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Anita Hill Will Head Hollywood Hunt For Sexual Harassers

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief

The woman who accused current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of making unwanted sexual advances will head up a Hollywood task force on sexual harassment in the film industry.

Anita Hill, who made news and a name for herself by trying to sink Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court, was named the chairwoman Friday of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.

The Washington Examiner reports that the heads of several Hollywood studios, including Disney, Sony, Paramount and Warner Bros, met to discuss the escalating problem of sexual misconduct that continues to make prominent but unwanted news for the entertainment capital.

“I’m proud to be leading this newly-formed Commission on a long overdue journey to adopt best practices and to create institutional change that fosters a culture of respect and human dignity throughout the industry,” said Hill in a statement carried by Variety.

“We will be focusing on issues ranging from power disparity, equity and fairness, safety, sexual harassment guidelines, education and training, reporting and enforcement, ongoing research, and data collection,” she said. “It is time to end the culture of silence. I’ve been at this work for 26 years. This moment presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to make real change.”

The list of Hollywood A-listers in the long shadow of sexual misconduct, assault and harassment allegations includes mega-hit producer Harvey Weinstein, perennial favorite actor Keven Spacey and Oscar-winning icon Dustin Hoffman.

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