Attorney Gloria Allred and SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris will lead a panel discussion for guild members about sexual harassment and abuse.The event, to be held on Nov. 14 at the union’s national headquarters in Los Angeles, is only open to dues-current members with no guests allowed. It’s titled “Beyond the Headlines: A Conversation on Sexual Harassment and Abuse in the Entertainment Industry.”Allred has represented several women who have accused disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, including Heather Kerr, Louisette Geiss, and Mimi Haleyi. SAG-AFTRA blasted Weinstein on Oct. 9, calling his behavior “abhorrent and unacceptable.”On Oct. 5, a story in the New York Times detailed accusations that Weinstein sexually harassed a number of women, including actress Ashley Judd. Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, and Glenn Close have all denounced the producer.
“Ms. Allred will share the facts, dispel the myths surrounding sexual harassment, and lead a discussion on empowering members to assert their rights and identify meaningful steps and actions we can take to develop best practices in creating a safer industry,” the union said.
Panelists include director Niki Caro, assistant director/producer Liz Tan, actress Lisa Vidal, and casting director Debra Zane.
“This is a place for you to feel safe, educate each other, and share tools of empowerment,” SAG-AFTRA said. “This is the first in a series of conversations with and for our membership on the issue of sexual harassment.”