Home » Blogs » Tales of Manic Depression » Hollywood’s Sexual Assault in the Mailroom

Hollywood’s Sexual Assault in the Mailroom

The recent allegations of sexual assault by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been a hot topic the past few days. Women like Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have spoken up about their experience of sexual harassment, and several other actors have stepped forward to support women and advocate for change.

But what about the people who work behind the scenes? What about the interns in the mailroom?

When I was fresh out of college, I took a job working in the agency business. I was sorta green, but I wasn’t stupid. When it came down to calling prostitutes for my boss to hook up with, I made the calls. When it came to inappropriate comments, I ignored them. I knew to keep my mouth shut. I witnessed sexual harassment all the time, and knew it was forbidden to speak up, so said nothing.

Then one day, one of our interns was groped in the mailroom. She was copying some scripts when one of the partners came up behind her, lifted her dress, and rubbed himself up against her body. Shortly after she acquired an attorney to go after him for sexual assault. I’ll never forget the day the partners caught wind of the allegation and called everyone into the conference room. It was made painfully clear that if anyone said anything they would be dead in this town. I wasn’t going to say anything cause, quite frankly, I didn’t really care. I had so many personal examples of being harassed, that it became normalcy to me. Sad, but true. Anyway, the intern ended up getting a settlement of $ 250,000 and moved back home and no one ever heard from her again.

I ended up leaving the agency business to work on my writing. I worked as an assistant here and there, and my life continued to be littered with sexual harassment. Eventually I left entertainment.  Years later, I had written an adaptation of my first book into a pilot for TV. One of my old bosses that read and loved my book called me up and asked to meet up. We had lunch and it was cool, nothing out of the norm, and he said to expect a call from his agent to move forward with the project. This is Hollywood, I don’t get my hopes up for things but it could be a game changer. The following day I got an email from him that said “Are you willing to do ANYTHING to get your script developed?” No, I’m not. And I never heard from him again. It reminded me of an email I got from one of my college professors that had a crush on me that said, “I need fresh air.” Not totally explicit but, he was clever.

Sexual harassment crosses all types of industries, yet, somehow the entertainment industry seems to get away with it more so then other entities.  It’s pretty shocking that after years of women experiencing harassment, and assault, finally this one executive gets caught. I’m glad celebrities are speaking up, cause we are a celebrity driven culture and people are more prone to listen to what George Clooney has to say than a “regular” person.

But what about all those interns in the mailroom?  Who is speaking up for them?

Hollywood’s Sexual Assault in the Mailroom

Erica Loberg

2 comments: View Comments / Leave a Comment



APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2017). Hollywood’s Sexual Assault in the Mailroom. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 16, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2017/10/11/sexual-assault-in-the-mailroom/


Last updated: 11 Oct 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 11 Oct 2017
Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.