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CAA cancels Golden Globes party to start harassment defense fund

The Creative Arts Agency (CAA) is swapping its glamorous Golden Globes bash for a good cause.

The CAA has canceled its annual pre-Globes party this year and will instead launch a legal defense fund for sexual harassment cases, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The high-profile talent agency’s yearly fete is a costly affair, and this time around, the money typically poured into the party will instead go to the fund, which will “take on workplace harassment cases from all industries, not just entertainment,” a source told the outlet.

Many of the agency’s A-list clients are nominated this year, including Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Jessica Chastain and Saoirse Ronan.

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Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault

CAA’s goal is to reportedly honor those clients while keeping in mind the sea change that’s been occurring in Hollywood since October, when Harvey Weinstein was first accused of sexual assault, harassment and rape.

Weinstein’s fall from grace opened the floodgates, and over the past two months, hundreds of industry women and men have come forward to accuse Hollywood figures, some more high profile than others, of similar offenses.

Stars whom have seen their influence crumble thanks to damning allegations include Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Rose, Jeffrey Tambor and Louis C.K.

The push for victim support comes as the agency faces criticism for its role in covering up Weinstein’s predatory behavior over the years.

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Stars accused of sexual harassment and assault

In October, Courtney Love claimed CAA “eternally banned” her for a comment she made against Weinstein in 2005, and a recent New York Times article alleged that eight talent agents were warned about Weinstein’s behavior, but continued to arrange meetings with him for their female clients.

In a statement to the Times, CAA said it apologized “to any person the agency let down for not meeting the high expectations we place on ourselves.”

The company has since pledged to include more women in leadership positions.

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