Kathleen Kennedy Proposes Industry Commission in Wake of Weinstein Claims

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Kathleen Kennedy arrives at the 24th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills on Monday, October 16, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP photo)

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter on October 16, 2017. It’s attributed to THR staff.

Kathleen Kennedy addressed the allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding Harvey Weinstein and suggested bold proposals to tackle the culture of fear and abuse in Hollywood on Monday night for the 24th annual Elle Women in Hollywood celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The Lucasfilm president prefaced her keynote address by taking “a moment to get serious,” suggesting that the event was the “perfect platform” to talk about the “terrible and terrifying stories of sexual harassment and assault in the film industry that has dominated the news.”

“A demand is growing for action to prevent further civil and human rights abuses in the future,” Kennedy said, directly naming Weinstein. She added that the “increased awareness of the belittlement, objectification and predation long endured by women who work in film will certainly be one result of the exposure of what Harvey Weinstein did.” …

Hollywood Reporter 10/16

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