CAA, the Hollywood talent agency that was implicated in the Harvey Weinstein scandal in a New York Times report earlier this month, is canceling its annual Golden Globe Awards party and forming a legal defense fund to support workplace harassment victims, the Hollywood Reporter and Associated Press report.
The agency also joined the "50-50 by 2020" pledge, promising to establish gender parity in its leadership by the year 2020, following the lead of fellow agency ICM Partners, which counts Shonda Rhimes as a client.
The funds that would normally be spent on the talent agency's annual party — which would celebrate nominated clients including Big Little Lies’ Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, Margot Robbie for I, Tonya, Saiorse Ronan for Lady Bird, Jessica Chastain and Aaron Sorkin for Molly's Game and Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg for The Post — will be redirected into the fund.
Netflix previously announced that the streaming service was dropping the Weinstein Co. as the co-host of their annual Golden Globes party.
Earlier this month, a New York Times report detailed how CAA continued brokering meetings with clients for Weinstein, even after agents were made aware of Weinstein's pattern of harassment.
One of the actresses named in the story was Mia Kirshner, a Canadian actress who claims in the Times report she was propositioned for sex by Weinstein and then urged by her CAA agents to drop the matter.
In an open letter to CAA published in Deadline on Monday, Kirshner urged the agency to do more in leading Hollywood's efforts against sexual harassment.
"I am (one) of the many women who was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein while represented by CAA," she wrote. "I am also one of the people who reported to my agent at CAA right after this happened."
Weinstein has repeatedly denied allegations of nonconsensual sex.
“Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct. There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred. Nonetheless, to those offended by Mr. Weinstein’s behavior, he remains deeply apologetic,” Weinstein's lawyers, Blair Berk and Ben Brafman, told USA TODAY in a statement sent by Weinstein's representative, Holly Baird.
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