Letter from the Publisher: An Open Apology to Women Facing Harassment

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9214352c) Matt Lauer appears on NBC's "Today" show on in New York NBC Today Show With The Cast Of Turbo, New York, USA - 9 Jul 2013

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9214352c)
Matt Lauer appears on NBC’s “Today” show on in New York
NBC Today Show With The Cast Of Turbo, New York, USA – 9 Jul 2013

I want to applaud the brave women who stepped forward to publicly point the finger at their aggressors.

They are saying no more to “after-hours meetings” or “I need to see you in my office” or whatever nefarious reason employers and those in power used to get a woman alone. They often hide behind their title, power, influence and use these to coerce those below them. Those seeking to move up, keep their job or excel are all at risk.

I can only shudder to think about the victims, those who have participated in said acts and how they must feel. To you ladies, I offer an extremely heartfelt apology. I am saddened by the behavior of these males. Unfortunately, I am embarrassed that we share the same sex. For weeks now we have listened to the names of male “celebrities” read off like a who’s who in their respective fields of endeavor:

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  • Celebrity chef Mario Batali: Stepeed down from daily operations at his restaurant empire following reports of sexual misconduct over a period of at least 20 years.
  • Celebrity chef John Besh: Accused by 25 women of sexual harassment. He has stepped down from the company he founded.
  • Singer Nick Carter: Accused by pop singer Melissa Schuman of raping her approximately 15 years ago. Carter has denied her allegations.
  • Comedian Louis C.K.: Accused by five women of sexual misconduct. Planned release of film “I Love You, Daddy” halted. Netflix special canceled. He says the allegations are true and has apologized.
  • Actor Dustin Hoffman: Accused by woman of sexual harassing when she was 17. He has apologized for his behavior.
  • Actor Robert Knepper: Accused by one woman of sexual assault. He denies the allegations.
  • Showrunner Andrew Kreisberg: Accused by 19 women of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching. The “Supergirl” and “Arrow” showrunner has been suspended by Warner Bros. Television Group. He told Variety he has made comments on women’s appearances and clothes “but they were not sexualized.”
  • Pixar and Disney Animation chief John Lasseter: Accused by several women of unwanted touching and has announced he is taking a six-month leave of absence. He has acknowledged some “missteps” with employees and apologized for any behavior that made workers uncomfortable.
  • Actor Jeremy Piven: Accused by three women of sexual misconduct. He denies all allegations.
  • Filmmaker Brett Ratner: Accused by at least six women of sexual harassment. Playboy shelved projects with Ratner and Ratner stepped away from Warner Bros. related activities. He denies the allegations.
  • Comedy festival organizer Gilbert Rozon: Accused by at least nine women of sexually harassing or sexually assaulting them. Rozon stepped down as president of Montreal’s renowned “Just for Laughs” festival and apologized “to all those I have offended during my life.”
  • Producer Chris Savino: Accused of harassing up to 12 women. Fired from Nickelodeon. He has apologized for his behavior.
  • Actor Steven Seagal: Accused by two women of rape. He denies the allegations.
  • Def Jam Records mogul Russell Simmons: Accused by model Keri Claussen Khalighi of coercing her to perform a sex act and later penetrating her without her consent in his New York apartment in 1991. Simmons has disputed her account, saying the relationship was consensual.
  • Actor Tom Sizemore: Accused of groping an 11-year-old actress in 2003. Utah prosecutors declined to file charges, citing witness and evidence problems. He denies the allegation.
  • Actor Kevin Spacey: Accused by at least 24 men of sexual misconduct or assault. London police reportedly investigating two sexual assaults. Fired from “House of Cards” and replaced in Ridley Scott’s completed film “All the Money in the World.” Massachusetts prosecutors are investigating one allegation. His former publicist has said he is seeking unspecified treatment.
  • Actor Jeffrey Tambor: Two women — an actress on his show “Transparent” and his assistant — allege sexual misconduct. He denies the allegation, saying in a statement that he has “never been a predator — ever.” Tambor said this week he doesn’t see how he can return to the Amazon series.
  • Producer Harvey Weinstein: Accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment or sexual assaults, including rape. Fired by The Weinstein Co. and expelled from various professional guilds. Under investigation by police departments in New York, London, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex, but he has apologized for causing “a lot of pain” with “the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past.”

IMG_4035I mean the list just continues to grow. Some not listed: Donovan McNabb, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Ike Taylor, Bill Cosby

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I was raised by a single mother and wouldn’t understand if she shared with me that these kinds of conversations were part of her 8-9hr day. She worked in manufacturing at Kodak and like most mothers needed her job. For the millions of women who work outside of Hollywood, normal office jobs with a desk pervert or in retail with a creepy boss, the stakes are even higher. They can’t just quit. They can’t just identify their harasser.

I apologize to all of you women.

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1 comment

  1. Erin

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. While the voices of the survivors are of primary importance right now, I appreciate hearing from males who are willing to speak on this issue.

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