Hollywood’s less-heralded workers — the “below-the-line” crew on film sets that includes those working in editing, or sound, or craft services departments — remain fearful of speaking up about sexual harassment due to potential professional repercussions.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with numerous female employees working on film sets for an article published Wednesday about the treatment many women receive in an industry still traditionally seen as a “boys’ club.”
The stories from these often overlooked employees — many of whom wouldn’t identify themselves due to potential backlash from their employers — comes as the number of women who have accused disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault has now topped 40.
“I’ve been on a couple of shows where the entire crew was required to sit through a one-hour course on harassment with a quiz at the end,” one woman told THR. “On one of those shows, I had a supervisor physically assault me on the very same day and within hours after having attended the course. I decided not to complain to HR because of my previous negative experiences.”
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