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Workplace harassment blights industries across board

Oct 25, 2017 / Media Coverage / Daily Mail — AFP

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a global scourge. From sport to cuisine, from fashion to finance, here is a round-up of industries in the United States dogged by revelations in the wake of Harvey Weinstein's disgrace.

- Cinema -

A Norwegian actress on Wednesday joined more than 50 women who have already publicly accused Hollywood mogul Weinstein since October 5 of sexual misconduct ranging from inappropriate touching to rape, stretching back decades.

Natassia Malthe told a news conference in New York that Weinstein forced himself onto her in a London hotel in 2008. "It was not consensual. He did not use a condom," she told reporters.

"Penetration without the consent of the person who alleges she was the victim would be called sexual assault or rape," said her lawyer, Gloria Allred.

Dozens of accusations have been made against director James Toback for unwanted sexual encounters. Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon has said she was 16 when she was assaulted for the first time by an unnamed director.

Pop singer Bjork also said she was harassed, calling it "a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it."

- Fashion -

Labels Bulgari, Diesel and Valentino are reportedly parting ways with Terry Richardson, a 52-year-old US photographer famed for sexually explicit images after Conde Nast blacklisted him from its magazines.

Designer Prabal Gurung called on the fashion industry to hold accountable all who worked with Richardson and turned a "blind eye to his horrific actions. Clearly they cannot say they didn't know, because we all knew."

US model Cameron Russell launched an Instagram campaign called #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse that swiftly garnered more than 70 anonymous accounts of abuse, lewd behavior and harassment.

- Finance -

Fidelity Investments, one of the biggest finance firms in the world, sacked two senior executives including one who ran a $16 billion tech fund, over sexual harassment allegations, an industry source confirmed Tuesday.

The company is presided over by CEO Abigail Johnson, widely considered the most powerful woman in the male-dominated world of US finance.

"We simply will not, and do not, tolerate this type of behavior," a company spokesman told AFP by email.

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