Anne Joins #MeToo: Harvey Weinstein Case Prompts Thousands To Tell Their Own Stores Of Abuse

The idea was launched by actor Alyssa Milanto, who took to Twitter on Sunday , urging any women who have been seually harassed or assaulted to write two words on Twitter: "Me too."

“If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem,” wrote the actor, who is known for her roles in “Who’s the Boss?,” “Melrose Place” and “Charmed,” and as a host on “Project Runway All Stars.”

The Washington Post followed the results, writing that by 4am Monday, more than 200,000 #metoo tweets were published on Twitter. On Facebook, nearly 80,000 people were talking about #MeToo, often sharing their own accounts of sexual harassment. 

This is my account: 

1) Raped at 16 by parents best friend. Priest told me it was my fault; parents agreed.

2) 2x walking on Fifth Ave in NYC at 9am and noon, guys ran up behind me and stuck their hands up my skirts, into my private parts.

3) Was in my business partner's office about 6:30 in evening. Everyone had gone home. I had a live-in partner; he was engaged. I was standing up making a point about a contract we were working on. He was sitting in his big leather chair. Next thing I knew I was in his lap and he was kissing me voraciously. Of course, I refused his advances, but it really put us on a bad footing with each other. Then I found out he was stealing from me -- and I rained money on our business. So the golden goose walked.

4-10) Guys masturbating -- literally c#ck exposed to me as I read a book on the NYC subway and didn't notice until we got to my station. I really cursed him out.

Guys pressing up against me on crowded subway trains so hard that I could feel their erections. They come behind you and are taller, so your hands are on the pole and they place theirs above yours and lean in. I'm talking totally packed trains. No, I didn't curse them out, although I stepped on one guy's foot with my high heel and he yelled.

11) Was traveling on business with a good Catholic guy. Five kids. We got along great at work and he definitely advanced my career. Returning to our rooms after dinner, they were next door. He grabbed my arms and was holding me at the door. I wasn't about to get in an argument with him, so I said you have had too much to drink. See you in the am. He was really persistent, holding me tightly by the arms up against the door. Finally he agreed to part.

The next morning I arrived at breakfast in a striking red sheath, sleeveless dress. On my arms were his very visible handprints. He was horrified, as I sat down. "Can't you wear another dress," he said. "No" I replied. I bought this dress for the presentation and I intend to wear it. I was speaking before a large group. "You can't wear that -- it's obvious that you have bruises on your arms. What will people think?" I said "I don't know. Let them think what they want. Don't worry. I won't bust you." Then I ordered my breakfast with a smile on my face.
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If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too." as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. #YesEveryWoman

Audrey Azoulay Becomes First Jewish Head Of UNESCO As US & Israel Withdraw Support

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France's former culture minister Audrey Azoulay narrowly beat Qatar's frontrunner Hamad bin Abdoulaziz Al-Kawari to become UNESCO's first-ever Jewish director general. Her election came a day after the United States and Israel pulled out of the UN culture and education body, alleging anti-Israel bias. Azoulay grew up in Morocco and has family in Israel, writes The Israel Times

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley drew a hard line in announcing the US withdrawal from UNESCO on Thursday: “Its extreme politicization has become a chronic embarrassment,” she said, citing a “long line of foolish actions” including designating the Israeli-occupied ancient city of Hebron as a Palestinian world heritage site. Haley also criticized the organization for keeping Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on a UNESCO human rights committee.

“U.S. taxpayers should no longer be on the hook to pay for policies that are hostile to our values and make a mockery of justice and common sense,” Haley said. The US currently is in arrears to the organization of about $500 million. 

UNESCO's outgoing director genera, Irina Bokova,commented to Foreign Policy in advance of Azoulay's election. 

“While I’m not entirely surprised by this move, I always thought something more was at stake,” Bokova said about the U.S. departure. She acknowledged that the U.S. departure, coupled with that of Israel, is “a blow to the organization. It will certainly take its toll.”

Rejecting the claim that UNESCO is anti-Israel, Bokova acknowledged that the US departure, with Israel, is "a blow to the organization. It will certainly take its toll."

Motion Picture Academy Ousts Harvey Weinstein, Opening Door To Revisiting Polanski's Free Ride

Harvey Weinstein at the 2014 Oscars in Los Angeles. CreditJordan Strauss/Invision, via Associated Press

Harvey Weinstein at the 2014 Oscars in Los Angeles. CreditJordan Strauss/Invision, via Associated Press

the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences voted overwhelmingly to "immediately expel" Harvey Weinstein in an emergency meeting on Saturday. The decision broke 90 years of precedent, with the 54-member board of governors ousting one of the biggest Oscar layers in history over investigations by The New York Times and The New Yorkers that revealed countless sexual harassment and rape allegations against Weinstein going back decades. 

Women including Whoopi Goldberg, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and documentarian rory Kennedy comprise about 40 percent of the Academy members.

The academy said the vote was “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority.”

It added, “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

The academy said it would “work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all academy members will be expected to exemplify," writes New New York Times. 

The Academy has taken no action against Bill Cosby, accused of over 50 sexual assault cases, or academy members like Roman Polanski, who pleaded guilty to a sex crime involving a 13-year-old girl. 

Describing the two and a half hour meeting, with some members attending via remote, word was that the discussion was not heated. “Everyone seemed aligned,” one board member said anonymously. 

The Producers Guild of America was also scheduled to meet on Saturday to discuss revoking Mr. Weinstein’s membership. Late Friday, the group abruptly moved the special meeting to Monday. Under that group’s bylaws, Mr. Weinstein will have two weeks to respond to any action. The same guild gave the Weinstein brothers its Milestone award in 2013, citing their “historic contributions to the entertainment industry.”

The French government said that it is following legal events against Mr. Weinstein, and may revoke his Legion of Honor award, the country's highest civilian distinction given to Weinstein in 2012.