The way Hollywood treats females within the industry may be shifting. At the very least, many high profile names within the business claim they will no longer be complicit by turning a blind eye and not speaking out against claims of sexual harassment. With the fall of Harvey Weinstein, keeping quiet about alleged abuses of power, once deemed the norm within the industry, is no longer an option. The floodgates have been opened now that the media mogul has been brought down. The support amongst actors, musicians and celebrities has been overwhelming to such an extent that victims across all industries are finally feeling comfortable enough to speak out publicly about their heinous experiences at hands of those taking advantage of their positions of power.
Since 2015, we’ve seen a push to call out alleged abusers such Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly with considerable success and coverage on the media. However, the public outcry in response to the Weinstein scandal was exponentially louder and probably due in large part to some of the leading ladies in Hollywood accusing Weinstein as their abuser. Powerhouse names such Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ashley Judd are just a few that stepped forward with their claims. This watershed moment prompted other women in entertainment to turn to social media or media outlets to publicly denounce their abusers. Even with all the promises of glitz and glamour, Hollywood could no longer keep a lid on such horrible behavior of sexual misconduct.
It is important to note that in addition to speaking out against these alleged abusers, victims also have the right to pursue their legal claims if they so choose. The NYPD has already started criminal investigations against Harvey Weinstein on behalf of two recent accusers. Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP is also actively investigating civil claims against Harvey Weinstein, Fox News and other abusers within the industry. If you would like to discuss your situation with one of our attorneys, you can reach us at (212)300-0375 to schedule a free consultation. One of our attorneys will be able to review your claims and let you know if we can assist you. You may also visit our website for more information regarding your right