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  1. People participate in a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files LONDON: It was noon when marathon runner Sandra Seilz was assaulted by three men as she finished her training at a park in Germany. Pinned down, she managed to escape when a passerby came to her aid as the drunk men tried to pull down her pants. The assault prompted Seilz to create a line of ?anti-rape? shorts that use cut and tear-resistant fabric and cords. The clothing is impossible for attackers to pull down, she said. ?We can?t have 100 percent protection, but we need a product where we can feel a little bit more safe so no-one can rape us,? the inventor of the Safe Shorts told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from the city of Bottrop in northwest Germany. The shorts went on sale in 2017 ? a pivotal year for women?s rights after allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo campaign, with women taking to social media to share their experiences of abuse. One in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by someone they know, UN Women says. Seilz said her tights minimize the risk of assault in a country where she believes fears are heightened since a series of *** attacks on women in Cologne on New Year?s Eve in 2015. Safe Shorts are also fitted with a deafening 140-decibel alarm, according to Seilz. ?I wish it was not necessary that we would need a product like Safe Shorts. But if there?s a possibility to give this sort of protection, why not?? said Seilz, who has customers in more than 35 countries including Japan, Canada, Australia and Libya. However, rape crisis centres say such devices unfairly put the responsibility on women and give a false sense of security since most women are raped by someone they know, not strangers. ?I?m sure it?s a well-meaning initiative, but I?m always wary about these sorts of products as it is making money out of women?s fears,? Katie Russell ? a spokeswoman for Rape Crisis England and Wales ? told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Other products on the market that attempt to curb *** attacks include colour-changing coasters or straws that women can use to determine if their alcoholic drinks have been spiked. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
  2. The Blind anonymous work talk application is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration photo, February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration/Files SEOUL: A chat app where South Koreans can anonymously dish the dirt on their misbehaving bosses and colleagues is belatedly stirring the country?s #MeToo movement, shedding new light on sexual harassment in the heavily male-dominated corporate culture. Prompted by a recent wave of complaints about workplace misconduct ? including a groping allegation made by a South Korean public prosecutor last month ? the app Blind has added a new feature: a message board dedicated to a rising number of #MeToo stories. ?We thought the prosecutor going public would put fresh momentum in the #MeToo movement in South Korea and our #MeToo board was definitely inspired by her action,? Kim Sungkyum ? the co-founder at Blind?s creator TeamBlind ? said. Koreans are wary of being whistleblowers about harassment at family-run conglomerates or chaebol that dominate South Korean business. Their big fear: the companies will turn on them for rocking the boat and they will be victimized again. Some 61 percent of South Korean respondents working at private companies said they would bypass in-house whistleblower hotlines, saying they didn?t trust their organization to keep complaints confidential, according to a survey by consulting firm EY. That was significantly higher than the Asia-Pacific average of 37 percent. Instead, South Koreans are turning to Blind, which now has over a million users in the world?s most wired country. ?Employees are reluctant to use internal bulletins for fear of reprisals which is part of our country?s corporate culture,? said a banker at a South Korean state-run bank who uses the app. ?I think Blind can make people talk more freely, which can?t be controlled by their companies.? In less than 24 hours after the launch of the #MeToo board on Blind more than 500 posts were uploaded, making the app intermittently unavailable due to heavy traffic, the app?s operator says. By Thursday, the board had swelled with more than 1,600 posts, prompting conversations about workplace sexual misconduct ranging from cracking sexist jokes to making unwelcome physical advances. Gender inequality Blind says it encodes personal data and information to protect users? privacy, and users must use their company email for verification. When the app first came out four years ago, several companies requested Blind take down posts that might be damaging to their reputation. TeamBlind says it has not taken down any posts at a company?s request and has not faced any lawsuits for material posted on its message boards. TeamBlind said it does reviews posts and has removed some that violated its terms of use, including publishing statements that might be defamatory or breach individuals? privacy. Globally, the #MeToo movement has exposed men accused of sexual assault and harassment in fields including entertainment, politics and business. Dozens of prominent men have quit or been fired from high-profile posts, and police have opened investigations into some accusations of *** assault. But it was slower to catch on in South Korea, which ranked 118 out of 144 on gender equality last year, according to the World Economic Forum. Ooutcry, boycotts In the case of the public prosecutor ? who said her boss groped her at a funeral in 2010 ? the Supreme Prosecutors? Office launched an inquiry into her allegations. The investigation is ongoing but the Prosecutor General has promised to take action to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. In another incident late last year, South Korean furniture maker Hanssem publicly apologized after a post detailing a female employee?s experiences of workplace sexual abuse went viral, sparking a boycott of the company?s products. Earlier this month, posts made on Blind said the chairman of the group that owns Asiana Airlines had made inappropriate physical contact with female flight attendants. Last week, Park Sam-koo ? the chairman of the airliner?s parent Kumho Asiana Group ? issued an apology over the allegations, saying ?it was all my carelessness and responsibility?. Park did not respond for requests for comment, and the company said it had taken no action against him. Despite the increased awareness, many South Korean Blind users say they are yet to see significant changes in their workplaces. ?Through Blind, I have come to realize there are so many things that need to be corrected in my company. But I haven?t seen any sweeping change yet,? said another user who said he was working for a major conglomerate. ?We still have a long way to go.?
  3. South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk poses during a photocall to present the film "Human, Space, Time and Human" (Inkan, Gonkan, Sikan Grigo Inkan) ? presented in the Panorama Special section ? during the 68th Berlinale film festival in Berlin, Germany, February 17, 2018. AFP/John MacDougall2 BERLIN: A South Korean director in the eye of a #MeToo storm defiantly rejected abuse accusations against him at the Berlin film festival Saturday, saying he ensures no one "suffers" on the sets of his ultraviolent, sexually explicit art movies. Acclaimed filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, who has picked up prizes at the Cannes, Venice, and Berlinale festivals, faced a barrage of questions from reporters about allegations of physical and sexual abuse by an actress he worked with in 2013. His invitation to the Berlinale prompted the actress to accuse festival organisers of "hypocrisy" given they have said they want to spotlight rampant sexual misconduct in the industry. Kim, 57, insisted that "safety and respect" take top priority in all of his productions. "We don?t want anyone hurt while making a film. We don?t want anyone to suffer when making a film," he told a news conference, speaking through an interpreter. "No matter how fantastic a film is, we must make sure that nobody feels insulted during shooting and that applies for everybody, both cast and crew. That?s been my fundamental approach therefore I very much regret this incident." ?Related to artistic performance? Asked whether he wished to apologise for his treatment of the actress, who has declined to be publicly named, Kim insisted he was unaware of any wrongdoing on his part. "What we were actually doing was rehearsing a scene. We were on the set, there were a lot of people present. My crew back then did not object at all or say that it was inappropriate," he said. "I don?t remember exactly what happened but it really was related to artistic performance, to the acting. I believe that the actress interpreted this incident differently than I did." The actress came forward last year and said Kim forced her into unwanted, unscripted *** and nude scenes and slapped her repeatedly while shooting his 2013 award-winning film Moebius ? before replacing her with another actress. Prosecutors dropped the *** abuse charge citing lack of evidence but fined Kim five million won ($4,600) for assault under a procedure to settle minor cases out of court. The actress ? who said she quit acting due to trauma ? has appealed against the decision to dismiss the *** abuse allegation. But Kim said for him the case was closed. "There?s been a ruling in this case now and I?ve shouldered the responsibility," he said. "I don?t entirely agree with the ruling but I believe that these processes are also part and parcel of changing the system and helping us to make progress in the film industry. I?ll certainly bear this in mind in future as well." ?Don?t draw conclusions? Kim presented his latest picture Human, Space, Time and Human, which like many of his films includes brutal rape scenes. He insisted his movies? often violent content did not reflect his own behaviour. "I would like to be a good human being in my life," he said. "My daily life is not like my films and I wouldn?t like to live that way. So please don?t draw conclusions about my personality because of looking at my films." Japanese actress Mina Fujii, who plays Eve in the film, an allegorical mother of humanity who is raped by five men on screen, said she had a good experience making the movie. "Working with Kim Ki-duk was very positive, there was a pleasant atmosphere on the set," she said. "That may be a little bit surprising when you look at this rather particular film." The Berlinale, the first major European film festival since the wave of abuse allegations about powerful producer Harvey Weinstein emerged in October, is focusing on the #MeToo drive with a series of initiatives and public debates. Organisers had rebuffed the criticism over Kim?s inclusion before the opening on Thursday, noting that the *** abuse allegation against him was dismissed and insisting the festival "opposes and condemns any form of violence or sexual misconduct". On Saturday, Paris-based film rights seller Daniela Elstner launched the Speak Up! campaign at the festival, aiming to combat sexual harassment within the European entertainment industry. Meanwhile veteran French actress Isabelle Huppert, at the Berlinale with her new thriller Eva, said she was watching the #MeToo movement "with sympathy and hope". "It?s taken a long time for all of this to be said," she told reporters. "I am personally very happy that certain things have been brought out into the open ? for good, I hope."
  4. BERLIN: Organisers of the Berlin International Film Festival on Wednesday declined a call to have movie stars walk a black, rather than red, carpet as a symbol of support for the campaign against sexual harassment in the industry. After January?s Golden Globes ceremony where people wore black on the red carpet to express solidarity with the movement, more than 21,000 people signed a petition calling for the carpet itself to change color at this year?s ?Berlinale?. But one day before the festival opened, its director, Dieter Kosslick, said he understood the reasons for the campaign but had decided against ?symbolic politics? and wanted to instead focus on events discussing sexual harassment. ?We?d like to use our activities to dive deeper into the #MeToo debate than a carpet would allow, so we don?t plan to put a black carpet down at the Berlinale,? Kosslick said. The festival had already announced a panel discussion on sexual harassment, a counseling corner and a seminar that will encourage women who have suffered harassment to speak up and seek ways to boost equality in the film industry. Kosslick said some films were cut from the program due to sexual abuse allegations against people involved but he has declined to name them. Around 400 films will be screened at the 68th Berlinale which opens with U.S. director Wes Anderson?s ?Isle of Dogs?, an animated tale of a boy searching for his pet at a garbage dump where a fictional city has exiled all of its dogs. Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig, who voice characters in the film, are due to appear at the festival that some fans say is otherwise lacking in star power. ?This year I don?t think there?s as many real highlights,? said Scott Roxborough of The Hollywood Reporter. ?Aside from the Wes Anderson film which everybody wants to see and everyone is excited about, there are very few big films, either big Hollywood movies or even big art house movies.? The festival, renowned for films with strong political agendas, includes ?Khook? (?Pig?), an Iranian film about a blacklisted director and ?U-July 22? about the 2011 massacre of young people on a Norwegian island by Anders Behring Breivik. Other films in contention include a Western comedy called ?Damsel? featuring Robert Pattinson, ?Transit,? a German film about a man fleeing Nazi-occupied France, and ?Dovlatov,? a portrait of the Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov. Tom Tykwer, a German director best known for his 1998 film ?Run Lola Run?, heads the jury that will decide which of the 19 movies in competition wins the Golden Bear for best film and who gets Silver Bears for acting and directing. The festival in the German capital runs until Feb. 25.
  5. A model presents creations during the #MeToo Fashion show during New York Fashion Week in New York, US, February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Elizabeth Shafiroff NEW YORK: A fashion show inspired by the #MeToo social media campaign aimed at exposing sexual misconduct across the US opened Friday in New York with models sporting angel wings handcuffed to men in pig masks. Dressed in a floor-length black and white gown with leather trim and wings at her shoulders, Cheyenne Jacobs, 22, stopped at the end of the runway to declare herself a survivor of sexual abuse, giving the audience a brief account of being sexually assaulted in high school and raped in college. ?I would like to take this moment as a stand of my healing, how far I?ve grown and also to say that this is not only a movement, not just stories, but we?re real people who have gone through real things,? she said. The #MeToo Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week was the brainchild of Myriam Chalek, creative director of fashion website American Wardrobe. ?I don?t think this fashion show is going to change things overnight, but if it can be a step further then I guess I?ve done my part. A woman who has been empowered is a woman who is unstoppable,? Chalek told Reuters in an interview. To the pace of trendy music, women from several walks of life ? some smiling and others more serious ? first strutted down a runway to display their designer clothes, then reappeared handcuffed to male models wearing pink pig masks. Among them was Alicia Kozakiewicz, 29, who was abducted in 2002 near her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by a man who contacted her online, a case that made international headlines as one of the first such kidnappings of the internet age. Walking confidently down the runway in a black leather hood and dress cinched at the waist with a corset, Kozakiewicz paused to explain how she overcame victim-blaming, even by her family, and became a motivational speaker and aspiring actor. ?The me-too movement is not about man-hating; it is not about fighting violence with violence,? said Kozakiewicz. ?It is, however, empowering women and girls to live in a world free of fear so that they can be safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment.? While the show featured American Wardrobe fashions, Chalek said the event was nonprofit. Since October, hundreds of women have accused powerful men in business, politics, media, and entertainment of *** abuse, joining the #MeToo social media movement that has shone a light on sexual assault and harassment in U.S. life. In the fashion world, sexual abuse allegations have also come from men. The New York Times reported last month that more than two dozen male models and assistants who worked with high-powered fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino say they were subjected by them to molestation, sexual advances, and unnecessary nudity. Lawyers for both photographers told The Times they denied the allegations, which nevertheless prompted the magazine company, Conde Nast, to suspend its work with them. Reuters could not independently confirm any of the accusations.
  6. Host Anke Engelke and Dieter Kosslick at Berlinale in 2017. Photo: File BERLIN: This month?s Berlin film festival, Europe?s first major cinema showcase in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, will shine a light on sexual misconduct in the industry, its director said Tuesday. Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick told a news conference that the screenings and guests from Hollywood and the global film industry at the 68th edition would open up a long-overdue debate on rampant discrimination and abuse. ?The international resonance of #MeToo quickly made clear that the problem isn?t limited to Hollywood,? he said as he announced some 400 films set to screen during the 11-day event. ?The Berlinale sees itself as a forum where problems can be aired and it will host a range of events that should contribute to concrete change.? He said these would include panel discussions on fighting sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, generating financing for more female-led movies and getting more women into technical areas of filmmaking. Berlin ranks with Cannes and Venice among Europe?s top film festivals and is generally considered the most politically minded. Disqualified Kosslick told a separate briefing for the foreign press that he had disqualified certain productions from participating this year ? "less than five," he said ? because a director, screenwriter or star attached to the production was facing credible sexual misconduct allegations. He declined to say which films were excluded. Kosslick added that four of the 19 films in competition for the Golden Bear top prize were directed by women: ?not great but there you go?. The star-studded event will kick off on February 15 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson?s ?Isle of Dogs?, an animated feature voiced by stars including Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig and Liev Schreiber ? all expected on the Berlinale?s red carpet. It will be Anderson?s fourth turn in competition at the Berlinale following The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, which kicked off the festival in 2014. Steven Soderbergh is set to unveil Unsane starring Claire Foy of The Crown in a psychological thriller filmed on an iPhone about digital stalking. Gender-balanced jury Off-screen couple Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are expected in the German capital to promote their latest feature, Don?t Worry, He Won?t Get Far on Foot by US director Gus Van Sant. It is based on a memoir by John Callaham about his experience turning to art after a car accident left him paralysed. Other contenders include ?Eva? by French filmmaker Benoit Jacquot, starring Isabelle Huppert as a femme fatale who wreaks havoc in the life of a prominent writer. And Norwegian director Erik Poppe will present ?U - July 22? telling the story of the 2011 massacre committed by neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik, told from the perspective of his 77 victims. Willem Dafoe, currently nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actor for The Florida Project, will pick up an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. Tom Tykwer, one of the German directors behind the blockbuster miniseries Babylon Berlin now appearing on Netflix, will lead a gender-balanced jury including Belgian actress Cecile de France (The Young Pope), Moonlight producer Adele Romanski, Time magazine critic Stephanie Zacharek, Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and Spanish film historian Chema Prado. In 2017 Hungary?s On Body and Soul, a tender love story set in a slaughterhouse, won the festival?s Golden Bear top prize and has now been nominated for a best foreign language film Academy Award. Wolverine franchise capper Logan and Chilean transgender drama A Fantastic Woman, which also premiered at last year?s Berlinale, are also in the running for Oscars next month.
  7. A model displays fashions during the Rodarte Spring-Summer 2017 Runway show at New York Fashion Week, New York, US, September 13, 2016. AFP/Timothy A. Clary/Files NEW YORK: New York Fashion Week kicks off the global fall/winter 2018 season fighting to stay relevant blighted by sexual harassment scandals, an industry in chaos, and designers jumping ship. More than 230,000 people flood the US financial capital to attend the style-fest that generates nearly $900 million a year for the city. It is currently scheduled twice-yearly in February and September. But as social media influencers wrestle power from fashion editors and buyers, more labels than ever are opting out this season, abandoning New York for Europe or tearing up the runway show altogether. Here is a look at the top trends expected to dominate when Fashion Week formally gets underway on Thursday, preceded by three days of men?s shows. #MeToo The sexual harassment watershed engulfing the United States and rocking the fashion industry has seen the Council of Fashion Designers of America unveil new guidelines in an attempt to clamp down on misconduct. "We have zero tolerance for unsafe environments and strongly encourage everyone in our industry to report abuse in the workplace," wrote CFDA chairman Diane von Furstenberg in a letter announcing the guidelines, which also raise awareness against eating disorders and advocate greater diversity. Misconduct accusations have seen celebrated photographers Terry Richardson, Mario Testino and Bruce Weber barred from collaborating with Vogue and Vanity Fair publisher Conde Nast. The magazine empire has issued a new "Code of Conduct" to include bans on alcohol on sets, on under-18 models without a chaperone, and for nudity or "sexually suggestive" poses to be agreed beforehand. But the Model Alliance has demanded "meaningful and lasting change," saying "voluntary standards" without education, proper complaint mechanisms and independent enforcement "are not going to work." Marchesa, the label of Harvey Weinstein?s estranged wife Georgina Chapman, cancelled their Valentine?s Day show, still reeling from the fallout of his downfall over multiple allegations ranging from sexual harassment to rape, in favour of "an updated format." Added to the schedule is a #MeToo fashion show ? named for the movement against sexual harassment ? on Friday to raise awareness. "The only way to change things is to be united... and stand up and say, ?That is not OK, we are not going to accept this anymore,?" organizer Myriam Chalek told The Daily Beast. Period of chaos Alexander Wang, the New York king of cool whose urban chic is so adored by off-duty models, is making his swansong before this summer ditching the traditional February-September calendar in favour of June-December. His departure follows the exit of Proenza Schouler and Rodarte for couture week in Paris on the same schedule, and Altuzarra, which moved to Paris Fashion Week. "Why do something that?s not working?" Stephanie Horton, chief strategy officer at Alexander Wang told a recent industry event in New York. "The business model needs to change because the consumer has changed." Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA, predicts that other designers could follow suit. "I think it?ll be a period of chaos, maybe, but chaos always calms down at some point," he told the same event in New York. Great escape Tommy Hilfiger is taking his see-now, buy-now fashion roadshow to Milan, Rihanna?s Fenty collaboration with Puma is taking a break, and rap superstar Kanye West chose to unveil his latest instalment for urban sportswear brand Yeezy last week on Instagram, modelled by his wife Kim Kardashian. British former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is marking her last show in New York before celebrating her label?s 10th anniversary in London. Spanish label Delpozo is already moving to London and Tome to Paris. Bucking the trend is Italian luxury house Bottega Veneta, showing at the American Stock Exchange on Thursday as a one-off to celebrate a new boutique on Madison Avenue. New York state of mind Look out for the influencers ? the breed of bloggers, Instagramers and celebrities whose followings can shift markets and who are particularly dominant in New York. "We?re so embedded in pop culture, in media and entertainment," explains Kolb. Model royalty Face and figure alone are no longer a guarantor of hitting the big-time. Instead it?s genes, having the right name and an Instagram following. Think 16-year-old Kaia Gerber, look-alike daughter of Cindy Crawford already collaborating on a collection with Karl Lagerfeld, Kendall Jenner, half-sister of Kim Kardashian, and Gigi and Bella Hadid, daughters of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Yolanda Hadid. No longer just the face of brands, their huge celebrity following is a meal ticket for brands and they can monetize that. Think Calvin Klein?s recent underwear campaign featuring the Kardashians.
  8. German film director Dieter Wedel poses following a screening of his new TV movie "Mein alter Freund Fritz" (My Old Friend Fritz) at a theatre in Hamburg, Germany, January 16, 2007. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/Files BERLIN: A growing sexual assault and harassment scandal surrounding a prominent German TV director took on a political dimension Friday as accusations of a cover-up hit a public broadcaster. The cascade of allegations against director Dieter Wedel is the first in Germany since the global #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct gained momentum in the wake of the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein?s downfall in October. In two high-profile articles, the respected weekly Die Zeit has reported accusations levelled by several women against Wedel, 75, ranging from rape to pressuring female staff to have ***. In the magazine of Die Zeit weekly, actresses Patricia Thielemann and Jany Tempel accused Wedel of sexual assault in separate incidents in his hotel rooms in 1991 and 1996. This week, state-funded television channel Saarlaendischer Rundfunk (SR) admitted it was aware of sexual misconduct allegedly committed by Wedel in the 1980s and continued working with him. SR chief Thomas Kleist said he was "very upset" by the information about an attempted rape of a show?s star he found in the broadcaster?s files and pledged a thorough internal investigation. Later Friday, Ulrich Wilhelm ? the head of national public network ARD ? said the next meeting of Germany?s regional broadcasters in early February would tackle the problem of sexual misconduct. "People who work for us must be protected from attacks and sexism ? sexual harassment and abuse of power must not be tolerated," he said in a statement. Germany?s regional public broadcasters receive billions of euros (dollars) in state funds collected via viewer fees and are subject to close official oversight. Malu Dreyer ? the Rhineland-Palatinate state premier who currently holds the rotating leadership of a key supervisory body for public broadcasting ? demanded a formal report on the Wedel case. She told the daily Bild this must include "recommendations for improving preventive measures" on sexual harassment and abuse. ?The German Harvey Weinstein? Wedel ? one of the country?s most successful television directors ? has produced most of his movies for public broadcasting, which commentators said called for a particularly thorough official reckoning. "If the accusations against Wedel are true ? and based on the clarity and the sheer number of statements against him, we must assume so ? then Wedel is the personification of everything the ?Me Too? movement denounces," columnist Heribert Prantl wrote in the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung Friday. "Wedel may be the German Harvey Weinstein." Calling the documents discovered at SR "shocking", Prantl said it was now crucial to determine "by whom and why his abuse of power was silenced and covered up". In early January, Wedel firmly denied the first round of accusations against him, saying he had become the victim of a "witch-hunt". In a statement issued published on the website of the Bad Hersfeld theatre festival, his lawyers said, ?The allegations made against him by several actresses are inaccurate and unjustified. He has never been violent in any way to these or any other women.? The lawyers said he regretted that he had sometimes subjected actors and actresses to tough and even insulting criticism on set but noted that this never had any connection to the alleged attacks. Wedel, however, has not yet responded to the second wave of women coming forward, published Thursday in Die Zeit. A spokeswoman for Wedel said he was in the hospital with a heart ailment. Most of the accusations against Wedel are too old to be brought to trial due to the statute of limitations, with some of them dating back to the 1970s. However, authorities in the southern city of Munich have opened a criminal probe over a rape he allegedly committed there in a hotel room in 1996. German media initially gave limited coverage to the cases and the top-selling Bild ran front-page articles raising pointed questions about some of the accusers? credibility. However, the tone has grown more critical of Wedel with the latest, more graphic testimony printed in Die Zeit.
  9. Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Image Courtesy: The New York Times via BFA.com/Vladimir Weinstein PARIS: The great global reckoning with sexual harassment is "long overdue", says acclaimed Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, but the feminist figurehead in Africa hopes it is not "a passing fad". As the global #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct continues in the wake of the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein?s downfall, the novelist said it should be only the beginning. "For a long time, women in many parts of the world felt that they couldn?t talk about these things because they would not be believed and because there would be many consequences for them," Adichie said in an interview with AFP. The author of several award-winning books ? including Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus, and Americanah ? has tirelessly campaigned against gender inequality. "We Should All Be Feminists" ? her viral TEDx talk from 2012 ? has been viewed more than four million times. Adichie ? who splits her time between Nigeria and the US ? said the #MeToo movement had also provoked debate in Africa, although not as much as in the West. "I know that in Nigeria, young women followed the news and I also know that suddenly some young women started to talk about their own experiences," Adichie said. She told the story of a woman who had recently posted on Facebook about a professor who sexually harassed her in medical school. "To talk about it openly and to name the man who was a professor... that is very unusual," she said. "It?s just one story but, for me, it is symbolic of what this all movement has brought about." Being a feminist in Africa means being willing to go against convention, she said. "There are many women in the African continent who are feminist but who don?t use the language of western feminism, who don?t even call themselves feminist," she said. "But in the way that they live their lives, they are feminist because they consider themselves to be fully human and fully equal and they go against conventions." This includes "single mothers leaving abusive marriages even though they have a lot of family pressure to stay on", as well as "choosing to be ambitious and not apologising about it". Adichie spoke at a talk on Thursday night in Paris for La Nuit des Idees (The Night of Ideas), a series of 170 events in 60 countries across the world on the subject of "Power to the imagination" run by Institut Francais.
  10. (L-R) The co-chairs of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) International Monetary Fund (IMF) MD Christine Lagarde and Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg, IBM Chairperson and CEO Ginni Rometty, Founder and Chair of Mann Deshi Foundation Chetna Sinha, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Director-General Fabiola Gianotti, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Secretary Sharan Burrow, and ENGIE CEO Isabelle Kocher attend a session of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2018. AFP/Fabrice Coffrini1 DAVOS: Seven high-powered women dominate one stage while panellists elsewhere agonise over sexual harassment and pay inequality ? but despite efforts to redress the gender imbalance, Davos still remains a man's world. After the #MeToo campaign gripped Hollywood in 2017, scrutiny turned to the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week to see whether the movement against sexual harassment and discrimination could conquer the business world too. But the stereotype of "Davos Man" ? the dark-suited business figure ubiquitous at the forum ? is alive and well. His species still far outnumbers Davos Woman. At first glance the forum recognises the prevailing winds: it named only women as the seven honorary co-chairs at its annual gathering of top executives and leaders in the Swiss resort. All of them have taken the stage at discussions in Davos to welcome the progress made and flag the uphill struggle that remains. The forum admits that women still accounted for only 21 percent of the Davos participants, who are drawn mostly from the business world. Testosterone-free solutions One of the co-chairs, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, called in Davos for action to "empower women and turn this anger that we have seen into action". "My hope is that we can collectively demonstrate that even without testosterone we can actually produce a positive, constructive energy to deliver solutions." The share of women participants at Davos has crept up only slightly over recent years, from 18 percent in 2016 to 20 percent last year. The four-day Davos schedule this week includes debates on gender-related issues such as harassment and wage equality. Saadia Zahidi, a member of the WEF's executive committee, said gender inequality remains deep-rooted in the corporate world. "For some industries, there is a pipeline problem. There are not enough women going into a particular sector. In other industries it is because they don't have a level playing field even though there are large numbers of women inside those organisations," she told AFP. Some companies meanwhile "are actually doing great in terms of the pipeline and in terms of getting women into middle-management positions, and then they have a major lack when it comes to senior management positions," she said. "So we are going to be working with a range of industries on very tailored approaches for each one of them." The Trump factor As well as agitating the economically liberal Davos delegates with his protectionist policies, US President Donald Trump's appearance at the forum, expected on Friday, is raising discussion about sexism. During his election campaign, Trump was heard boasting in leaked recordings about groping women and caused outrage with insults directed at a former beauty queen. "The rise of the alpha male in terms of government leaders has created a wave of misogyny that's kind of legitimating what's already there," said another of the co-chairs, Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. "We have to recreate an environment where women are respected." A study published by the WEF found that gender inequality increased in 2017 for the first time in a decade. It estimated that at the current rate it would take 217 years to close the wage gap between men and women. "How can the world wait that long? How can women wait that long?" Winnie Byanyima, executive director of development charity Oxfam, told AFP. "We want to see action." Pat Milligan, an executive from the human resources firm Mercer, insisted there were "tremendous efforts from some companies" to break the glass ceiling for women in business ? including in some cases using software designed to help harden up female candidates' job applications. "Women's resumes are often written with non-aggressive words and adverbs," Milligan said. "I would write I contributed, I collaborated. Men would write I came, I saw, I conquered."
  11. All eyes will be on Hollywood Tuesday as the Oscars nominees are unveiled, with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ahead by a nose in an awards season overshadowed by the industry´s war on sleaze. LOS ANGELES: All eyes will be on Hollywood Tuesday as the Oscars nominees are unveiled, with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ahead by a nose in an awards season overshadowed by the industry´s war on sleaze. In a departure from previous years, there are very few clear frontrunners for the March 4 gala, making the major categories a genuine sprint to the finish line rather than the perfunctory coronation sometimes inflicted on viewers. The announcements are also being seen as an opportunity for the industry to support female filmmaking, with the #MeToo and Time´s Up campaigns against sexual misconduct and gender inequality a mainstay of the 2018 awards circuit. After 12 months of breakthrough movies by women about women -- led by directors such as Dee Rees, Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig -- the Oscars could also right the historic wrong of female filmmakers rarely getting acknowledged. "Whatever happens, the #MeToo movement will... play a big part in the event," predicted Tom Wood, a film writer for the millennial-skewing viral content portal Lad Bible. "Hollywood is still being rocked by allegations of historical sexual abuse from some huge names and they will be looking to grow the movement to empower victims to speak out against their abusers and raise awareness." Three Billboards The nominated movies, actors and filmmakers will be unveiled at a pre-dawn announcement, with industry watchers placing Three Billboards -- buoyed by strong showings at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards -- in pole position for best film. The movie, about a campaign for justice waged by "the Dirty Harry of grieving mothers" -- hat tip to Vanity Fair for a clever turn of phrase --, is also favourite to win the best actress (Frances McDormand) and supporting actor (Sam Rockwell). But the movie faces stiff competition from Gerwig´s coming-of-age tale Lady Bird and Guillermo del Toro´s fantasy romance The Shape of Water. In a year when the top awards could be relatively evenly spread, expect same-*** romance Call Me by Your Name, dark satire Get Out, tense war movie Dunkirk and Pentagon Papers thriller The Post all to be in the mix too. Tuesday´s nominations follow weekend awards ceremonies hosted by the guilds of both producers and actors -- ceremonies seen as bellwethers for the Academy Awards. The Shape of Water, a 1960s-set fairy tale about a mute government laboratory janitor falling in love with a merman-like creature, was deemed best movie by the Producers Guild and picked up best director for Del Toro at January´s Golden Globes. But the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) gave the victory for best cast -- deemed as encouraging a signifier for the best picture Oscar as the producers´ endorsement -- to Three Billboards. Sunday´s SAGs also rewarded Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya), as well as McDormand and Rockwell for Three Billboards, all of whom took home trophies from the Globes or the Critics' Choice Awards. Janney and Rockwell should expect strong competition in the Oscars supporting acting categories from Globes nominees Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) and Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird). 'A lot can happen' Oldman -- perhaps the only clear leader in the major categories -- has remained the firm lead actor frontrunner for weeks, while McDormand and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) face a photo finish in March. Tempting as it always is by late January to view the Oscars race as done and dusted, there are invariable twists in the final weeks as movies lose momentum or are tainted by scandal. Allegations, ranging from harassment to rape, have dogged Hollywood since October, leading to the downfall of numerous powerful figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor and Brett Ratner. Figures tainted by the scandal such as James Franco (The Disaster Artist) have seen their Oscars campaigns badly damaged or, in the case of Spacey -- who was expunged from All the Money in the World after filming was completed -- wiped out entirely. Meanwhile, stars attending the various Tinseltown ceremonies -- whether through defiant acceptance speeches at the podium or sober attire on the red carpet -- have been careful to send a message that Hollywood is no longer tolerating sleaze. Roughly 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- a more diverse bunch than the old white men´s club maligned in previous years -- stopped voting for nominees on January 12. "The point is, there´s a very long phase two still ahead, two weeks longer than usual due to the Winter Olympics," Variety magazine´s awards editor Kris Tapley wrote on Sunday. "A lot can happen. Final Oscar ballots are due in 37 days -- an eternity."
  12. US actor Robert Redford arrives at the Princess Grace Awards Gala in Monaco, September 5, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files PARK CITY: Robert Redford said Thursday the #MeToo and Time?s Up movements were a "tipping point" that would change Hollywood in favour of women?s equality and intolerance for sexual misconduct. "From my standpoint, change is inevitable and change is going to come... I?m pretty encouraged right now," the 81-year-old double Oscar-winner told a news conference launching his annual Sundance Film Festival. "What it?s doing is bringing forth more opportunities for women and more opportunities for women in film to have their own voices heard and do their own projects. I?m pretty excited by that," he said. Redford said that as women were pushing back against harassment and demanding equal pay they were forcing the traditional male powerbrokers in the film industry to make changes. "It?s kind of a tipping point because it?s changing the order of things, so women are going to have a stronger voice," he told reporters as he kicked off the annual showcase for independent films at the ski resort of Park City, Utah. Sundance is the first major film festival since scores of women came forward in October to accuse movie mogul Harvey Weinstein ? an independent film specialist and a supporter of the 10-day event ? of harassment and abuse. In the following weeks, numerous high-profile figures including Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Dustin Hoffman and Louis C.K. have faced a flood of allegations of sexual misconduct. ?Sickened? The festival, which runs through January 28, will shine the spotlight on more than 100 independent features, most of them world premieres including many from newcomers trying to make their mark. The #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct has particular resonance at Sundance as it has been spearheaded by actress Rose McGowan, who accused Weinstein of attacking her at the 1997 edition of the festival. Weinstein was considered a titan of independent film and greatly influential in getting smaller features funding and distribution ? not to mention a front row seat in the Oscars conversation. But Redford described the veteran producer as "a moment in time" that the indie sector would move past, adding that his backing of Sundance was motivated by financial self-interest. Sundance Institute executive director Keri Putnam said she was "sickened" to learn that at least two of the allegations against Weinstein related to his behaviour at Sundance. Although Redford has always insisted that Sundance organizers are above politics, this year?s festival continues the tradition of filmmakers using their platform in Park City to highlight the issues of the day. Among the most hotly anticipated entries, Jennifer Fox?s "The Tale" stars Laura Dern as a woman forced to confront a sexual relationship she had at age 13 with two adults coaches. ?Fake news? Seeing Allred profiles Gloria Allred, the New York lawyer who has made her name representing women in sexual abuse cases, while RBG focuses on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of three female justices on the US Supreme Court. Offscreen, organizers of last year?s Women?s March are staging a Respect Rally on Saturday, with speakers set to include Allred and Jane Fonda, whose documentary Jane Fonda in Five Acts gets its world premiere at Sundance. Meanwhile, Morgan Spurlock?s Super Size Me 2 was dropped from the schedule after he admitted sexual misconduct on Twitter. The panellists were pressed during the hour-long discussion for their views on President Donald Trump?s controversial labelling of media coverage he doesn?t like as "fake news." "Journalism is a big deal for me and it always seems to be under threat periodically," said Redford, who famously played investigative reporter Bob Woodward in Watergate thriller All the President?s Men (1976). "Something comes up and then dies down, comes up and dies down. Journalism is our means of getting to the truth, and I think getting to the truth is getting harder and harder in this climate."
  13. Actor Aziz Ansari arrives at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, US, January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files LOS ANGELES: Less than four months after the #MeToo movement inspired a national conversation about sexual misconduct and led to the downfall of dozens of powerful American men, a backlash seems to be underway. Women are divided among themselves, men are beginning to speak out, and words like ?revenge porn? and ?witch hunt? are turning up in opinion pieces and on social media. Inspired by multiple accusations ? including rape ? against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein in October 2017, millions of women took to social and mainstream media to share stories of sexual harassment or assault, using the #MeToo hashtag. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual *** with anyone. But one unidentified woman?s account last weekend of a 2017 date with Master of None comedian Aziz Ansari that she said left her feeling violated, prompted fierce debate about whether sexual assault and bad *** were being conflated. Ansari said he believed their sexual activity was completely consensual. ?When I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately,? the actor said in a statement. Just 10 days after a Golden Globes ceremony where celebrities dressed in black en masse in support of harassment victims and Ansari won the award for best actor in a TV musical or comedy series, New York Times writer Bari Weiss penned an opinion piece calling the Ansari article ?arguably the worst thing that has happened to the #MeToo movement since it began?. Author Caitlyn Flanagan called the woman?s story ?3,000 words of revenge porn? and the Washington Post?s Alyssa Rosenberg wrote that #MeToo could founder in acrimony without a ?distinction between criminal acts and merely unattractive or immoral behavior.? #MeToo and the worldwide reckoning it brought in 2017 'Men sexually harassed because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can' One step forward, two steps back? Those who have been fighting for equality for decades see such misgivings as internal struggles that are to be expected in the early stages of mass movements for change. ?I don?t think it?s a backlash. I think it?s a moment of deep struggle. Women are finally being heard and men are finally listening. This is not going to be easy and people are going to get things wrong,? Melissa Silverstein ? the founder of the Women and Hollywood blog ? said. Author Jessica Valenti ? the founder of the blog Feministing.com ? had less patience with critics. ?When someone says they don?t want #MeToo to be ?derailed? or ?muddied,? all I hear is that they don?t want to do the hard thinking necessary for a nuanced cultural shift,? Valenti tweeted. The divisions are not limited to Hollywood, which has been hardest hit by the misconduct scandal, nor to women. Actress Catherine Deneuve made headlines last week in an open letter with 99 other French women that said #MeToo amounted to Puritanism and was fueled by a hatred of men. Men ? who have mostly confined their remarks to generalized expressions of support for women ? are beginning to speak out. Alec Baldwin described growing sentiment against director Woody Allen and his movies as ?unfair and sad". Woody Allen says claim he molested daughter 'discredited' I never molested my daughter ? as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago, says the American film director Allen on Thursday again denied an accusation that he molested his stepdaughter Dylan Farrow in 1992 and said she was using the sexual misconduct scandal to renew her allegation. Wall Street actor Michael Douglas last week took the unusual step of denying a misconduct allegation before it was published, saying he ?felt the need to get ahead of this?. Silverstein said the differing points of view are necessary conversations in the long-term goal for female equality and respect. ?For anyone to think this is over, they are sorely mistaken. This is just the beginning. We need to buckle up and keep pushing forward,? she said.
  14. French journalist Sandra Muller talks to AFP in October 2017. Image: BBC via AFP PARIS: The woman behind France's answer to the #MeToo campaign said Thursday she was being sued for slander by the man she accused of lewd remarks in a post that triggered a deluge of similar harassment accounts. Sandra Muller ? a US-based French journalist ? started the #balancetonporc (Expose your pig) movement in response to the wave of abuse allegations that toppled movie producer Harvey Weinstein. In a Twitter post on October 13, she told of how senior French TV executive Eric Brion had humiliated her, saying: "[?] You are my type of woman. I will make you orgasm all night." The post led to an outpouring of tales of harassment and assault, which were hailed as ending a culture of permissiveness in France towards unwanted advances. But, on Thursday, Muller said that after publicly apologising for his remarks, Brion had "changed tack" and decided to launch legal action against her. "I have been issued with a summons, in which Mr Brion demands 50,000 euros in damages for defamation, the publishing of the ruling, and 10,000 euros in legal fees," she wrote in a Facebook post. #ExposeYourPig: French women name and shame harassers French women have gone further, with some naming names rather than just sharing their experience of abuse A defiant Muller ? who was listed among the "silence breakers" named by Time magazine as Person of the Year in 2017 ? said she would "see this fight through to the end". "#balancetonporc has allowed victims to make their voices heard and shed light on a real societal problem that remains taboo," she said. "I hope the trial will provide an opportunity to have a real debate about how to combat sexual harassment," she said, accusing Brion of "trying to silence me". Alexis Guedj ? her lawyer ? told AFP that Brion had filed a court summons for defamation in Paris on January 10, but a hearing date has yet to be set. 'Court of social media' In an opinion article in Le Monde newspaper on December 30, Brion admitted making "inappropriate remarks to Sandra Muller" at a cocktail party. "I fancied her. I told her so, in a heavyhanded manner," he said, offering an apology. But he also accused Muller of "deliberately creating ambiguity about what happened" by accusing him in a call to name and shame workplace tormentors, and by linking it to the response to the Weinstein affair. Insisting he had never worked with Muller, Brion said, "The personal and professional consequences of this conflation of heavyhanded flirting and sexual harassment 'in the workplace' were very serious and damaging." Brigitte Bardot slams #MeToo 'publicity-seeking' actresses 'Lots of actresses try to play the tease with producers to get a role. And then, so we will talk about them, they say they were harassed' Brion said he had received insults over the incident and found it "nearly impossible" to find work as a result of Muller's tweets. He added he would have "much preferred" to be tried by a court instead of by the "court of social media". A group of prominent French women ? led by film star Catherine Deneuve ? sparked international controversy last week by defending a man's right to "bother" women. In a letter in Le Monde, the women complained that the campaign against harassment had become "puritanical".
  15. Veteran French film artist Brigitte Bardot. Image Courtesy: Le Figaro PARIS: French film legend Brigitte Bardot attacked the #MeToo movement Wednesday, claiming that actresses who complain of sexual harassment were just looking for publicity. "The vast majority are being hypocritical and ridiculous," she told the French magazine Paris Match. "Lots of actresses try to play the tease with producers to get a role. And then, so we will talk about them, they say they were harassed," declared the 83-year-old Bardot. "I was never the victim of sexual harassment. And I found it charming when men told me that I was beautiful or I had a nice little backside," said the actress, who became a *** symbol overnight for And God Created Woman in 1956. Her comments come a week after fellow French star Catherine Deneuve sparked a worldwide feminist backlash by defending men's right to "hit on" women. She signed an open letter by 100 prominent women that claimed that #MeToo had become a puritanical "witch-hunt" that threatened sexual freedom. It also inferred that women fondled on public transport should just get over it. But Deneuve later distanced herself from some of the other signatories after one claimed that women can orgasm during rape. 'Distrustful of the human race' The 74-year-old went on to apologise to victims of sexual assault, saying there was "nothing good" about harassment. Bardot ? who ended her film career in 1973 so she could dedicate herself to her animal rights charity ? has a long history of provoking feminists. Yet, she admitted to the magazine that she has not digested what happened to her when she was at the height of her fame in the 1960s, and her love life made international headlines. "I still find it difficult to understand what happened to me," she said. "That uncontrollable time made me very distrustful of the human race." Bardot said she "has almost no contact these days with the entertainment industry" other than phone calls from her old friends like veteran actor Alain Delon. Instead, she looks after her six cats, nine dogs, and some 50 other animals at her farm and animal sanctuary near the French Riviera resort of Saint Tropez. She said that she wants to be known as the "animals' fairy godmother" when she is gone, and, if she was reincarnated, she would be like to be a "mustang, that wild and free horse of the American West".
  16. Actress Catherine Deneuve/File photo PARIS: Actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other French women have denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #Metoo campaign against sexual harassment amounted to ?puritanism? and was fueled by a ?hatred of men.? In the aftermath of accusations against the US movie producer, millions of women took to social media to share their stories of being sexually harassed or assaulted, using the #Metoo hastag worldwide. ?This urge to send men to the slaughterhouse, instead of helping women be more autonomous, helps the enemies of sexual freedom,? the 100 women, including 74-year old Deneuve, one of France?s most famous screen stars, said in a column published by Le Monde daily. The man?s right to ?pester? a woman was an essential part of sexual freedom, they said, describing the campaign as ?puritanism?. Marlene Schiappa, the French minister tasked with cracking down on violence against women, said in a comment to Reuters that the Weinstein scandal forced a rethink of attitudes toward sexual harassment in France, a country that cherishes its self-image as the land of seduction and romance. Schiappa kicked off nationwide consultations on a law that is due to include steps to fight sexual harassment on the streets as well as extend the statute of limitation for rape of minors. In late October, protesters in Paris disrupted the opening of a retrospective of Roman Polanski?s work following new rape allegations against the French-Polish film director. But for Deneuve and the other signatories of the letter, including writers and journalists, this went too far. ?This vigilante (online) justice has punished men in their jobs, forced some to resign, when all they did was touch a knee, try to steal a kiss, talk about ?intimate? matters in a work diner,? they wrote. ?We defend a right to pester, which is vital to sexual freedom,? they said.
  17. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/bd62cd53db1bf0caa18f8e4b3b9620a8.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS84LzIwMTggNjozMjo0MiBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPTFlbFRiTDNoWDNvbHZ3RlkxVVpRQ0E9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] LOS ANGELES: Oprah Winfrey fans lit up Twitter on Monday with calls for her to run for US president after the entertainment star gave an inspiring ?new day? speech at an awards show in support of those who have exposed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. A surge of tweets carrying ?#Oprahforpresident? and ?#Oprah2020? hashtags followed her speech at the Golden Globes, where Winfrey became the first black woman to receive a lifetime achievement award on Sunday. Winfrey, an actress, movie and television producer, and chief executive of her OWN cable channel, is actively thinking about a run, CNN reported on Monday, citing two of her close friends. CNN did not name the friends, who it said had spoken on condition of anonymity. At least one emphasized that Winfrey had made no firm decision on a run. Sunday?s award ceremony honoured Winfrey, 63, as a role model for women and a person who has promoted strong female characters. ?In a 9 minute speech, @Oprah was more presidential than the current occupant of the White House has been for an entire year,? wrote Khary Penebaker, a member of the Democratic National Committee, on Twitter, referring to Republican President Donald Trump. ?That speech was everything. #timesup #oprahforpresident,? tweeted Boston television personality Cassy Arsenault in one of many calls for Winfrey to run in the next US presidential election, in November 2020. Trump also powered his successful 2016 campaign on the back of his celebrity reputation from reality TV show ?The Apprentice,? as well as long-cultivated attention in New York newspapers. In recent years, Winfrey has lent her star power to endorse Democratic presidential candidates: Barack Obama when he was seeking to become the first black US president in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in her campaign against Trump in 2016. In the past, Winfrey has said she is not interested in running for president, for example saying in a CBS interview in October when asked about the 2020 presidential election that, ?There will be no running for office of any kind for me.? However, the Los Angeles Times quoted Stedman Graham, Winfrey?s longtime partner in business and life, as saying on Sunday that ?It?s up to the people ... She would absolutely do it.? The awards show, Hollywood?s first leading up to the Oscars, was dominated by a scandal that has seen dozens of powerful men in US entertainment, politics and the media accused of sexual abuse or harassment. Winfrey, who along with most of the show?s other women attendees wore a black gown to show support for victims of sexual misconduct, was the first black woman to receive the annual Cecil B. DeMille award, joining the likes of Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and Sophia Loren. ?New day? for girls and women Winfrey used her speech to praise women who have shared their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, and to declare that ?a new day is on the horizon? for girls and women. ?When that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they become leaders that take us to the time where nobody has to say ?me too? again,? Winfrey said, referring to the #MeToo social media movement raising awareness about sexual harassment. Winfrey was raised in poverty by a single mother and went on to host the top-rated talk show ?The Oprah Winfrey Show? for 25 years before ending it in 2011. ?I want to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.? She produced and acted in the 2014 civil rights movie ?Selma,? and 2017?s ?The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks? and was Oscar-nominated in 1986 for her role in ?The Color Purple,? which she later helped finance a Broadway musical. Even after ending her daily talk show, her influence on popular culture remains strong. Forbes last year estimated her net worth at $3 billion and placed her third on its list of America?s richest self-made women.
  18. Golden Globes. Image. Vulture.com via Matt Sayles/Corbis LOS ANGELES: Normally ahead of the Golden Globes, the women of Hollywood would be clamouring to find the perfect headline-grabbing dress for the red carpet. Instead, many are planning to sport basic black to Sunday's gala ? a sartorial protest over sexual harassment. Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, and Emma Stone are leading the actresses taking a stand against the avalanche of misconduct allegations that have felled Harvey Weinstein and numerous other Tinseltown A-listers. But backing for the campaign by male stars including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ? who say they, too, will turn out in black in a gesture of solidarity ? has raised eyebrows and prompted ridicule. "Don't most men who attend the Globes come cloaked in either all-black or mostly black, with a black suit and black shoes and a black tie, anyway?" asked New York-based millennial-focused news site Mic. "Haven't men who have already stood at odds with women in Hollywood speaking out, like Matt Damon for instance, shown up to the Globes in black?" It is true that while outliers like Johnson himself, Donald Glover and Alan Cumming are sometimes partial to burgundy velvet, a glittery jacket or even a skin-tone suit, the vast majority of men turn up in regulation tuxedos. The stylists who say their male clients will tone it down in support of the so-called "blacklash" include Ilaria Urbinati, who is dressing Johnson, along with Armie Hammer, Liev Schreiber, Tom Hiddleston, and others. Female directors snubbed, Plummer surprises at Golden Globe nominations Women were shut out of the directors race at the 2018 Golden Globe nominations "Because everyone keeps asking me... Yes, the men will be standing in solidarity with women on this wearing-all-black movement to protest against gender inequality at this year's Golden Globes," she posted on Instagram. "At least all my guys will be. Safe to say this may not be the right time to choose to be the odd man out here... just sayin." 'Least possible effort' Urbinati told GQ magazine she wanted to ensure the protest didn't become a "women vs men and vice-versa thing" but that both sexes should put up a "united front." Johnson immediately demonstrated his support with the simple pledge "Yes we will" ? but not all Urbinati's 90,000 followers were convinced. "How will the men find black suits and tuxes to wear tho?" one asked dryly, while others suggested a multicoloured display of sartorial support with men going for pinks, reds, yellows or greens rather than plain old black. The Globes doesn't specify a formal dress code, so anything goes, color-wise. But some commentators have suggested that the more conservatively-minded men wishing to show support could adopt a pin or ribbon. New York-based stylist Michael Fisher, who dresses Hugh Jackman and Sam Rockwell, says his clients are going to wear dark suits with "black pocket squares" to support the cause. "It's going to be an inevitable thing out of solidarity. I think the majority of men are going to go safe in a black suit with a white shirt so no one's going to look the odd man out," he told weekly trade magazine Variety. "I'm so inspired by men wearing black to the Golden Globes, an event to which they'd normally wear black tuxedos," tweeted an acerbic Erin Gloria Ryan, a writer for The Daily Beast. "It's part of the storied man tradition of making the least possible effort but expecting credit anyway." Talk show host Seth Meyers to host 2018 Golden Globes Meyers follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Fallon, Ricky Gervais, and comedy duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler 'No real change' Designers and stylists are notoriously secretive ahead of awards ceremonies about how their stars are going to turn out. Representatives of the fashion community in Los Angeles have been reporting a run on all-black clothing for the Globes, from gowns to cocktail dresses and men's suits, according to Variety. "We are working hard to get in more all-black options to support those who are adhering to the Golden Globes consensus," one unnamed spokesperson told the magazine, adding that this included menswear. But there is controversy too surrounding the women's campaign. "Dear actresses: please wear bright colors 2 celebrate our power, not black 2 mourn the predators. They don't deserve it," tweeted Elisabeth Sereda, a writer and producer based in Venice, California. Jenny Cooney, of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the Globes, echoed the thought, posting: "Why should women not stand proud and in living color to show we will not be subdued and held down?" Rose McGowan, one of the most prominent critics of the culture of abuse in Hollywood and an alleged victim of Weinstein, criticized the campaign in a since-deleted tweet referring to the movie mogul as "The Pig Monster." "Actresses like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You'll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect (sic) no real change," she railed. But actress, poet, and activist Amber Tamblyn preferred to concentrate on the symbolism of black attire, which she said was "just the beginning of the darkness that will be drained from every industry."
  19. (L) Sarah Sewall ? the US Under Secretary of State for Human Rights ? in New Delhi, India, January 13, 2016; (R) Wendy Chamberlin ? the Deputy Commissioner of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) ? in Nairobi, Kenya, February 18, 2005. Combination picture created on November 29, 2017. AFP/Money Sharma and Simon Maina/Files WASHINGTON: More than 220 serving and former US diplomats, defence, and national security officials have added their names to the #metoo movement, releasing a letter saying that sexual harassment is rife in their professions. In the open letter posted online late Monday, the "women of the national security community" protested abuse and discrimination, saying that as in the private sector their complaints are ignored and they are held back professionally by the men they work with. "We, too, are survivors of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse or know others who are," they wrote in the letter headed #metoonatsec. "This is not just a problem in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, newsrooms or Congress. It is everywhere. These abuses are born of imbalances of power and environments that permit such practices while silencing and shaming their survivors." The signatories include women who serve in or have served in senior positions at the Department of Defense and State Department, White House, and intelligence agencies, among them about 60 former and current ambassadors. They included former US ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlin; Suzy George, who was chief of staff at the White House National Security Council; and Sarah Sewall, former undersecretary of state for human rights. They said that despite the large number of women who enter their areas of work, many drop out and only a few make it to senior positions. "Many women are held back or driven from this field by men who use their power to assault at one end of the spectrum and perpetuate ? sometimes unconsciously ? environments that silence, demean, belittle or neglect women at the other," they said. "This community must also address the serious gender imbalances in senior leadership positions because male-dominated teams have been found to be more prone to abuses and more diverse teams are consistently linked to better outcomes," they said. They recommended that their agencies institute mandatory training for all employees on harassment issues and establish multiple clear and private channels for reporting abuse and collecting claims. They also called for exit interviews for all women leaving government service, which could better reveal the extent of harassment issues.
  20. STOCKHOLM: The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, has been rattled by a *** scandal as several members, their wives and daughters accused an influential person with close ties to the prestigious institution of assault. The #MeToo wave exposing sexual misconduct which began in Hollywood has shaken artistic, media and political circles in Sweden, one of the most gender equal countries in the world, as thousands of women have spoken up and campaigned against harassment. Sweden´s prestigious literary scene was drawn into the fray on Tuesday when newspaper of reference Dagens Nyheter published the testimony of 18 women claiming to have been assaulted or raped by one of the most influential figures in Stockholm´s cultural scene. The accused man´s name has not been published in the media due to Swedish laws on the presumption of innocence. But his identity is generally known by the public as he is a high-profile person in cultural circles and his name has appeared in online chat forums discussing the issue. The man did not respond to AFP´s request for a comment, though he told Dagens Nyheter he was innocent. Married to a writer with "close links to the Swedish Academy", the man runs a cultural club showcasing exhibitions, readings and performances by both the cultural elite and hopefuls -- including Nobel literature laureates -- and dubbed by some as "the Academy´s living room". The club was partly funded by the Academy. 'Everyone has always known' The alleged sexual assaults occurred between 1996 and 2017, some of them in the club´s premises, according to Dagens Nyheter. Several women spoke openly, allowing the newspaper to reveal their identities, and their stories were corroborated by eyewitnesses, the paper said. One of them claims to have been raped in an apartment in a posh Stockholm neighbourhood. "Everyone knows and everyone has always known," that he was attacking young women, she says. The women said they remained silent out of fear of jeopardising their careers because of the man´s connections and close relations with leading publishers, producers, directors and composers. After a "crisis meeting" on Thursday evening, the Swedish Academy announced that it was cutting all ties with the accused, whom it had funded and allowed to manage an apartment it owns in an upscale Paris neighbourhood. The Academy said in a statement that during the meeting, "it emerged that members of the Academy, daughters of Academy members, wives of Academy members and staff of the Academy have experienced unwanted intimacy or inappropriate behaviour" by the man. The prominent institution said it would launch an internal inquiry to find out if the man "has had any direct or indirect influence on the Academy´s prizes, scholarships, and fundings of any kind". Culture Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke said she regretted honouring him with the 2015 Order of The Polar Star, awarded to members of the Swedish royal family and foreigners for services to Sweden.
  21. US President Donald Trump hugs a member of the Oklahoma women's softball team in the White House, Washington, DC, US, November 17, 2017. AFP/Mandel Ngan WASHINGTON: From the White House to Congress to the Supreme Court, the city has had its share of sexual scandals. But the #MeToo wave ? exposing sexual misconduct that began in Hollywood ? crashed ashore in the US capital this week, triggering an unprecedented slew of allegations, apologies, and resignations. Democratic Senator Al Franken said he was sorry after a radio talk show host accused him of forcibly kissing her in 2006 ? two years before voters in Minnesota sent him to the Senate ? and for posing for a picture, which showed him groping her while sleeping. US President Donald Trump ? despite numerous allegations that he has personally engaged in lewd conduct towards women ? was quick to pile on, calling him "Al Frankenstein" (sic) and saying the picture was "really bad". Trump's Twitter attack on the Democratic senator was in stark contrast to his relative silence over another scandal: allegations that Roy Moore ? the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama ? once preyed on teenage girls. Meanwhile, two female members of the House of Representatives ? one Democrat and one Republican ? accused two lawmakers, who they declined to name, of sexual harassment. And a congresswoman's chief of staff resigned amid allegations that he had sexually harassed co-workers. Former president George H.W. Bush, 93, has also found himself in the line of fire, accused by half a dozen women of groping them during photo ops, both before and after he became confined to a wheelchair. "There a lot of nervous people around wondering what ? who will be next," White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News. Hastert, Thomas, Clinton One of the most recent and high-profile cases of sexual misconduct in Congress involved Dennis Hastert ? the former Republican speaker of the House ? who pleaded guilty in 2015 to making illegal payments to hush up his molestation of teenage boys. Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas's Senate confirmation hearing in 1991 was overshadowed by allegations he sexually harassed a staffer, Anita Hill, charges which he denied. And then, of course, there is former Democratic president Bill Clinton, who admitted to having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky ? an intern ? while serving in the White House. The Trump presidential campaign repeatedly brought up Bill Clinton's indiscretions during the bitter 2016 White House race against his wife, Hillary Clinton. At the same time, the Trump campaign rejected the claims of multiple women that the billionaire real estate tycoon had acted inappropriately towards them ? a pattern of behaviour Trump more or less admitted in a notorious 2005 recording. "I'm automatically attracted to beautiful ? I just start kissing them," he said in the audiotape which surfaced during the campaign. "It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything." While the White House continues to deny that Trump has ever engaged in inappropriate behavior towards women, Congress is attempting to be proactive. Republican speaker Paul Ryan announced this week that the House would adopt "mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training" for lawmakers and their staff. "Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution," Ryan said. The Senate made anti-harassment training mandatory last week.
  22. Ada Kennedy, 7, looks up at her mother as they participate in a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Photo: Reuters LOS ANGELES: Hundreds of people marched in the heart of Hollywood on Sunday to support victims of sexual assault and harassment, inspired by a social media campaign that has portrayed such abuse as a pervasive feature of American life. The #MeToo march and rally followed a relentless series of accusations by men and women who said they were victimized by high-powered figures in the entertainment industry. But marchers said they also represented men and women who had been sexually abused as children and in other situations. ?I?ve been sexually assaulted multiple times throughout my life,? said marcher Tara McNamarra, 21, of Los Angeles. ?It?s affected me in every aspect of my life.? She said the march was cleansing after years of not being taken seriously about having been abused. Women made up a majority of the crowd, although men made a strong showing of support. Steven Murphy, 51, of Los Angeles, said he regularly witnessed sexual harassment while working as an accountant in the healthcare industry. ?I?ve had personal experiences of friends, of co-workers who were harassed, and nothing ever came of it,? Murphy said. ?They were made out to be the guilty ones. They were pressured and harassed by the company for speaking out against assault and sexual harassment in the workplace.? The marchers started at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, walking along the noted ?Walk of Fame? until they reached the Los Angeles headquarters of news network CNN at Sunset and Cahuenga Boulevards. Along the way, participants noted the stars of actors and producers accused of sexual harassment. The allegations have inspired an online campaign, tagged #MeToo, that has encouraged men and women in all walks of life to reveal their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault, often years after they occurred. Among the most recent allegations, five women detailed sexual misconduct accusations against Emmy-winning comedian Louis C.K. in The New York Times on Thursday. He admitted to the misconduct alleged against him in a statement on Friday and apologized for his actions. More than 50 women have said that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them over the past three decades. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual *** with anyone. Reuters has been unable to independently confirm any of the allegations. Earlier this month, actor Kevin Spacey apologized to actor Anthony Rapp, who had accused him of trying to seduce him in 1986 when Rapp was 14. Spacey?s representatives said later he was seeking treatment. Eight current and former employees of the Netflix TV show ?House of Cards,? who were not identified, also have accused Spacey, the star of the show, of sexual misconduct, CNN has reported.
  23. People participate in a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson LOS ANGELES: Hundreds of people marched in the heart of Hollywood on Sunday to support victims of sexual assault and harassment, inspired by a social media campaign that has portrayed such abuse as a pervasive feature of American life. The #MeToo march and rally followed a relentless series of accusations by men and women who said they were victimized by high-powered figures in the entertainment industry. But marchers said they also represented men and women who had been sexually abused as children and in other situations. ?I?ve been sexually assaulted multiple times throughout my life,? said marcher Tara McNamarra, 21, of Los Angeles. ?It?s affected me in every aspect of my life.? She said the march was cleansing after years of not being taken seriously about having been abused. Women made up a majority of the crowd, although men made a strong showing of support. Steven Murphy, 51, of Los Angeles, said he regularly witnessed sexual harassment while working as an accountant in the healthcare industry. ?I?ve had personal experiences of friends, of co-workers who were harassed, and nothing ever came of it,? Murphy said. ?They were made out to be the guilty ones. They were pressured and harassed by the company for speaking out against assault and sexual harassment in the workplace.? The marchers started at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, walking along the noted ?Walk of Fame? until they reached the Los Angeles headquarters of news network CNN at Sunset and Cahuenga Boulevards. Along the way, participants noted the stars of actors and producers accused of sexual harassment. The allegations have inspired an online campaign, tagged #MeToo, that has encouraged men and women in all walks of life to reveal their own experiences with sexual harassment and assault, often years after they occurred. Among the most recent allegations, five women detailed sexual misconduct accusations against Emmy-winning comedian Louis C.K. in The New York Times on Thursday. He admitted to the misconduct alleged against him in a statement on Friday and apologized for his actions. More than 50 women have said that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them over the past three decades. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual *** with anyone. Reuters has been unable to independently confirm any of the allegations. Earlier this month, actor Kevin Spacey apologized to actor Anthony Rapp, who had accused him of trying to seduce him in 1986 when Rapp was 14. Spacey?s representatives said later he was seeking treatment. Eight current and former employees of the Netflix TV show ?House of Cards,? who were not identified, also have accused Spacey, the star of the show, of sexual misconduct, CNN has reported.
  24. (L-R from top): US film producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, Director James Toback, Producer Brett Ratner, French-Polish director Roman Polanski and comedian Bill Cosby. Combination photo created on November 3, 2017. AFP/Getty Images North America/Yann Coatsaliou, Frederic J. Brown, Tiziana Fabi, Frederick M. Brown, Laurent Emmanuel, Don Emmert NEW YORK: During her thirties, Kate was groped twice by a colleague, another pressed his leg against her during a meeting and a boss turned hostile after she rebuffed his advances. On some mornings, she vomited before going to work because she was so anxious about seeing a manager who made endless sexual innuendos - which eventually drove her to quit. ?That guy was motivated by real contempt for women,? said Kate, 43, by phone, declining to give her surname. Kate said she did not dare speak out until her last day at the Boston firm when she complained to human resources. Such reluctance to report sexual harassment is common, experts said, as people often fear they will not be taken seriously, be branded a complainer, get colleagues fired or lose their own jobs. While allegations of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein?s predatory sexual behaviour have moved millions of women to share their stories of abuse on social media with the hashtag #MeToo, experts doubt there will be much change in the workplace. ?In the aftermath of the Weinstein scandal, we have not been informed about any new commitments ... companies are taking to fight against sexual harassment,? said Deborah Gillis, head of Catalyst, a non-profit advocating for women in business. Only one of the 20 top Fortune 500 largest US companies responded to queries from the Thomson Reuters Foundation as to whether the recent scandals had prompted them to revisit their sexual harassment policies. ?Harassment, even in its most subtle forms, directly conflicts with company policy,? a spokeswoman for Exxon Mobil said in emailed comments, adding that the oil producer had a zero-tolerance policy toward harassment. The remainder declined to comment or did not respond. Yet sexual harassment in the workplace is ubiquitous, experts say. Between 25 to 85 percent of women reported being sexually harassed at work, a 2016 report by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found. But the federal agency, which is responsible for handling such allegations, received less than 10,000 complaints a year between 2011 and 2016. The EEOC found that employees routinely fail to report harassment because they anticipate negative reactions, such as being blamed for undermining morale or subjected to retaliation that could damage their career or personal reputation. Zero tolerance US companies? reaction to the raging public debate about harassment has been muted. Experts said it was unlikely that corporations would take significant actions that could end a culture of silence over workplace abuse. ?These scandals, if anything, are going to get organizations to dust off their copies of their (harassment) policies,? Margaret Stockdale, a professor of psychology at the Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI), said by phone. Some firms would also likely retrain employees and issue notices that sexual harassment is not tolerated, she added. Managers at Amazon and the global advertising firm Interpublic Group of Companies sent zero tolerance memos to their staff last month, according to media reports. Fidelity Investments chairman, Abigail Johnson, also sent a video message to staff about the Boston-based company?s ?no tolerance? policy, after two managers accused of sexual harassment were fired. But such policies risk backfiring, said Meg Bond, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. ?If immediately the axe will always fall, it sounds tough. But what (research) found is that it sometimes discourages people from raising those issues,? she said. ?You?re not ready to raise it in a way that is going to get somebody fired,? she said in a phone interview. Zoe Chance, an assistant professor of marketing at Yale University who has written on sexual harassment, said new approaches are necessary - but it is not clear what works. ?Doing more of what companies are already doing, I don?t think will yield positive results,? she said. Up-and-coming initiatives include training bystanders to speak up when witnessing harassment, and to assess employees? ability to treat colleagues with respect as part of their performances reviews, Bond said. Stockdale of IUPUI said programs which track acts of retaliation by those accused of harassment also appear promising in encouraging victims to speak out. Back in Boston, Kate, who told her story as part of the #MeToo movement, has modest expectations. She first went public on Twitter a year ago, when the nation was abuzz over a video showing Donald Trump brag about grabbing women by the genitals as he was running for the presidency. ?I hope this isn?t a blip,? she said. ?We had this identical conversation last year.? ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
  25. European Parliament member Terry Reintke (C) holds a placard with the hashtag "MeToo" during a debate to discuss preventive measures against sexual harassment and abuse in the EU at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/Files Following the global efforts to crack down on sexual harassment and misconduct, South Asia has also started to emerge as a major region where such incidents are common. In this regard, India is reaching out to women in the private sector, urging them to report *** pests via an online portal previously restricted to government staff. However, activists dismissed the change, saying a portal would not stamp out sexism at work ? be it the lewd comments, stalled promotions or unwanted advances that women routinely face. ?Most offices do not even have a committee to look into sexual harassment, as mandated by law. So who will follow up on these complaints?? said Flavia Agnes ? a co-founder of Mumbai-based women?s rights organization Majlis. Uphill climb Brazil?s Sao Paulo and New Delhi ? India?s capital ? were paired as the world?s worst megacities for sexual violence against women in a poll published last month by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Unsafe workplaces keep educated women out of the labour force in India, where nearly two-thirds of women with college degrees are without jobs, leading to among the worst rates of female labour force participation in the world. In 2013, the country passed a law to tackle sexual harassment of women at the workplace. Employers were required to set up grievance councils to investigate all complaints. But equal treatment for women in the home, as well as the workforce is an uphill climb. SHe-box Since the launch of sexual harassment e-box (SHe-box) ? a tool to register complaints of sexual harassment at work ? in India, in July this year, nearly 350 complaints have been recorded, according to a statement by Maneka Gandhi ? the minister for women and child development ? released on Tuesday. When a complaint is submitted, it is sent to the employer?s internal complaints committee. The ministry, as well as the complainant, can monitor the progress of the inquiry. Complaints can range from lewd jokes and intimidation to denial of promotion after a spurned advance, Gandhi explained. The online portal will now be available to women in private companies, too. ?This is a proactive step taken by (the ministry) in the wake of the worldwide social media campaign #MeToo,? she stated. ?The government is completely committed to [providing] a safe and fair environment to working women,? she added. Politics, entertainment, fashion Tens of thousands of women across the world recounted tales of sexual harassment or assault with the hashtag #metoo on social media last month, in the wake of claims against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The New York Times and The New Yorker published articles on allegations that the Hollywood mogul had a decades-long history of sexual harassment and rape, prompting scores more women to speak out about his behaviour and that of others in the same industry. Allegations have since emerged against House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, director James Toback, comedian Louis C.K., and others. The scandal soon leached to other sectors ? be it Britain?s parliament, the global fashion industry or the film sector. Implement the law Nevertheless, activists in India said simply registering a complaint will not curb sexual harassment at work. ?The focus should be on implementing the 2013 law and improving the workplace environment for women, rather than setting up more avenues to complain,? she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation