with sexual assault and recounts how he was groped by a male executive.
“My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates,” he tweeted. “Jumping back I said What are you doing?! My wife saw everything n we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk. I was going to kick his ass right then— but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear.” As a “240 pound” black man, Crews felt that physical retailation would land him in jail.
He goes on to say that the executive called him the next day to
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