SAG-AFTRA Chief Addresses Industry’s Sexual Harassment Controversy

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SAG National Executive Director David White speaks at the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Merger Referendum Results Announcement on March 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (March 29, 2012 - Source: Valerie Macon/Getty Images North America)

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by  on November 29, 2017.

In his first public pronouncement on Hollywood’s ever-widening sexual harassment scandal, SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White said in a letter to the union’s members that sexual harassment “has been a scourge in the entertainment industry for decades, but the recent revelations that have fed headlines across the globe have been truly shocking.”

In his letter, posted in the current issue of the union’s magazine, he wrote that “Through the courage of those who are willing to share their personal experience, we are now presented with an opportunity – a chance to initiate systemic change that can improve the lives of many and shift an appalling practice of abuse. We must rise to this challenge.”

“Let there be no question,” he continued, “that SAG-AFTRA is committed to doing our part to bring about the change necessary to address the issue of harassment in our industry.” …

Deadline Hollywood 11/29

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