UC Law SF Communications and Entertainment Journal


Sara Khorasani


In the fall of 2017, the world was shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct against one of Hollywood’s high-powered movie moguls. The Harvey Weinstein scandal exposed countless accounts of sexual harassment and abuse, along with the settlement agreements that had kept them covered for decades. Since then, social movements have helped knock Harvey off his Hollywood throne and shed light upon a major concern plaguing the entertainment industry. This paper seeks to address how to effectively change an industry that has long bred a systemic culture of sexual harassment and discrimination. Under the accepted norms of Hollywood, victims of sexual harassment are silenced at all stages. A complete cultural shift in the entertainment industry is necessary, now that this scandal has focused the public's attention on sexual harassment. Together, social movements and new legislation can finally break the silence: by encouraging victims to speak out and eliminating the secrecy in settlement agreements.