The Former Pixar Boss Accused Of Misconduct Has Already Been Hired By Another Studio
The Time's Up Movement has called out the "broken system" at work in Hollywood after John Lasseter was announced as the new head of animation at Skydance.
Lasseter took a six-month leave of absence from Pixar in November 2017 after The Hollywood Reporter published an expose on his "patterns of alleged misconduct".
Employees and co-workers of Lasseter's alleged that he was known for "grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes" at the animation studio responsible for hit films like Toy Story and Frozen.
Lasseter then revealed that he would be leaving Pixar altogether at the end of 2018 to "begin focusing on new creative challenges".
He's now been announced as the head of Skydance Animation -- the studio that produced the Mission Impossible franchise, True Grit, Jack Reacher and the Netflix series, Grace and Frankie.
The Time's Up movement has expressed frustration that the appointment of Lasseter "endorses and perpetuates a broken system that allows powerful men to act without consequence".
"At a moment when we should be uplifting the many talented voices who who are consistently underrepresented, Skydance Media is providing another position of power, prominence and privilege to a man who has repeatedly been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace," a statement from Time's Up reads.
The organisation goes on to demand that men who have abused their positions of power need to have demonstrated remorse, worked to reform their behaviour and "delivered restitution to those you harmed", at the very least, before being considered for a new role in the industry.
Lasseter released a statement today, in which he briefly addressed the allegations made by his former colleagues at Pixar.
"I have spent the last year away from the industry in deep reflection, learning how my actions unintentionally made colleagues uncomfortable, which I deeply regret and apologise for. It has been humbling but I believe it will make me a better leader".
Supporters of Time's Up And #MeToo have hit out at Lasseter, and Skydance Studios for their hiring decision.
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