We didn't see this coming...
Ever since the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations emerged, Hollywood actresses have been coming forward and standing in solidarity to shed some much-needed light on workplace misconduct.
The revelations have been beyond what we could have possibly imagined. Jennifer Lawrence was threatened, Meryl Streep faced physical violence – something she spoke about in a recent speech, and Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are two of many to have opened up about being on the receiving end of sexual harassment.
The list of public figures to have left projects or parted ways with Hollywood heavyweights over abuse of power is endless, with Rashida Jones being the latest A-lister to make news on the subject.
It was reported today that the 41-year-old Parks and Recreation star and her writing partner Will McCormack left Toy Story 4, a project they were working on, due to unwanted advances by chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter – with the news coming after the announcement that Lasseter would be leaving for a ‘sabbatical’ due to unspecified ‘missteps’.
Rashida has since spoken out about the news however, rubbishing the rumours and issuing a joint statement with Will McCormack.
‘The breakneck speed at which journalists have been naming the next perpetrator renders some reporting irresponsible,’ the statement read. ‘We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue. We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences.’
The statement continued: ‘There is so much talent at Pixar, and we remain enormous fans of their films. However, it is also a culture where women and people of colour do not have an equal creative voice.’