Tom Hanks Talks Sexual Harassment Allegations Plaguing The Entertainment Industry
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Accusations against other notable Hollywood names have also emerged, including Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Steven Segal, Jeremy Piven and most recently, Matt Lauer.
Lauer, who was a fixture on NBC’s the Today Show for 20 years, was abruptly fired from his co-anchor position on Wednesday, Nov. 29 following the network’s executives receiving a report of improper sexual allegations against the host by an unidentified NBC colleague.
The news was announced live on the Today Show by a visibly shaken co-host Savannah Guthrie and colleague Hoda Kotb.
Since the news of Lauer’s termination broke Wednesday morning, at least three other women have come forward with similar claims.
The disgraced former journalist issued a statement the day after his firing expressing “sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions.”
Again, the former “Today Show” host made headlines that his ex-coworkers had to report.
Actresses such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn and Ashley Judd have also spoken out against unwanted advances in Hollywood.
How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control https://t.co/sHCTdj0jsC
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) August 9, 2017
"Let's go upstream from intervention to prevention. 81% of boys don't know what #consent means, so they think it means "try harder." We must teach boys healthy and respectful manhood. Thank you @acalltomen for your work.
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 1, 2017
‘Never Too Late’ To Change
But even with all the negativity, Hanks, who will next star in Steven Spielberg’s film “The Post” out on Dec. 25, says all hope is not lost when it comes to the wave of allegations.
“Somebody said, ‘Is it too late to change things?’ No, it’s never too late,” he said. “It’s never too late to learn new behaviors. And that’s a responsibility of anybody who wants to obey a code of professional ethics.”
Of course, one good thing that’s come from all of this is that it’s now out in the open, no longer just an “open secret.”
You can watch the full clip from the interview below: