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Sexual harassment and assault

Wonder Woman 2 filming first to follow anti-sexual-harassment guidelines newly drawn up by Producers Guild

Sequel to superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot will be first to officially adopt guidelines put in place to combat Hollywood’s headline-grabbing harassment problem

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 January, 2018, 12:05pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 January, 2018, 12:05pm

Less than a week after the Producers Guild of America put them in place, Wonder Woman 2 will be the first film to officially adopt the group’s new anti-sexual harassment guidelines.

The superhero flick directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot was announced Saturday as the very first in Hollywood to implement the guidelines, which were released Friday as a means of combating Hollywood’s headline-grabbing sexual harassment problem.

“For the multitude of producers urgently seeking guidance on how to proceed with their work while holding a firm line against harassment, we believe this document will prove invaluable,” PGA presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary said.

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The guidelines, which were ratified by a unanimous vote last week, come as an answer to the flood of sexual harassment and assault allegations that have been levelled against prominent Hollywood figures in the wake of claims against Harvey Weinstein that surfaced in October.

Weinstein was banned for life from the Guild that same month.

The lengthy new rules range from tips to help identify different types of sexual harassment, to mandatory training for all cast and crew members in pre-production.

Michael Douglas is the latest star to be accused of sexual harassment. Journalist and author Susan Braudy claims he masturbated in front of her during a one-on-one meeting in his New York apartment when she ran the New York office of his Stonebridge Productions in the 1980s.

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Though not required, the guidelines also suggest sets appoint two cast or crew members, one male and one female, as go-to points of contact for reporting instances of harassment.

The Producer’s Guild is working with Time’s Up, a new anti-harassment initiative, and directs cast and crew to the Time’s Up legal defence fund should they need it.

Wonder Woman 2, meanwhile, will hit cinemas in December 2019.