Asked about recent allegations of sexual harassment concerning movie mogul Harvey Weinstein — and a slew of others — Scooter Braun had this to say:
“When I came into the business, that behavior wasn’t surprising. If you were a male executive, people assumed: fast cars, fast women. And that always bothered me, because when I found out who Richard Branson really was — married for over 38 years, faithfully, with two kids that he loves — and Jeffrey Katzenberg is a family man, and Lucian Grange is a family man, why does no one know this? Why are we celebrating the playboy? Why are we celebrating talking about who got laid?
It’s hard for me to understand because I’m not that dude. I was raised by an empowered woman. I married an empowered woman. If anything like that ever happened to my wife, I’d probably kill somebody. No one in my company is that guy either. But I think it’s extremely important that we put a light on
this. It’s important that women and men aren’t fearful about coming forward. I want our industry to demand that we investigate this stuff and find out the truth and make sure that people are held 100% accountable, because there’s no place for it.
We need to change our status quo. Let’s start by acknowledging people who have balance and live their life with class, and not make it something that a 20-year-old newcomer to the industry doesn’t know about. Let’s give them something to aspire to.
It’s never been such a good time to be a good guy.”