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Emma Thompson pulled out an animated film Luck over the fears that the studio hired John Lasseter. Lasseter recently left Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, where he was the chief creative officer after sexual harassment.
Thompson's letter to Skydance Media's leadership, first published in the Los Angeles Times, explodes the company for Lasseter's employment.
"It is very strange that you and your company will consider the possibility of hiring someone with Mr. Lasser model of illicit behavior, taking into account the current climate in which people with such authority as you can reasonably expect to climb to the plate, – James Thomson writes
Hollywood Reporter has published a series of allegations against Lassetter in November 2017, when the #MeToo movement has gained momentum. According to one Pixar employee in this article, Lasseter was known as " snapping, kissing, commented Lasseter quickly announced that he would take a vacation – and in June Disney said that he would only have an advisory role in the company before leaving permanently at the end of the year.
Lassett then quickly arrived at Skydance Media as the head of the animation department.This news was announced on January 9.
"John is a special creative and performing talent whose influence on the animation industry can not be overestimated," said David Allison, CEO of Skydance Media. "And yet we did not make this decision a bit. John acknowledged and apologized for his mistakes and, during the past year, from the workplace, tried to solve and reform them."
Thompson was not convinced.
"If a person touches women badly for decades, why a woman wants to work for him, if the only reason he does not touch them right now is that he says in his contract that he must behave" professionally "?"
The two-time winner of Oscar says she is sorry to quit the project because of high respect for the director, Alessandro Carloni. But she says that this is what is felt right "during these difficult transition periods and raising the collective consciousness." She continues:
"I understand well that the age of women's rights to women's bodies, whether they like them or not, will not change in one night or one year. But I also know that if the people who said were like I do not take this kind of stand, then things are unlikely to change anything like the pace needed to protect the generation of my daughter. "
News about her departure from the project came last week at The Hollywood Reporter, who said , which has already begun to record a voice role. Skydance has not commented on the NPR about Thompson's letter, which was published on Tuesday. Thompson's ringleader confirmed that she wrote a letter published in Los Angeles Times .
When he was hired in January, Lasseter said that "he spent the last year from industry in deep thought, learning how my actions unintentionally made inconvenient to colleagues, about which I deeply regret and apologize.
Lasseter was known in the industry for his inclination to embrace – for example, The Wall Street Journal said that his journalists considered 48 hunks during one day with him in 2011 and published a photo story.
Following the move by #MeToo, numerous powerful people in various industries have lost their jobs and reputation, as women and some men have come to the details of allegations of persecution and assault. NPR is one of those organizations that have fired or suspended male executives who were accused of persecution. The New York Times reported in October that "More than 10 percent of the expelled men tried to return, or expressed their will, and many never lost financial power"