Olivia Munn stirred the pot when she sniffed out a prior sexual predator on The Predator set. It looked bad for Shane Black since he and the accused were friends, but Fox just cut the offender's scene and sidestepped any backlash that would have canceled a movie they were pushing to be a Blockbuster. But now it seems Bradley Cooper is also suffering from lazy Uber-like background checks with the film A Star Is Born. You get what you deserve when you hop in a car with a stranger, you’re parents have only been telling you not to do that since the age of four. But as an actress, you should be able to expect that your workplace is a safe space, free of men that have made prior comments about how nice some of the honkers on set are. It’s not like Hollywood was built on superficiality and exchanging sex for lead roles.
Bradley Cooper has addressed the sexual-harassment accusations against “A Star Is Born” producer Jon Peters, emphasizing in an NPR interview that he “had to get consent” from him in order to make the film and that Peters had little direct involvement with the production.Peters has been accused of sexually harassing several women between 1996 and 2008.
“Luckily, Jon wasn’t there [on set]. And if I had known all those things, I would have done it differently,” Cooper says. “I wanted to make the movie, I knew I had to get consent from him, otherwise there’s no film. But I should have checked. I guess that’s the thing.”
The lesson in all of this is to not hire producers the same way you hire drivers for a ride-share company. A brief Google search would have saved Bradley some embarrassment. Even if you’ve never attempted to personally override a woman denying access to an in-depth discussion about her being a squirter or not, if some guy you’ve hired has tried that, you’re just as guilty. These are the rules of the upstanding society in the cinema.
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