I wish there was a data base list of sexual harassers people had access to

 

I’ve been preoccupied with the idea of justice.

George denies he threw me on a table in front of a group of people and dry humped me. I know he’s lying. I have witnesses.

The DGA says it has a no tolerance policy for sexual harassment, yet there isn’t any info on how to file a complaint against a member. Most film and television production is done through a subsidiary company or LLC so a parent company can legally cover its ass. Employees of film and television production are work-for-hire. There really is no place safe to go if something terrible happens.

This is what needs to happen.

The Producers Guild of America needs to create a database. It will keep sexual harassment information about cast and crew members. It will include everything from unwelcome jokes, hostile abusive work environment, unwanted sexual advances, verbal sexual harassment, physical sexual harassment and so on.

It will name the person responsible for the harassment. It will allow the person who filed the complaint to remain publicly anonymous.

It will show if the perpetrator apologized.

It will give the victim a chance to speak in a safe place.

It will provide an opportunity for the harasser to learn from their behavior, correct it, and stop it. I imagine the offender going to classes to learn what is appropriate and not.

Instead of a silent network of sexual harassers and pedophiles having power, the victims of their unwanted behavior will.

People can use the database to look names up, and make choices based on their behavior, and if that person is wanted on set.

Personally, I believe there are plenty of talented and good people out there. Sure they may get testy on set, joke around, and flirt to get through the day, but they also know the line between appropriate and not. Between welcome and unwelcome. Hire those talented people. Not the other ones.

Who’s with me?

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  1. I am. I just read Glitterbomb. It’s a great comic. I loved it. But I was sad to read the terrible story of your experience in the industry. And sad that it’s like so many others. I’m glad you found a way to present your work. I hope it brings you the success you deserve.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and I’m so glad you enjoyed GLITTERBOMB. The creative team lead by Jim Zub is amazing creatively and they’re great men, too. Happy holidays!

  2. Hi Holly, I just ran across that story you did about your experiences working on a movie directed by an “Alexander” for xojane.com. I put 2 and 2 together. So I edited the “Election” Wikipedia page to show your sexual assault claim against “George” (George Parra I presume).

    I’m letting you know so you can delete it if I’ve reached the wrong conclusions from reading your story, or if you just want to delete it for fear of lawsuits. Obviously I can’t speak for you, but I’m giving you a nudge to speak out against him here. If you have eyewitnesses, and can get the DGA or LAPD to investigate, the truth will out. Another options is reporting it to investigative reporters at the LA Times, NY Times, Variety, and Hollywood Reporter. The actress Jessica Barth has a gmail account linking to a database you can add your story to — you can see it pinned to her Twitter page.

    Also I’ve read about a new sexual harassment/assault hotline set up by Women in Film, might be worth a call. Here’s one of the articles that mentions it:

    https://www.fastcompany.com/40503431/women-in-film-has-set-up-a-hollywood-hotline-for-sexual-harassment-victims

    Finally, I believe a DA (Jackie Lacey?) has set up a new LAPD task force to deal with these matters.

    Best wishes,
    Travis

    1. Thanks for all the great information and the support!

      I’ve been linked and scrubbed from Wikipedia several times and have spoken to reporters in the past.

      I have witnesses, but those with power behind their name still have more influence. And some who saw are still afraid of losing their jobs.

      I hope this is a time of shifting ideals and those who have endured sexual harassment won’t have to any more.

  3. Sure thing. Just curious: were the witnesses the 5 people who you referred to in the xojane article?
    If so, you could probably get attention called to this right now, considering Payne has a new movie out.

    “a few producers, the production manager, the director, maybe a driver from transportation, a production assistant or two”

    1. I have filed a complaint with the Directors Guild of America about George, and it appears links to wiki are often re-edited by those who support the men who harassed me.

      1. I tried posting this to the Wikipedia page for “election” three times.

        After it was deleted the first time I logged in so I could keep track of who was deleting it (you can do that).

        I was careful to note that this is an allegation and not a proven fact, but as it’s a serious allegation, it should be taken seriously. However, Wikipedia’s editors keep deleting it and justifying it by saying there aren’t enough sources. There is a Wikipedia policy on this – I think you may need to get this story printed by a national publication or perhaps get three separate news sites to run it.

        I told the editors who keep deleting the allegations that they should consider themselves to be de facto “accomplices after the fact” which is a form of “aiding and abetting” and under some circumstances is a crime in and of itself, but to no avail — they just keep deleting it.

        IMO the witnesses need to be asked to speak up about this.

        If Mr. Hughes decides to take legal action (I don’t know what the statute of limitations is) and the witnesses fail to volunteer their support, I would think they could be subpoenaed.

  4. Thank you for that information.

    I have witnesses, only one is brave enough to use their name. The others are too scared of the backlash they may face in the industry to back me publicly even though they sent me messages privately. No less than 3 news agencies have contacted me abut the story doesn’t air (I was interviewed in a group of women who were sexually harassed). One reporter said due to liable and George denying it happened and his GASLIGHTING LIES they need a 3rd witness before they’ll publish. The reporter believes me and let me know I’m not the only person who was harassed. The 3rd person is too scared. This is why I filed a complaint with the DGA. I feel complete. To be honest, reliving this horrible chapter in my life is quite triggered and has stole more of my time than I want to give. I feel complete that I’ve done everything I can and I appreciate the support of those who stand with me. I hope the things I’ve done privately make a difference, even if they don’t get attention. Thank you so much.

    1. You’re welcome, I wish I could do more.

      I’m afraid these stories have triggered bad memories for a lot us, but the silver lining is that at least some people are feeling encouraged and empowered enough to speak their truth, expose the creeps and criminals, and seek justice in at least some cases.

      I’m glad to hear you filed a complaint with the DGA. I hope the 2 witnesses who have been wiling to go on the record supporting you wile file corroborating statements. If they do that, maybe the 3rd privately-supportive witness will be willing to do so as well. After all the DGA isn’t going to run anyone’s names in the press.

      (I assume the witnesses know they can tell reporters they’re willing to be interviewed, but only off the record?)

      I’ve actually been in contact with several entertainment reporters re: allegations against a very successful movie producer here in Los Angeles, because I know 5 women who’ve told me stories about him. Although none of them appear to be victims themselves, they’ve witnesses his bad behavior or heard stories from their coworkers. And I know 3 of them women pretty well. So even though I’m not a victim or an eyewitness, I felt that was at least 2 too many credible witnesses, so I felt obligated to take the allegations seriously.

      So I referred the women to reporters who would very much like to speak to them.

      But unfortunately, none of the women have shown enough courage to talk to the reporters.

      The producer is wealthy enough to be able to afford the best attorneys, so that might be giving them pause.

      I have discovered Reporters generally won’t run stories unless they get 3 credible people to talk to them off the record, or 1 credible person to talk to them on the record. I suppose that policy exists for fear of running a story which could turn out to be false, or fear of being unable to successfully defend themselves in a lawsuit.

      I’ve referred the women to Jessica Barth, as well, because she’s put together a whole list of alleged harassers and abusers, and she offers to connect the survivors with each other when multiple allegations come up about the same person. So you might try contacting her. If she’s received other complaints about Parra, she could try to connect you with Parra’s victims, or other eyewitnesses to his behavior.

      You can easily find her on Twitter and the email address she’s receiving the stories at is whoisyourharvey@gmail.com

      I have mixed feelings about the Women In Film approach to dealing with this (they set up a hotline for one thing), because the (woman) lawyer who helped set it up works for Greenberg Glusker the lawfirm that also employs Bert Fields, who used to represent the Weinstein Company, and may still be representing Bob. She’s a different lawyer…but still.

      I feel pretty sure the #TimesUp people would be worth looking at and considering, though, because there are a lot of very well known lady actresses involved in that.

      Take care…

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