Actors, TV networks move to eliminate casting couch in wake of 'Me Too' movement
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The country’s largest actors’ union has reached an agreement with television networks to eliminate the so-called casting couch in an effort to address sexual harassment in the industry.

The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced their agreement with broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to reduce auditions and meetings held in private hotel rooms and residences.

“The agreement now reflects important new language limiting auditions or meetings in private hotel rooms and residences, which represents a partial realization of our work toward industry culture change,” union President Gabrielle Carteris said in a release.

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The wide-ranging deal also addresses issues of wage increases, benefits and labor conditions for dancers, singers and background actors, as well as a change to contract language “that explicitly prohibits harassment."

The change comes following a series of allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse among prominent men in the entertainment industry.

The “Me Too” movement took off last fall, with dozens of women accusing disgraced Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct and assault.

Weinstein pleaded not guilty earlier this month to criminal charges of sexual misconduct and rape. His lawyer told a group of reporters that Weinstein “did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood” while speaking about defending him.