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15 Survivors of Weinstein Sexual Abuse Share Experience, Hope at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast Los Angeles (Video)

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Fifteen survivors of alleged sexual abuse by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein gathered at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Los Angeles on Thursday to share their experiences and urge the entertainment industry to change its culture.

In a morning filled with intense emotion and determination, Hollywood’s leading women executives, actresses and creative figures came together to condemn recent revelations of sexual misconduct and offer solutions.

“I’m astounded how differently women in power are treated,” said actress Claire Forlani, who has described being harassed by Weinstein on five different occasions. “We’re second class citizens and that needs to change.”

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Zoe Brock, who wrote a powerful essay about her encounter with Weinstein at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, said she was angry that Weinstein attacked her, and equally angry at the people who let him be alone with her in a room.

“I have spent the last 20 years thinking that I was lucky for not understanding how dangerous he was,” she said Thursday. “I spent 20 years thinking he was a pathetic douchebag — nothing that dangerous.”

Nearly 300 leading women in the entertainment industry came together at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills to talk about combatting sexism and creating inclusivity.

The 15 survivors of alleged Weinstein harassment and assault wore teal ribbons to signify their experiences. They were: Katherine Kendall, Sarah Ann Masse, Jessica Barth, Chelsea Skidmore, Alice Evans, Larissa Gomes, Louisette Geiss, Melissa Sagemiller, Louise Godbold, Kendall Rhodes, Venice Cusumano, Lauren Sivan and Leah Lamarr, as well as the aforementioned Forlani and Brock.

Many of them said they had thought they were the only ones, and were reluctant to come forward and bear the consequences. Forlani said she spoke out because she was upset at herself that she did not participate in The New Yorker piece.

“I was afraid. My conditioning was, ‘Carry on. I handled it, I’m now 45 years old, I’m safe,’” she said. “I didn’t want to deal with legal fees, I thought, Harvey is going to come after me, Harvey is going to kill anyone in his sight and I didn’t want to deal with that, so I just abstained — thinking I was being smart. The article came out and I felt shame. I thought, ‘Jesus, I’m not supporting the women.’ I was a part of this — this all happened and it’s time to join forces. It’s time to speak out.”

Lauren Sivan, a Fox 11 reporter, described why she went public with a shocking story about Weinstein masturbating into a potted plant while asking her to watch in 2007. She was disappointed when she shared the story privately.

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“Whenever I told that story, anyone that knew him, they said, ‘yep, that’s Harvey.’ No one was ever shocked and it’s time to be shocked,” she said. “That’s not normal behavior. I don’t care what era you were born in.”

But, she added: “Casual harassment has been going on all the time. It doesn’t get those shocking headlines, but it doesn’t mean we don’t experience it all the time.”

Sivan said she was relieved to see an outpouring of women’s support hoping to make a change: “The Harvey Weinstein situation was so empowering to me — to see this tight-knit Hollywood be taken down by powerful women.”

Also at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast, Kelly Bush Novak, founder and CEO of ID, called for gender equality in entertainment — setting a deadline of three years from now.

“Let’s demand that our representation and inclusion in all aspects of our industry be 50/50 by the year 2020,” Bush Novak said in a fiery speech Thursday at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast L.A., crediting the idea to her client, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway.

“Equal representation in our executives, directors, writers, showrunners, department heads, the DGA, WGA, PGA, IATSE and SAG-AFTRA. On boards of directors,” she said.

IWMF Courage in Journalism Award-winner Saniya Toiken

“We need to hold the studios, production companies and individuals complicit in these crimes accountable — legally and financially,” she said. “We need to boycott those who refuse to cooperate and perpetuate this abuse of power.”

With longstanding gender inequality in Hollywood and a renewed focus on cases of rampant sexual harassment, Universal Television head Pearlena Igbokwe said there is a secret weapon to changing the industry’s male-dominated culture.

“The key is, you need to have incredibly conscientious men and more women in control,” Igbokwe said.

Igbokwe was joined by “Friday Night Lights” executive producer Jason Katims, “Midnight Texas” producer Monica Owusu-Breen and NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke on a panel titled “Embracing Inclusion: Telling Stories That Champion the New Narrative.”

Brooklynn Prince, the seven year old star of “The Florida Project” delighted the room by proudly stating that after being the first “little girl director,” she’d like to one day be the first female president of the United States.

“The Florida Project” star Brooklynn Prince at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Los Angeles

IWMF Courage in Journalism Award-winner Saniya Toiken, Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty, from Kazakhstan, was also a featured speaker, who spoke with TheWrap’s Founder and CEO Sharon Waxman about the constant threats in her career as a Kazakh journalist, but said she tells stories because it’s hard for women to “to get in any position.”

TheWrap in 2017 has brought its successful Power Women franchise to Washington D.C., San Francisco, New York, and now Los Angeles, building a broad network and community of professional women who are decision makers, mothers, leaders, wives, innovators and activists.

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The Scene at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast Los Angeles (Photos)

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TheWrap founder and CEO Sharon Waxmon with sexual harassment survivors Zoe Brock, Lauren Sivan and Claire Forlani.

Kelly Bush Novak gave the opening remarks at the 2017 Power Women Breakfast at the Montage Beverly Hills.

Universal Television President Pearlena Igbokwe, “Friday Night Lights” showrunner Jason Katims spoke at the “Embracing Inclusion” panel andNBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.

“The Florida Project” breakout star Brooklynn Prince charmed the audience, and mentioned she’d like to be the first female president.

The silent auction raised money for the Joyful Heart Foundation.

Brooklynn Prince’s dad Justin Prince claps from the audience.

The Inclusivity Panel included Good Company Venture founder and CEO Monica Owusu-Breen,  Universal Television President Pearlena Igbokwe, “Friday Night Lights” showrunner Jason Katims and NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.

The Montage was full of leaders in Hollywood ready to make the entertainment industry more inclusive.

Attendees had the option to peruse the Soia & Kyo Pop-Up Fashion Boutique.

Soia & Kyo offers accessories and clothing for men and women.

Photographer Jeff Vespa moderated the #MeToo Town Hall panel at the end of the breakfast along with producer Hilary Shor. Vespa said he’s dedicated to hiring more women.

Kelly Bush Novak called for 50/50 equality in Hollywood.

Journalist Lauren Sivan recalled her own experience with Harvey Weinstein, and noted that since she’s not an actress, she didn’t have to rely on him to help her career.

Universal Television President Pearlena Igbokwe at the Inclusivity panel. She said she’s surprised she ended up having the job she does because she’s a woman of color, rare in Hollywood.

Journalist Saniya Toiken won the Courage in Journalism Award for her reporting in Kazakhstan.

The Power Women Breakfast franchise is now in four cities: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Sacha Voski, Jessica Adams, Sharon Waxman, Zoe Brock, Alice Evans pose for the camera before the program begins.

Katherine Kendall, Sharon Waxman, Zoe Brock, Alice Evans, Jessica Adams, Sacha Voski. The Power Women Breakfast LA brought together several women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

Actress Anna Schafer arrives at the Power Women Breakfast LA at the Montage in Beverly Hills.

Actress Camille Guaty arrives at the Power Women Breakfast LA at the Montage in Beverly Hills.

Songwriter Diane Warren arrives at the Power Women Breakfast LA at the Montage in Beverly Hills.

“Tusk” actress Harley Quinn Smith arrives at the Power Women Breakfast LA at the Montage in Beverly Hills.

Actress Heather McComb arrives at the Power Women Breakfast LA at the Montage in Beverly Hills.

Actress Luna Blaise arrives at the Power Women Breakfast LA at the Montage in Beverly Hills.

Zoe Brock arrives at the Power Women Breakfast LA at the Montage in Beverly Hills. She spoke during the “Disruption: Changing a Culture of Systematic Sexism: panel.

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NBC Entertainment chief Jennifer Salke and “Friday Night Lights” executive producer Jason Katims are part of a discussion titled “Embracing Inclusion: Telling Stories that Champion a New Narrative” at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Joining them are Universal Television President Pearlena Igbokwe and writer-producer Monica Owusu-Breen (“Alias,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”).

The panelists are set to discuss how they are creating change through developing, writing and producing stories of inclusion that encourage understanding.

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The rest of the program for Thursday’s event includes “The Florida Project’s” Brooklynn Prince and a panel titled “Disruption: Changing a Culture of Systemic Sexism,” on which ID PR founder and CEO Kelly Bush Novak, actress Claire Forlani and Fox 11 Los Angeles anchor Lauren Sivan are speaking.

TheWrap in 2017 has brought its successful Power Women franchise to DC, SF, NY, and now LA, building a broad network and community of professional women who are decision-makers and mothers, leaders and wives, innovators and activists.

You can watch a livestream of the panel starting around 9:10 a.m. PT on Facebook Live or Twitter’s Periscope.

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Jennifer Salke, Kelly Bush Novak, Claire Forlani, Lauren Sivan Join Power Women Breakfast LA

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TheWrap is pleased to announce a landmark gathering of industry voices committed to positive change and influencing society’s response to sexual assault at the Power Women Breakfast LA on Thursday October 26.

The program will include the panel: “Embracing Inclusion: Telling Stories that Champion the New Narrative,” that will feature NBC Entertainment chief Jennifer Salke and Jason Katims, executive producer of “Rise,” and Emmy-winning writer of “Friday Night Lights.”

Survivors of sexual assault or harassment will speak at the event including journalist Lauren Sivan, actress Claire Forlani and a soon-to-be-named prominent figure. Numerous guests of honor who have survived sexual assault in Hollywood will also be present in the audience.

“We must use this opportunity to have an honest conversation about the allegations of sexual assault rocking our industry,” said Wrap founder and CEO Sharon Waxman. “We are committed to working together to listen to survivors and move to create the change needed for a healthier ecosystem in Hollywood.”

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The breakfast will offer two panels devoted to creating positive change, including a conversation about embracing inclusivity in storytelling that will include NBC Entertainment chief Jennifer Salke.

A courageous group of sexual assault and harassment victims including actress Claire Forlani, Fox 11 news anchor Lauren Sivan and others to be named will talk about how to encourage a gender-balanced landscape where women can thrive.

The day will also feature rising star Brooklynn Prince, actress in “The Florida Project” and Courage in Journalism Award-winner Saniya Toiken of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Kazakhstan, where journalists are routinely threatened, beaten, or killed because of their work.

The speaker program will be followed by a special #MeToo Town Hall that will be live streamed and moderated by Producer Hilary Shor and Producer, Director and Photographer Jeff Vespa. An expert panel will offer actionable steps for dealing with difficult situations of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace and an open forum for sharing stories in a safe environment. Confirmed speakers include Greenberg Glusker Partner Priya Sopori and Women in Media Executive Director Tema Steig and others to be announced.

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A live auction to benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization aiding women victims of sexual violence will take place during the event. Founded by Mariska Hargitay, their mission is is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever.

Connecting and inspiring the leading influential women of entertainment, media, technology and brands in the key cities where those women work, create, gather, network and connect.

TheWrap in 2017 has brought its successful Power Women franchise to DC, SF, NY, and now LA, building a broad network and community of professional women who are decision-makers and mothers, leaders and wives, innovators and activists.

Claire Forlani Says She ‘Ducked’ and ‘Dived’ to Escape Harvey Weinstein Encounters

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Claire Forlani shared her experience of meeting Harvey Weinstein, adding her story to a growing number of women who have come forward with accounts of the producer involving sexual harassment or assault. The actress appeared in “Boys and Girls,” a 2000 film distributed by Weinstein’s company Miramax. On Thursday morning, Forlani wrote on Twitter about […]