Iconic entertainment group Creative Artists Agency will not be throwing a massive party to commemorate the 2018 Golden Globes nominees and winners.
Sexual Harassment Fund
All of the money and energy that usually go to the CAA's massive Golden Globe celebration will instead be rerouted to a fund that will go to any future legal cases regarding sexual harassment.
The decision comes after a string of high profile sexual harassment cases have blanketed Hollywood, politics, and television over the past few months. The CAA hopes that the fund could be used in not just Hollywood's fight against sexual harassment, but also in other legal battles across the country in other industries.
Mia Kirshner's Request
Many industry insiders believe that CAA started this fund after former Creative Artists Agency client, actress Mia Kirshner, personally called out the entertainment organization in Dec. 11 post. Kirshner, who appeared on The L Word and Defiance, stated that she was one of the women that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted.
"I am also one of the many women who was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein while represented by CAA." Kirshner wrote. "I am also one of the people who reported to my agent at CAA right after this happened."
Kirshner continued to write that the agency's written apology did not work with her and called the apology dismissive.
"The omission is me and all of the other people who have been harmed by failing to act on reports of sexual misconduct," wrote Kirshner. "Each of us needs a personal apology and not a form letter."
Kirshner suggested six actions that the company should take to stamp out sexual harassment. These include the creation of a blacklisting software application and a software application that allows people to report sexual misconduct.
Stamping Out Sexual Harassment
The Creative Artists Agency's sexual harassment fund is the latest way that Hollywood is trying to end the parade of ongoing sexual harassment allegations. Recently, Oscar-winning producer Cathy Schulman launched a sexual harassment hotline and legal service to provide support for victims.
Since sexual assault allegations against Weinstein broke out, there have been significant shake-ups in Hollywood. Power influencers such as Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, and Charlie Rose found their positions terminated. Others such as Russell Simmons and Mario Batali personally stepped down from their roles as investigations into their sexual harassment allegations unfold.