Metallica's Lars Ulrich says music business will have sexual assault "reckoning"
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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich addressed the wave of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, saying that the disgraced Hollywood producer's case is being used as a valuable starting point for vitally important discussions about Hollywood's "casting couch" culture, wilful silence in the face of sexual harassment and sexual predators in the working environment.
During an interview this past Sunday (November 5th) at the 92Y cultural center in New York City, Ulrich was asked if he thought the music business will also face a reckoning similar to that which has occurred in the film industry and dragged down studio executives, producers, actors and talent agents. Ulrich answered, "Everywhere is gonna have a reckoning, and I think the great thing is that we're in the first inning of this, and, obviously, it's long overdue."
- He added, "I think that it's a great, great thing that everybody is standing up and that everybody, no matter what gender they are, feels safe in talking about their experiences and that, as a victim in any kind of situation, that you don't feel that you have to carry it yourself, that you have a platform and that you can feel safe in there."
- But Ulrich also warned, "There will be a point somewhere down the line where somebody's life is gonna get changed because of a potentially false accusation. And when that happens, I hope that we can find ways to, sort of, navigate as a society, media just through that, and hopefully that we make the best choices."
- Weinstein's career was brought to a halt after scores of women in the entertainment industry -- including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie -- accused him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct over the years, ranging from harassment to outright rape.
- Other film industry figures who have been accused of sexual assault or harassment include director James Toback and actor Kevin Spacey.
- In the world of music, major accusations have emerged so far against former Marilyn Manson bassist Jeordie White and Nashville publicist Kirt Webster, although it seems inevitable that more will come.