It didn't take long, in fact - no time at all - for the accusations to start piling up against pols and entertainment fat-cats in the aftermath of the Weinstein sex scandal. The avalanche of accusers pointing out sexual misdeeds has widened to include over 200 perverse individuals including Lauer, Hoffman, Ratner, Spacey, and Segal. Weinstein's accusers now number over 90 and growing!
Hollywood attorneys say their phones are ringing and vibrating (no sexual connotation implied) non-stop. Shawn Holley, a showbiz litigator told CMG that, "Almost all of the women I've spoken with are still trying to figure out what, if anything, they want to do. They are exploring civil, as well as. possible criminal remedies."
Women working in the entertainment industry, at all levels, are coming forward with horror stories in numbers never imagined. And journalists are chasing tip after tip pointing to claims of abuse, sexual impropriety, and far-reaching cover-ups. Talent agencies, studios, networks, and law firms are being scrutinized for their roles in enabling, concealing, and even participating in the perverse behavior.
One question being asked of the women accusers is: Did you tell your agent, and what did he or she do about it? Actress Rae Dawn Chong stated that her agent, CAA, would send her on auditions where sexual harassment would take place. "Did I call my agent and tell him what happened and say how violated I was? Yes. And did CAA take the position of 'We'll protect you?' No. It became, 'Rae Dawn Chong's difficult'. And it did impact my career. Obviously, I left CAA promptly, because it was like a pimp situation."
Women and men who feel victimized are now much more comfortable sharing their experiences with supervisors and HR departments. We'll see how long this cleansing acts will continue but at the moment it appears their is no stop in sight.