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Casting directors ‘have a duty of care’ in wake of Weinstein revelations – CDG

The Casting Directors’ Guild “completely condemns any and all behaviour that abuses, disrespects and undermines any individual” in light of the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Photo: Andrey Bayda/Shutterstock
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The Casting Directors’ Guild has issued a statement emphasising its members’ responsibility to be vigilant against any abuse of its duty of care to actors, in light of the intensifying sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.

The CDG, which represents casting directors for theatre, television and film in the UK and Ireland, said it had been closely following recent events and “completely condemns any and all behaviour that abuses, disrespects and undermines any individual”.

“At all stages of the audition process, casting directors have a duty of care and our members are expected to be vigilant against any abuse of this responsibility, not only with regard to their own behaviour but also that of our employers and collaborators.

“It is vitally important to the CDG that all actors feel comfortable, safe and respected at all times and that they are enabled and empowered to audition and work without fear of abuse in any form.”

The statement added that the organisation had the “greatest respect and admiration” for those who have spoken out, and called on anyone that feels personally affected by unfolding events to made contact for support and guidance.

“Sexual abuse, coercion, harassment and bullying have no place in our industry, or any other,” it said.

The CDG’s US equivalent, the Casting Society of America – which has recently opened a London branch – also reiterated its condemnation of harassment, and said: “The silence surrounding unreported sexual attacks, abuse and harassment have contributed to a culture where such behaviour can continue, and the time for silence is over.”

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