Hollywood Talent Agency Scrapped A Golden Globes Party To Fight Sexual Harassment Instead

Instead of just walking the red carpet, it's taking a stand.

At least one group in Hollywood will be celebrating awards season a little differently this year. In lieu of its annual pre-Golden Globes party, talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) will put the money normally used for the bash toward fighting sexual harassment. The fund will be used to help victims of such behavior in all industries, not just film.


While CAA will still be hosting some scaled-down events this weekend, the agency has committed the remaining funds from pre and post-Golden Globes celebrations toward establishing a legal fund for victims of workplace sexual misconduct, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The exact amount that will be set aside fund has not been released at the time of publication. 

The past several months have been a reckoning of sorts for the film industry with regards to the pervasive culture of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood. CAA itself was named in the New York Times story about those who were complicit in Harvey Weinstein's alleged decades-long sexual misconduct. 

"We want to make clear to clients and colleagues that even one of our clients being harassed over the company's 42 years is one too many," the agency said in a statement after the article was published. "We apologize to any person the agency let down for not meeting the high expectations we place on ourselves, as individuals and as a company." CAA has also committed to achieving gender parity in company leadership by 2020. 

CAA is not the first to trade — for at least one night — the glamour of walking the red carpet for taking a stand for others. Last year, United Talent Agency scrapped its traditional Academy Awards party and instead held a rally and fundraiser for refugees outside its offices. 

"When fear and division get the better of a society, artists are among the first to feel the impact — and to denounce the ill winds," Jeremy Zimmer, CEO of UTA said of the company's decision to cancel the event last year. "With our words and our actions, the UTA family is speaking up for artists and so many others, and the vital global conversations they help lead."


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