Amid a torrent of accusations of sexual misconduct, including rape, in Hollywood, the entertainment industry’s biggest union demanded Thursday that actor auditions no longer take place in hotel rooms or residences.
“We call on producers and other decision makers with influence or control over decisions that can impact a career, to STOP holding professional meetings in these high-risk locations and find alternative, appropriate locations for professional meetings.
In cases where a member cannot find an alternative location, the union recommends attending the meeting accompanied by a person of trust.
In each case, there was a recurring theme of him inviting women to his hotel room to talk about work before proceeding to take off his clothes, offer them a massage or ask them to watch him masturbate — all under promises of fame or threats to ruin their careers.
The claims against Weinstein triggered a watershed moment that saw revelations of widespread sexual abuse in the entertainment industry that has felled other Hollywood heavyweights. The abuse often happened in hotel rooms.
“We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement.