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After Weinstein, Actors’ Guild Affirms Policy to End Meetings in Hotel Rooms

The Screen Actors Guild has released the first expansion of their revamped sexual conduct policy, released in February. The expansion, called Guideline No. 1, calls for the end of high-level executives calling for meetings in hotel rooms and similar residences. These locations have been referred to as “high-risk,” according to Variety

The expansion comes after industry members, experts and stakeholders evaluated the new policy. The goal here is to lean on ground-level experience so change can be promoted from the perspective of people experiencing injustice, abuse or other challenges from within the industry itself, rather than a top-down approach.

“We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting,” SAG president Gabrielle Carteris told Variety.

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In addition to discouraging private meetings such as those that contributed to the Weinstein abuse cases, Guideline No. 1 also establishes the concept of a “Support Peer” should such a meeting take place anyway.

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