Hollywood Women Practice Trauma Training Before #MeToo Anniversary, Kavanaugh Confirmation

On the eve of #MeToo’s first anniversary, as Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court looked more certain, a group of Hollywood women came together to cope, vent — and to learn to treat trauma.

Many survivors of sexual abuse were already on edge because of the anniversary of The New York Times story about sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein. The looming confirmation didn’t help.

“It’s been a ride and it’s a new ride all over again,” Katherine Kendall, who was one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, told TheWrap. “I have been through the ringer this week and I finally had to stop the pain and just keep telling my truth and stay on track.”

Also Read: Hollywood Slams Susan Collins’ Yes on Kavanaugh: ‘I Can’t Watch This Anymore’

The event Thursday, was held at SAG-AFTRA’s headquarters by Women In Film, which advocates for women working in entertainment industry, and Echo, a nonprofit that trains parents and professionals in trauma and resilience. It is led by Louise Godbold, who offered what she called “mini-training on trauma and resilience.”

“Several people called me saying that they were so triggered by the Kavanaugh story that they weren’t sure they could make it,” said Godbold.

Last October, Goldbold came forward with her own story of sexual misconduct by Weinstein, who has denied any nonconsensual sex with anyone.

She said that as the #MeToo movement expanded, she quickly realized the need for trauma training for survivors.

“Once the danger is over, the trauma remains in our body,” Godbold explained. “It continues to wreak havoc on our immune system and can lead to long-term heath issue and mental health issues.”

Also Read: How Hollywood’s Sexual Misconduct Policies Have Changed in the Year Since #MeToo

The two hour-event started with a panel of #MeToo activists, including Kendall. It included tools for regulating the nervous system, which Godbold called “nervous system hacks.” One technique included singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” while rubbing one’s forehead, shoulders and palms together to create “soothing energy.”

“It doesn’t matter what you’re singing,” Godbold said. “It’s just a way to get you out of the hamster wheel of the mind.”

Godbold said the aim is to look at the impact of trauma on the body and the brain to better understand our behaviors.

“We look at what lies beneath certain behaviors that we’re apt to judge or dismiss, not realizing that trauma is the root cause,” Godbold said. “For example, we use the label ‘control freak,’ but if someone got hurt and they had no control of the situation, it makes sense that they would want to control their environment so they don’t get hurt again.”

Also Read: Lady Gaga Calls Kavanaugh Debate ‘One of the Most Upsetting Things I Have Ever Witnessed’ (Videos)

Melissa Schuman, one of the panelists, said the last few days have been particularly hard. She said she was raped by former Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, who denies any wrongdoing.

“I think we’re all just feeling a lot,” Schuman told TheWrap. “The whole thing is incredibly triggering and I find myself disassociating a lot.”

Schuman planned to spend Friday avoiding TV and listening to “worship music.”

“I go to God,” she said. “That’s where I go to recharge.”

Also Read: Activists Blame ‘White Women’ After Susan Collins Says She’ll Vote for Kavanaugh

Caitlin Dulany, who accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in Cannes, France, in 1996, told TheWrap that the weeks leading up to the anniversary have been “intense.” Weinstein, like Kavanaugh, has denied any wrongdoing.

“My heart has been heavy,” she said. “I have felt a lot of anger towards Kavanaugh and those that support him.”

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On the eve of #MeToo’s first anniversary, as Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court looked more certain, a group of Hollywood women came together to cope, vent — and to learn to treat trauma.

Many survivors of sexual abuse were already on edge because of the anniversary of The New York Times story about sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein. The looming confirmation didn’t help.

“It’s been a ride and it’s a new ride all over again,” Katherine Kendall, who was one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, told TheWrap. “I have been through the ringer this week and I finally had to stop the pain and just keep telling my truth and stay on track.”

The event Thursday, was held at SAG-AFTRA’s headquarters by Women In Film, which advocates for women working in entertainment industry, and Echo, a nonprofit that trains parents and professionals in trauma and resilience. It is led by Louise Godbold, who offered what she called “mini-training on trauma and resilience.”

“Several people called me saying that they were so triggered by the Kavanaugh story that they weren’t sure they could make it,” said Godbold.

Last October, Goldbold came forward with her own story of sexual misconduct by Weinstein, who has denied any nonconsensual sex with anyone.

She said that as the #MeToo movement expanded, she quickly realized the need for trauma training for survivors.

“Once the danger is over, the trauma remains in our body,” Godbold explained. “It continues to wreak havoc on our immune system and can lead to long-term heath issue and mental health issues.”

The two hour-event started with a panel of #MeToo activists, including Kendall. It included tools for regulating the nervous system, which Godbold called “nervous system hacks.” One technique included singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” while rubbing one’s forehead, shoulders and palms together to create “soothing energy.”

“It doesn’t matter what you’re singing,” Godbold said. “It’s just a way to get you out of the hamster wheel of the mind.”

Godbold said the aim is to look at the impact of trauma on the body and the brain to better understand our behaviors.

“We look at what lies beneath certain behaviors that we’re apt to judge or dismiss, not realizing that trauma is the root cause,” Godbold said. “For example, we use the label ‘control freak,’ but if someone got hurt and they had no control of the situation, it makes sense that they would want to control their environment so they don’t get hurt again.”

Melissa Schuman, one of the panelists, said the last few days have been particularly hard. She said she was raped by former Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, who denies any wrongdoing.

“I think we’re all just feeling a lot,” Schuman told TheWrap. “The whole thing is incredibly triggering and I find myself disassociating a lot.”

Schuman planned to spend Friday avoiding TV and listening to “worship music.”

“I go to God,” she said. “That’s where I go to recharge.”

Caitlin Dulany, who accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in Cannes, France, in 1996, told TheWrap that the weeks leading up to the anniversary have been “intense.” Weinstein, like Kavanaugh, has denied any wrongdoing.

“My heart has been heavy,” she said. “I have felt a lot of anger towards Kavanaugh and those that support him.”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Activists Blame 'White Women' After Susan Collins Says She'll Vote for Kavanaugh

Lady Gaga Calls Kavanaugh Debate 'One of the Most Upsetting Things I Have Ever Witnessed' (Videos)

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#MeToo Silence Breakers Sign Statement of Support for Asia Argento After Anthony Bourdain’s Death

Dozens of people who spoke out during the #MeToo movement have signed a statement of solidarity in support of Asia Argento, calling out “internet trolls” who have targeted her since the suicide of her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain.

“Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death,” the statement reads. “She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her “survivor status” and the #MeToo movement to advance her career.”

After Argento told The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow that Weinstein had “forcibly performed oral sex on her” in 1997, Bourdain became an fierce advocate for victims of sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement.

The statement, obtained by TheWrap, was signed by 45 of #MeToo’s most visible names, including Rosanna Arquette, Zoë Brock, Terry Crews, Paz De La Huerta, Lucia Evans, Rose McGowan, Olivia Munn, Anthony Rapp, Johnathon Schaech, Mira Sorvino, Jessica Barth and Lauren Sivan.

Also Read: Don’t Blame Asia Argento for Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide, Rose McGowan Says: ‘His Depression Won’

Argento, one of the first women to come forward with her accusations of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein, was dating Bourdain when the famed chef was found unresponsive in a hotel room in France last month.

“We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain. Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain,” the statement went on to say. “There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative.”

Also Read: Asia Argento ‘Beyond Devastated’ by Anthony Bourdain’s Death: ‘My Love, My Rock, My Protector’

The letter concludes by saying that, “standing up for [Argento] is standing up to any and all bullies. We implore you to be kind to each other, to believe survivors, to stand up for survivors, to encourage, support and sympathize with them.”

Read the full statement below.

On June 8, we lost a rare, great man. Anthony Bourdain was a lightning rod of cultural connectivity. He brought disparate, marginalized people together and made the unknown accessible — some of the many gifts that made Anthony such a valuable presence in our collective lives, whether we knew him or not. An unwavering supporter of women and the #MeToo movement, Bourdain’s loss was a tragedy on so many levels, to so many people who saw him as a beacon of a new way of being. We share that grief and deepest sadness for his family and those closest to him whose pain must be unimaginable.

One of the most vocal and unwavering figures in the #MeToo movement has been Asia Argento. At the center of our community, Asia has stood, her fist in the air, fighting daily not just for justice for those of us she has come to know, but for abused people the world over.

Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death. She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her “survivor status” and the #MeToo movement to advance her career.

There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative. If there is one thing we know with unwavering confidence, “sexual violence victim” is not a title anyone wants attached to themselves. Being known as a sexual assault victim isn’t a badge of honor or career booster; it’s a highly difficult, sometimes traumatizing and humiliating experience. All of us who have taken the risk of coming forward — and it is truly a risk to us, our reputations, relationships and mental health — have faced harsh criticism and often outright anger and hatred online, in our respective communities and, for some, within our own families. Yet we come forward in the hope that we can change things for others and end the sexual violence and abuse that has flourished with impunity for millennia.

We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain. Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain.

We are proud to stand together as silence-breakers. We are so grateful for the foresight and compassion of #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and every member of the community of survivors whose pain deserves equal attention. We are indebted to and linked with every person who has come forward to report their own experiences with sexual harassment, abuse and rape. We are proud of the courage of each and every person who has decided to speak their truth, just as we support those who do not wish to speak. We are proud of the work that is being done, but we are not finished; we have only just begun.

We understand sexual harassment and assault are global epidemics. Our request for Asia is a request for any and all survivors. Our standing up for her is standing up to any and all bullies. We implore you to be kind to each other, to believe survivors, to stand up for survivors, to encourage, support and sympathize with them.

We ask you to stand with us, as we stand with Asia.

Sincerely,

Jessicka Addams
Lysette Anthony
Rosanna Arquette
Jessica Barth
Chantal Cousineau
Terry Crews
Emma de Caunes
Paz de la Huerta
Juliana De Paula
Drew Dixon
Caitlin Dulany
Dawn Dunning
Molly Maeve Eagan
Lucia Evans
Alice Evans
Louisette Geiss
Louise Godbold
Larissa Gomes
Natasha Henstridge
Dominique Huett
Anna Graham Hunter
Melissa Kester
Katherine Kendall
Mia Kirshner
Nannette Klatt
Jasmine Lobe
Sarah Ann Masse
Brittny McCarthy
Rose McGowan
Mary Monahan
Olivia Munn
Samantha Panagrosso
Anthony Rapp
Starr Rinaldi
Tomi-Ann Roberts
Erika Rosenbaum
Kathryn Rossetter
Melissa Sagemiller
Johnathon Schaech
Morgan Shanahan
Lauren Sivan
Mira Sorvino
Cori Thomas
Melissa Thompson
Sarah Tither-Kaplan

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Dozens of people who spoke out during the #MeToo movement have signed a statement of solidarity in support of Asia Argento, calling out “internet trolls” who have targeted her since the suicide of her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain.

“Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death,” the statement reads. “She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her “survivor status” and the #MeToo movement to advance her career.”

After Argento told The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow that Weinstein had “forcibly performed oral sex on her” in 1997, Bourdain became an fierce advocate for victims of sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement.

The statement, obtained by TheWrap, was signed by 45 of #MeToo’s most visible names, including Rosanna Arquette, Zoë Brock, Terry Crews, Paz De La Huerta, Lucia Evans, Rose McGowan, Olivia Munn, Anthony Rapp, Johnathon Schaech, Mira Sorvino, Jessica Barth and Lauren Sivan.

Argento, one of the first women to come forward with her accusations of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein, was dating Bourdain when the famed chef was found unresponsive in a hotel room in France last month.

“We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain. Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain,” the statement went on to say. “There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative.”

The letter concludes by saying that, “standing up for [Argento] is standing up to any and all bullies. We implore you to be kind to each other, to believe survivors, to stand up for survivors, to encourage, support and sympathize with them.”

Read the full statement below.

On June 8, we lost a rare, great man. Anthony Bourdain was a lightning rod of cultural connectivity. He brought disparate, marginalized people together and made the unknown accessible — some of the many gifts that made Anthony such a valuable presence in our collective lives, whether we knew him or not. An unwavering supporter of women and the #MeToo movement, Bourdain’s loss was a tragedy on so many levels, to so many people who saw him as a beacon of a new way of being. We share that grief and deepest sadness for his family and those closest to him whose pain must be unimaginable.

One of the most vocal and unwavering figures in the #MeToo movement has been Asia Argento. At the center of our community, Asia has stood, her fist in the air, fighting daily not just for justice for those of us she has come to know, but for abused people the world over.

Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death. She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her “survivor status” and the #MeToo movement to advance her career.

There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative. If there is one thing we know with unwavering confidence, “sexual violence victim” is not a title anyone wants attached to themselves. Being known as a sexual assault victim isn’t a badge of honor or career booster; it’s a highly difficult, sometimes traumatizing and humiliating experience. All of us who have taken the risk of coming forward — and it is truly a risk to us, our reputations, relationships and mental health — have faced harsh criticism and often outright anger and hatred online, in our respective communities and, for some, within our own families. Yet we come forward in the hope that we can change things for others and end the sexual violence and abuse that has flourished with impunity for millennia.

We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain. Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain.

We are proud to stand together as silence-breakers. We are so grateful for the foresight and compassion of #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and every member of the community of survivors whose pain deserves equal attention. We are indebted to and linked with every person who has come forward to report their own experiences with sexual harassment, abuse and rape. We are proud of the courage of each and every person who has decided to speak their truth, just as we support those who do not wish to speak. We are proud of the work that is being done, but we are not finished; we have only just begun.

We understand sexual harassment and assault are global epidemics. Our request for Asia is a request for any and all survivors. Our standing up for her is standing up to any and all bullies. We implore you to be kind to each other, to believe survivors, to stand up for survivors, to encourage, support and sympathize with them.

We ask you to stand with us, as we stand with Asia.

Sincerely,

Jessicka Addams
Lysette Anthony
Rosanna Arquette
Jessica Barth
Chantal Cousineau
Terry Crews
Emma de Caunes
Paz de la Huerta
Juliana De Paula
Drew Dixon
Caitlin Dulany
Dawn Dunning
Molly Maeve Eagan
Lucia Evans
Alice Evans
Louisette Geiss
Louise Godbold
Larissa Gomes
Natasha Henstridge
Dominique Huett
Anna Graham Hunter
Melissa Kester
Katherine Kendall
Mia Kirshner
Nannette Klatt
Jasmine Lobe
Sarah Ann Masse
Brittny McCarthy
Rose McGowan
Mary Monahan
Olivia Munn
Samantha Panagrosso
Anthony Rapp
Starr Rinaldi
Tomi-Ann Roberts
Erika Rosenbaum
Kathryn Rossetter
Melissa Sagemiller
Johnathon Schaech
Morgan Shanahan
Lauren Sivan
Mira Sorvino
Cori Thomas
Melissa Thompson
Sarah Tither-Kaplan

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Weinstein Company Sale And New Direction Show That “Some Good Can Come From Bad” Say Accusers

EXCLUSIVE: Last night’s Oscar ceremony acted as something of an exorcism for many. While there was a Harvey Weinstein shaped hole at the event, his shadow loomed large. And it was almost fitting that the mogul’s favorite night of the year fell just three days after news dropped that his company would cease to exist. As we discovered, the emotional significance of the sale, despite getting somewhat lost in the ensuing Oscar blitz, was not missed by his accusers when we…

EXCLUSIVE: Last night's Oscar ceremony acted as something of an exorcism for many. While there was a Harvey Weinstein shaped hole at the event, his shadow loomed large. And it was almost fitting that the mogul's favorite night of the year fell just three days after news dropped that his company would cease to exist. As we discovered, the emotional significance of the sale, despite getting somewhat lost in the ensuing Oscar blitz, was not missed by his accusers when we…

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

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.”

Also Read: Courage in Journalism Award Winner Saniya Toiken Doesn’t Feel Lonely Despite Constant Threats

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.

Also Read: Universal TV Head’s Plan to Change Hollywood Culture: ‘Conscientious Men and More Women in Control’

“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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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.”

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.

“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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