The Latest: Writers Guild pledges more harassment prevention


NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

The eastern branch of the Writers Guild of America says it will take steps to make it easier for women to report sexual harassment and assault.

In a statement Thursday, guild President Beau Willimon and Executive Director Lowell Peterson condemned Harvey Weinstein’s “deplorable” behavior and said that “sexual harassment and assault have long been hallmarks of the entertainment industry.”

The guild said it will review what it can do to facilitate prevention of harassment going forward.

The statement acknowledged that accusers often speak out at and face great professional and emotional risk.

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2:25 p.m.

A woman who once interviewed with Harvey Weinstein for a nanny job has gone public with her story about how he interviewed her wearing only boxer shorts and an undershirt.

Actor, comedian and writer Sarah Ann Masse said her nanny agency referred her to Weinstein in 2008 for a part-time position to care for his three children from his first marriage. She said that when she rang the bell of Weinstein’s Westport, Connecticut, home she was shocked to see him in nothing but the undergarments when he answered the door.

Masse said she remained calm as he led her to a couch and sat down on a couch across from her and went ahead with standard interview questions.

At one point, Masse said, two of the children wandered into the room and “he screamed at them to leave.” He then asked whether she felt it was a conflict to be his nanny while pursuing an acting career and smirked when he asked whether she would “flirt” with his friends to get ahead.

When the interview was finished, Masse said, Weinstein hugged her tight and said, “I love you.” About a week later she was told by a Weinstein assistant …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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