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Royal Court U-turn over play axed amid harassment claims

London’s Royal Court theatre has reversed its decision to cancel a production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too. The theatre had said it was axing the play after allegations that its co-director Max Stafford-Clark made inappropriate sexual comments to staff. But artistic director Vicky Featherstone said she had been “rocked to the core by accusations of censorship” and it would now go ahead. Stafford-Clark apologised in October for “any inappropriate behaviour”. The Guardian reported in October how he had left his theatre company Out Of Joint after a staff member…

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Theatre axes play after harassment complaint

London’s Royal Court theatre has cancelled a play after allegations that its co-director Max Stafford-Clark made inappropriate sexual comments to staff. The theatre has co-produced a new version of Rita, Sue and Bob Too by Andrea Dunbar, which has toured the UK. It was due to reach the London venue in January, but the theatre said its “themes of grooming and abuses of power on young women” aren’t appropriate. Stafford-Clark apologised in October for “any inappropriate behaviour”. The Guardian reported in October how he had left his theatre company Out…

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Facebook: Jokes 'no excuse' for harassment

Facebook has published its internal workplace harassment policy in part to help other companies, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has said. The policy’s definitions of harassment include unwelcome sexual advances, threats, insensitive jokes and innuendo. It states that it is no defence to pass off an offensive comment as a joke or to blame the influence of alcohol. It also says harassment reports should be responded to within 24 hours. A team will then investigate the allegations but will not be responsible for the final outcome, which can range from…

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Fashion models expose sexual harassment

The fashion industry is failing to deal with the problem of sexual harassment, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. In the UK, professional agencies represent about 12,000 models. Here are some of their stories. Marissa “One example I can think of was for a jeans brand. I turned up at the shoot, got the clothes on, got my make-up done, and then the make-up artist then left and I was left with the photographer. “And we did the shoot and I went to the bathroom for a break….

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Tracee Ellis Ross uses a children's book to explain sexual harassment

Whenever a celebrity is asked to fill in as host on a major talk show, it’s important they leave their mark. And Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross did just that on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, US time, when she presented a Dr Seuss-style children’s book to explain sexual harassment to viewers. The book, called The Handsy Man uses rhymes and colourful pictures to explain that yes, the bar for harassment isn’t as high as many people think. ‘There is a guy, with ten long fingers …’ actress and comedian Tracee Ellis Ross…

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John Oliver confronts Dustin Hoffman over harassment

John Oliver has confronted Dustin Hoffman in a tense public discussion about allegations of sexual harassment that have been made against the actor. Hoffman defended himself after Anna Graham Hunter wrote about how he groped her on a film set aged 17 in 1985. The actor questioned Graham Hunter’s claims, asking Oliver: “Do you believe this stuff that you’re reading?” Hoffman said the HBO talk show host was not keeping an “open mind” and was unquestionably believing the accusers. “I believe what she wrote, yes,” Oliver replied. “Because there’s no…

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