Hollywood’s biggest movie stars are still struggling to put their name behind Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations, even as Hollywood continues to try to clean up the industry.
The most prominent names in Hollywood are still reeling from Weinstein’s decades-long abuse of women, but a new study has found that only 5 percent of them have taken action to address the issue.
In a survey of over 7,000 actors and actresses, the study found that just 6 percent of respondents said they have taken any action to “endear” Weinstein to their peers, while nearly half (47 percent) said they haven’t done anything.
And the survey also found that nearly half of respondents had heard rumors about Weinstein’s alleged behavior, but didn’t take any action.
The vast majority of Weinstein accusers, however, said they’ve reported Weinstein to the police.
Despite the massive number of allegations against Weinstein, many of the actors and writers who have come forward have not been publicly accused of wrongdoing.
In the wake of Weinstein’s recent downfall, many have stepped forward to say that they didn’t know anything about the allegations, which have sparked widespread outrage and renewed calls for an overhaul of the entertainment industry.
But the Hollywood Reporter has found another group of people who are still taking the issue of harassment seriously: Hollywood’s elite.
While the poll found that more than a quarter of respondents (24 percent) had been the target of unwanted sexual advances, only 9 percent of those who responded had reported it to the law enforcement authorities.
And more than 70 percent said they had not reported Weinstein’s misconduct to the media.
Hollywood’s power structure and powerful producers and directors have defended the producer, saying they’re not the targets of sexual harassment claims.
But the fact remains that the Weinstein scandal has exposed Hollywood’s powerlessness and its inability to protect the powerful, said Michael Lewis, a professor of law at the University of California-Irvine.
“It is impossible for Hollywood to take this on its own, because the culture is built on sexual harassment,” Lewis said.
“If the system is not working, then what’s going to happen?
If the system isn’t working, the system will not survive.”
Hollywood is not the only entertainment industry to be in a state of crisis.
Earlier this year, actress and activist Rosario Dawson said that she had been sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein at a Beverly Hills hotel in the 1970s.
And a number of female artists and actors, including Angelina Jolie, have come out as sexual harassers.
While Weinstein’s behavior has caused widespread outrage, some Hollywood stars are speaking out against the industry’s culture of misogyny and sexual harassment.
But despite their efforts, the industry is not doing enough to prevent such behavior, according to the report.
In its survey, the HuffPost/YouGov poll found many actors and directors were not aware of Weinstein and his alleged misconduct, even when asked about it by members of their own industry.
And while the majority of Hollywood actors and filmmakers (53 percent) have taken steps to end Weinstein’s career, only 14 percent of that industry has been proactive about tackling the issue, and the rest (26 percent) haven’t taken any steps at all.
Despite their efforts to address sexual harassment, the Hollywood elite continue to hold sway over the culture.
The poll found only 14% of respondents have taken an action to protect Weinstein’s reputation, while 51% have not.
Nearly half (46 percent) of Hollywood insiders have either never heard of Weinstein or have heard of him only indirectly.
And nearly one-third of those surveyed said they believed Weinstein would never be allowed to work in Hollywood.
The remaining 39 percent said it was too early to say.
“We have an industry where power and prestige is largely determined by the success of a star, and that’s how you get the most powerful actors in the world,” said Sarah Brannen, senior policy advisor for the National Women’s Law Center, who was not involved with the HuffPost poll.
“We need to get the power of the powerful in our society back.”
The poll also found there is a “lack of systemic, institutional support for the kind of systemic change that would make it safe for women to report harassment or assault.”
And the Hollywood community still has a “deep-seated fear of the powerless,” according to Lewis.
“The fact that women are still coming forward to report abuse speaks to the power dynamics in this industry,” he said.