LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Amid a torrent of accusations of sexual misconduct, together with rape, in Hollywood, the leisure trade’s largest union demanded on Thursday (April 12) that actor auditions not happen in resort rooms or residences.
The choice, referred to as “Guideline No. 1,” marks the primary growth of SAG-AFTRA’s Code of Conduct printed in February that goals to deal with harassment and assist enhance fairness within the trade.
“SAG-AFTRA opposes auditions, interviews and similar professional meetings from taking place in private hotel rooms or at private residences,” it mentioned.
“We name on producers and different choice makers with affect or management over choices that may affect a profession, to STOP holding skilled conferences in these high-risk areas and discover different, acceptable areas for skilled conferences.
“Furthermore, we call on SAG-AFTRA members and their representatives to STOP agreeing to professional meetings in these high-risk locations.”
In circumstances the place a member can’t discover another location, the union recommends attending the assembly accompanied by an individual of belief.
The tips come amid an enormous intercourse scandal roiling Hollywood that first erupted with accusations in opposition to one-time main producer Harvey Weinstein in October.
Weinstein is alleged to have sexually harassed and abused tons of of younger actresses, fashions and staff for the reason that 1990s.
In every case, there was a recurring theme of him inviting girls to his resort room to speak about work earlier than continuing to take off his garments, provide them a therapeutic massage or ask them to observe him masturbate – all underneath guarantees of fame or threats to break their careers.
Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne and Lea Seydoux are amongst these who denounced Weinstein, who is now underneath investigation.
The claims in opposition to Weinstein triggered a watershed second that noticed revelations of widespread sexual abuse within the leisure trade that has felled different Hollywood heavyweights. The abuse usually occurred in resort rooms.
“We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris mentioned in a press release.
The union represents some 160,000 actors and different leisure and media professionals.