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Anita Hill to lead panel on sexual misconduct

16 Décembre 2017

The Hollywood Commission for Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace tapped Hill on Friday to chair the organization, which will work to quell the ongoing climate of sexual misconduct that has defined Hollywood since its inception.

In addition to her experience in the field, the commission cites Hill's "indomitable courage" in sharing her own sexual harassment story with the world as one of the reasons she was selected to lead the newly formed commission. Announced Friday, the commission hopes to create a "comprehensive strategy" to address the issues of gender parity and power in Hollywood.

Chaired by lawyer Anita Hill, it is being founded and funded by the chief executives of almost every major Hollywood studio, TV network and record label. The long list includes Disney CEO Bob Iger, Paramount CEO Karen Stuart, Universal Music Group CEO Sir Lucian Grainge and CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and entertainers' unions have also signed up to the commission, which follows a wave of accusations against Harvey Weinstein - who denies non-consensual sex - and others in Hollywood.

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The group chose as its chairwoman the law professor Ms Hill, who brought the concept of sexual harassment to national consciousness in 1991 when she testified during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas.

"The fact that so many industry leaders - across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies. and guilds - came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era", Ms Kennedy said. "This moment presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to make real change".

The revelations about Weinstein in October sparked two months unlike any the media world has seen, with almost daily allegations of sexual harassment, assault and abuse that have ensnared some of the most prominent players in entertainment including Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Dustin Hoffman and Russell Simmons.

Anita Hill to lead panel on sexual misconduct