Weinstein effect: Cannes Film Festival to introduce sexual harassment hotline
With the recent increase of Sexual Harassment incidents, the Cannes film festival is partnering with French women’s equality minister Marlene Schiappa to set up a sexual harassment phone line for victims or witnesses to report incidents.
The French women's equality minister said she is partnering with the festival to introduce the phone line so that no will become the victim of anyone.
The Cannes film festival French women’s equality minister Marlene Schiappa will be working together to set up a sexual harassment phone line for victims or witnesses to report incidents.
"We have set up a partnership with the Cannes film festival to tackle sexual harassment," Schiappa told news agency AFP.
Schiappa noted that Harvey Weinstein, the one-time "King of Cannes," had committed many of his offenses during the film festival.
"One of the rapes that Harvey Weinstein is accused of happened at Cannes, and so the festival cannot act," she said, referring to the accusations leveled by actress Asia Argento.
The phone line will be placed for people to complain or report any incidents of harassment or assault. However, the film festival has not yet revealed the details of the program.
The initiative comes after Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux said that the film festival would review its practices after the Weinstein stories came to light.
"We will discuss our own practices with the festival team," he said at the press conference unveiling this year's official selection on April 12. "The Cannes Film Festival will never be the same again."
The Cannes film festival is set to run May 8-May 19.