×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Gloria Allred on Latest Harvey Weinstein Suit: ‘It Won’t Be the Last’

Attorney Gloria Allred has promised that she’s going to continue pursuing justice for victims of sexual harassment.

Allred made the pledge Tuesday night at SAG-AFTRA’s national headquarters during a panel on sexual harassment and abuse, a few hours after filing a lawsuit against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein in which an unnamed actress alleged Weinstein raped her at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. last year. The actress, identified in the suit only as Jane Doe, claims Weinstein also masturbated in front of her without her consent during an earlier meeting at the same hotel.

The lawyer, who has represented several Weinstein accusers, including Heather Kerr, Louisette Geiss, and Mimi Haleyi, said the suit “won’t be the last.”

Allred explained to an audience of about 200 SAG-AFTRA members at the James Cagney room that accusers do not have to go public in order to to file such lawsuits.

“You can be a Jane Doe,” Allred added. “She’s not identified; she will not be speaking out publicly.”

Weinstein, through his reps, has denied the allegations in the suit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and also named The Weinstein Co. as a defendant. Weinstein was fired a month ago by TWC following the Oct. 5 bombshell report in the New York Times, which alleged he had settled eight harassment suits including those filed by Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.

For her part, Allred revealed Tuesday that she has reached “thousands” of confidentiality settlements in such cases.

“The press hates confidentiality settlements,” she said. “They don’t know about the thousands that I’ve made. I will never comment on whether there has been a settlement — my lips are sealed. I can say we need to do a lot more to empower victims.”

The event, titled “Beyond the Headlines: A Conversation on Sexual Harassment and Abuse in the Entertainment Industry,” opened with SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris thanking the “courageous” women members who have spoken out.

“This is a critically important time for us to have this conversation,” Carteris added. “It’s not just a Hollywood situation. It’s systemic throughout our culture. This is the first of many conversations. And it’s responsibility of all of us to step forward and take care of each other. By working together, we can absolutely change our culture.”

SAG-AFTRA blasted Weinstein on Oct. 9, calling his behavior “abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Other panelists included director Niki Caro, assistant director-producer Liz Tan, actress Lisa Vidal, and casting director Debra Zane.

Vidal recalled fleeing a situation when she was 19 when a producer asked her to go to an apartment so he could meet his realtor. When they arrived, the room had no furnishings except a mattress.

“I learned to open my mouth and give off a vibe of ‘don’t bark up this tree because you don’t want to know.'” she said. “I wanted to do this panel because of how important it is not to move around in fear.”

Zane said, “Treat people the way you want to be treated. We need to respect people in a non-hierarchical way. What’s going on is an abuse of power by those who can create jobs or give them. That must stop.”

 

More Film

  • Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Honored

    Thierry Frémaux, José Luis Rebordinos Named Honorary Argentine Academy Members

    BUENOS AIRES — In a ceremony just before Friday’s prize announcements at Ventana Sur, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian Festival, were named honorary members of Argentina’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in a new move for the Academy, out through by its new president, Bernardo [...]

  • Nona

    Film Review: 'Nona'

    Twenty years and 12 features down the line, it’s still hard to peg the directorial sensibility of Michael Polish, with or without the presence of brother Mark as frequent co-writer and actor. His output has been all over the place, from early Lynchian quirkfests to the very middle-of-the-road inspirational dramedy “The Astronaut Farmer,” not to [...]

  • Pawel Pawlikowski "Cold War"

    Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards

    “Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, scooped the prizes for best film, director and screenplay at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards on Saturday. “Cold War” star Joanna Kulig also won the award for best actress. Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” won for best actor. Armando Iannucci’s [...]

  • The Favourite Bohemian Rapsody Star is

    The Best Movie Scenes of 2018

    When we think back on a movie that transported us, we often focus on a great scene — or maybe the greatest scene — in it. It’s natural. Those scenes are more than just defining. They can be the moment that lifts a movie into the stratosphere, that takes it to the higher reaches of [...]

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Soars Toward $35-40 Million Debut

    “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is swinging into theaters on a high note. Sony-Marvel’s latest output is launching to $42 million from 3,813 North American locations in its debut, though other more conservative estimates place that number at $35.5 million. The animated superhero story picked up $12.6 million on Friday, easily leading the pack for the weekend. [...]

  • Ventana Sur : Cinema226 Closes Four

    Cinema226 Announces Four Intl. Co-Productions, Hints at More (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mexico’s Cinema226, run by Marco Antonio Salgado and Sam Guillén, is driving into a raft of Mexico, Argentina and Spain co-productions, playing off the current vibrancy of Mexican film production funding and distribution outlets. Among the projects are titles which have been standouts at Ventana Sur’s Blood Window, the next film by Mexico-based Argentine filmmaker [...]

  • Ventana Sur Debates Gender Parity in

    Ventana Sur Debates Gender’s 50/50 in 2020 for Argentina Film Industry

    BUENOS AIRES — Despite recent gains, namely the equality pledge towards 50/50-2020 signed at the Mar del Plata Film Festival on Nov. 12, producer Magalí Nieva, pointed out that no representative from INCAA was present following the apparent resignation of its vice-president Fernando Juan Lima. “We are left without an interlocutor to discuss gender policies [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content