The union issued the condemnation on Monday, the day after its biennial convention at the Sheraton Universal Hotel ended and Weinstein was ousted from his own company after multiple revelations of misconduct.
“We commend the courage and candor of every woman who has spoken out about the disgraceful, aggressive, and inappropriate behavior they experienced with prominent industry employers,” the union said. “We support their right to speak out and we lift up their voices so that their truths can be fully heard. Everyone has the right to work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment.”
On Oct. 5, a story in the New York Times detailed accusations that Weinstein sexually harassed a number of women, including actress Ashley Judd. Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, and Glenn Close have all denounced the producer.
“The behavior alleged on the part of Harvey Weinstein is abhorrent and unacceptable,” SAG-AFTRA said. “Unfortunately, it is more prevalent than our industry acknowledges and many times victims are afraid to tell anyone. Those who do come forward empower themselves and others to speak out. We also commend the New York Times for the extraordinary reporting that uncovered and brought to light the allegations in this case.”
The performers union, which has about 160,000 members, also said that it operates a safety hotline at 844-Safer Set to deal with such behavior.
“We believe that each of us has a fundamental right to be safe in our person and to be treated with dignity and respect at work,” it said. “There is more to be done by all of us to ensure the safety of women in the industry. We operate the SAG-AFTRA Safety Hotline specifically for members to report safety violations, including harassment and inappropriate or aggressive behavior.”
The union concluded its statement by saying, “If you are being coerced or threatened or simply feel that a situation is not right or is uncomfortable — speak out. We hear you. Call 844-Safer Set any time day or night and a dedicated SAG-AFTRA rep will be notified and will help address your concerns. We all have the absolute right to be safe at work.”