×

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.”

 

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Dan Trachtenberg

    Tom Holland's 'Uncharted' Movie Loses Director

    Dan Trachtenberg has exited the director’s chair for Sony’s “Uncharted” movie starring Tom Holland, with the studio taking meetings with top filmmakers and production starting early next year. The studio confirmed Trachtenberg’s departure Thursday. It also said Sony-based PlayStation Productions — headed by Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan — had come on to produce alongside [...]

  • Participant Taps Anikah McLaren, Robert Kessel

    Participant Taps Anikah McLaren, Robert Kessel to Head Film Department

    Participant Media has named industry veterans Anikah McLaren and Robert Kessel as co-heads of the company’s film department with the titles of executive vice president. Both executives will report together to Participant CEO David Linde, who made the announcement Thursday. McLaren joins Participant having most recently served as a production executive for Fox Searchlight Pictures. [...]

  • 'The Son' Review: Bosnian Family Drama

    Sarajevo Film Review: 'The Son'

    It is a mixed blessing to be born in the aftermath of a war. On the one hand, you never have to experience the terror and suffering your parents did; on the other, you grow up with your own personal crises forever made to feel smaller by comparison. That, at least, is the frustration driving [...]

  • Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez star

    Box Office: Jennifer Lopez 'Hustlers' Heading for $25 Million Launch

    STX Entertainment’s “Hustlers,” a comedic thriller about strip-club employees seeking revenge, is expected to earn $25 million when it opens on Sept. 13, according to early tracking. The movie — starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lizzo — will debut alongside Warner Bros.’ “The Goldfinch.” The drama, based on [...]

  • AMC TheatresShop signs, Los Angeles, America

    AMC Theatres Lays Off 35 Corporate Staffers

    AMC Entertainment has laid off 35 corporate staffers and will not fill an additional 15 open jobs. The Kansas-based chain made the announcement Thursday as part of a previously announced “profit improvement plan” intended to achieve operating and administrative efficiencies. AMC, which operates more than 10,000 movie screens, had disclosed the plan on Aug. 8 [...]

  • Ann Sarnoff Warner Bros

    Ann Sarnoff Formally Takes Reins of Warner Bros. as CEO

    The Ann Sarnoff era at Warner Bros. has begun. Sarnoff formally took the reins as Warner Bros. chair-CEO on Thursday, two months after she was appointed to the post. Sarnoff told employees in a memo that she has been impressed by the company’s track record during the past year amid a period of upheaval for [...]

  • Take Me Somewhere Nice review

    Ena Sendijarevic on Migration, Identity and the Question of Belonging

    Bosnian filmmaker Ena Sendijarević had an auspicious debut with “Import,” a short film which world premiered in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2016. Drawing on her own family’s personal history, the Amsterdam-based director crafted an idiosyncratic tale about a family of Bosnian refugees trying to make a new home in the Netherlands. With her feature debut, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content