Entertainment Four Soulpepper artists resign in 'support' of actresses who accuse Albert Schultz of sexual misconduct

17:16  04 january  2018
17:16  04 january  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Heritage ministry, Theatre Ontario react as Schultz allegations rock arts community

  Heritage ministry, Theatre Ontario react as Schultz allegations rock arts community The Canadian Heritage ministry and Theatre Ontario are among the latest to comment on the state of the industry following a “wave” of abuse allegations, including the latest against Soulpepper Theatre co-founder Albert Schultz. “Following the wave of reports and allegations about harassment in the cultural sector and beyond, we are currently reviewing our existing funding policies to ensure that recipient organizations promote healthy and harassment-free work environments,” said Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly in a post to Twitter.In a statement Friday, the Ministry said it’s currently reviewing its funding policies to ensure that “recipient organizations promote healthy and har

Four actresses who have filed civil lawsuits against the Soulpepper Theatre Company and artistic director Albert Schultz were made to feel they had to "suffer in silence" to succeed, one of their lawyers says during a morning news conference.

Soulpepper Theater Company artistic director Albert Schultz resigned Thursday, the The four actors filing separate lawsuits against Schultz worked with him at Soulpepper from 2000 to 2013. Actresses accusing Albert Schultz of sexual misconduct had to 'suffer in silence,' lawyer says.

a person posing for the camera: Patricia Fagan and Kristin Booth pictured here are two of the four women who launched civil suits against Soulpepper and Schultz alleging sexual harassment and assault over a period spanning 13 years.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Patricia Fagan and Kristin Booth pictured here are two of the four women who launched civil suits against Soulpepper and Schultz alleging sexual harassment and assault over a period spanning 13 years.

Four members of the Soulpepper Theatre Company announced their resignation Thursday morning, ahead of a press conference in which four actresses who accuse artistic director Albert Schultz of sexual assault and harassment are set to speak out.

Ted Dykstra, Stuart Hughes, Michelle Monteith and Rick Roberts announced their resignations in a brief statement.

A quick sketch of Albert Schultz

  A quick sketch of Albert Schultz A quick sketch of Albert SchultzBiographical details: Schultz was born in Port Hope, Ont., in 1963, but grew up in Okotoks, Alta. He was among the founding members of Soulpepper when the company launched in 1998 and served as its artistic director ever since.

Four actresses have launched civil lawsuits against Albert Schultz , the artistic director of the Soulpepper Theatre Company, alleging sexual harassment. (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS).

Albert Schultz is taking a leave of absence as artistic director of the Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company and says he will "vehemently" defend himself against allegations from four women who have accused him of sexual harassment.

"These artists support and stand with the brave women who have come forward to end the culture of silence that has existed at Soulpepper under Mr. Schultz. They believe the allegations made by these women," Alexi Wood of St. Lawrence Barristers LLP, counsel to the artists, said in the statement.

Dykstra, Hughes, Monteith and Roberts "support the choice of Alan Dilworth as acting artistic director, but until Mr. Schultz has no role with the company, they will not work there," the statement went on.

"My clients look forward to a Soulpepper that provides a safe space to create groundbreaking theatre," Wood said.

Actresses to speak

The four actresses who have accused Schultz of sexual assault and harassment were scheduled to hold a news conference this morning to discuss their lawsuits against him.

Heartbreak, if not surprise, follows sexual misconduct allegations against Albert Schultz

  Heartbreak, if not surprise, follows sexual misconduct allegations against Albert Schultz Heartbreak, if not surprise, follows sexual misconduct allegations against Albert SchultzNone of the four lawsuits against Schultz — now on a leave of absence at the company's behest, pending its investigation — have been tested in court and he has vowed to "vehemently defend" himself.

Toronto's Soulpepper Theater has launched an investigation as Schultz , the theater's artistic director, resigns and vows to "vehemently defend myself." Four TV actresses have brought separate lawsuits against Canadian actor and director Albert Schultz

Four actresses who have filed civil lawsuits against the Soulpepper Theatre Company and artistic director Albert Schultz were made to feel they had to "suffer in silence" to succeed, one of their lawyers said during a morning news conference Thursday. Patricia Fagan, Hannah Miller, Kristin.

Patricia Fagan, Hannah Miller, Kristin Booth and Diana Bentley filed separate civil lawsuits against the Soulpepper Theatre artistic director and the company, alleging unwanted groping, harassment and sexual remarks in the workplace from 2000 to 2013. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

The allegations against Schultz were reported Wednesday by CBC, as part of an investigation by The Fifth Estate, The National and The Current into sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the theatre's board of directors released a statement that said it instructed Schultz, 54, to "step down from all his Soulpepper responsibilities" while the company's board investigates the allegations.

On Wednesday evening, Schultz issued a statement that said he is stepping aside, effectively immediately, while the investigation is conducted.

"These claims make serious allegations against me which I do not take lightly. Over the coming time period, I intend to vehemently defend myself," Schultz said.

Soulpepper, one of Canada's most successful theatre companies, recently completed a critically acclaimed run off-Broadway in New York and is lauded for shining a spotlight on diverse talent and work that challenges its audiences.

Michael Douglas Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations .
Michael Douglas Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations made against high-profile actors including Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor, Douglas added, “I hope this movement continues to grow, but that there is care shown in who is accused and how the accusation is handled.

Source: http://ca.pressfrom.com/news/entertainment/-58727-four-soulpepper-artists-resign-in-support-of-actresses-who-accuse-albert-schultz-of-sexual-misconduct/

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
This is interesting!