British actress Emma Thompson has left an anticipated film produced by California studios Skydance because she had hired former Disney art director, John Lasseter, accused of sexual harassment, said her publicist l & # 39; AFP.
The double Oscar winner was to feature one of the characters from the already popular movie "Luck", and had already started recording, according to the Variety entertainment information website.
But she abandoned the project when Skydance announced in early January to have recruited Lasseter, 62, forced to leave his post at Disney as head of the animation after acknowledging that he had put the staff in trouble. comfortable with unwanted hugs.
Thompson wrote to the studio's management to protest the decision to call Lasseter, famous for turning Pixar, a small graphics department, into the world's most successful animated studio.
The 59-year-old then forwarded his letter to the Los Angeles Times, which published it in full.
"It seems very odd to me that you and your company would consider recruiting someone who has the same reprehensible behavior as Mr. Lasseter, given the current climate in which people with the power you own can reasonably be expected to be involved. "Wait until they are up to the task," Thompson In the note, the authenticity of his publicist was confirmed to AFP.
"If a man has been touching women inappropriately for decades, why would a woman want to work for him if the only reason he does not touch them improperly now is that his contract stipulates that he must to behave in a "professional" way? "
"I am well aware that centuries of access to women's bodies, whether they like it or not, will not change overnight," she said. "Or in a year."
"But I'm also aware that if people who have spoken, like me, do not take this kind of position, it's very unlikely that things will change as fast as needed to protect my daughter's generation. . "
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