Attorneys Uncovering Systematic Sexual Abuse in the Music, Fashion, Film, and Theater Industries

Entertainment Industry Survivors of Systemic Sexual Abuse Have Rights

For too long, the entertainment industry has intentionally covered-up the sexual abuse of children and adults. From models, actors, and musicians to executive assistants and designers, workers in the entertainment industry have been abused and silenced by powerful, high-ranking professionals.

In 2017, the viral #MeToo movement quickly gained traction, obtaining international attention. Many survivors used social media as a platform to demand accountability against their abusers. Multiple sexual abuse allegations against the infamous film producer Harvey Weinstein came to light. Actors such as Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Lawrence took part in the movement. Years following this movement, survivors of sexual in the music, fashion, film, and theater in are still coming forward and demanding systemic change.

Survivors no longer have to stay silent. It’s time to pave pathways of power for survivors. It’s time to transform laws and social attitudes. It’s time to cleanse the entertainment industry of sexual predators and those who cover up their crimes.

Theatre & Arts

Child performers are groomed and abused in the arts, media, and theatre.

Prolific predators exploit permissive cultures and hide in plain sight.

Executive & Corporate

Aspiring talent and management professionals are abused & coerced into silence.

Corporate predators and complicit HR teams damage lives and alienate women from positions of power.

Music

Music fans are abused at concerts and tours and are groomed on an ongoing basis.

Children and vulnerable adults are targeted, drugged, and sexually assaulted, in private or group settings. They may be manipulated into longer-term abuse

Fashion

Young ambitious professionals are coerced into silence

Young models, interns and aspiring designers and stylists are sexually abused, and then forced to remain silent by powerful professionals with promises of a successful career.

Film

Child actors and young adults are isolated, manipulated & abused

Young actors are gradually groomed into thinking the abuse is normal or “okay”. They often remain silent due to intimidation, threats of termination, and NDAs.

The entertainment industry uses the allure of star power, the intoxication of drugs, intimidation, corrupt law enforcement, and the circumstances of desperation for those seeking a professional livelihood, to stop victims from reporting abuse. Powerful executives and famous celebrities often manipulate victims into signing NDAs, saying it’s “just a formality”. Victims often are not given a chance to fully read the NDA or consult with an attorney. In reality, the NDAs mean survivors are forced into legal silence and not permitted to publicly discuss their abuse or name their abuser. This is just one of the many silencing tactics used in the entertainment industry.

Alleged Crimes within the Entertainment Industry

  • Targeting & grooming of vulnerable minors and adults
  • Sexual assault
  • Production of child pornography
  • Physical violence
  • Financial exploitation

How the Entertainment Industry Silences Survivors & Empowers Predators

  • Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)
  • Grooming
  • Coercion, threats, & extreme harassment
  • Offensive legal strategies

Four Decades of Experience in Partnering with Survivors to Heal and Cleanse Society of Predators

As Children’s Theater survivors speak their truth about the history of The Children’s Theatre’s systemic culture of abuse, Laura Stearns thanks Minnesota Governor for signing the Child Victim’s Act into law.

“This is a time for reconciliation, this is a time for reparation, this is a time for engagement.” Jeff Anderson announcing resolution of all lawsuits against the Children’s Theatre Company

California Child Victims Act

On January 1, 2020, the California Child Victims Act opened a three-year window for California child sexual assault survivors of any age to file claims against their perpetrators and the institutions responsible for the abuse, no matter when the abuse occurred. This means survivors abused in California only have until December 31, 2022, to take legal action.

If you are concerned about your privacy, or remaining anonymous, please visit our Questions & Answers section on our website.

Karen Barth Menzies

KBM Law
office: (310) 363-0030
cell: (310) 722-2536
kbm@kbmlaw.com
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Attorney – California

Founder of KBM Law. Compassionate advocate in pursuit of healing through justice, with a track record of holding big business accountable for public safety. Avid Bass player.

Our Mission

Jeff Anderson & Associates is teaming up with KBM Laws to combine our experience and shared commitment to giving survivors a voice. For more than twenty five years, Karen Barth Menzies has dedicated her career advocating for victims, particularly women and children.

It’s time to amplify the voices of the unheard and cleanse the entertainment industry of sex abuse

  • Make the entertainment industry safe for everyone, particularly women, children, and vulnerable adults.
  • Hold the entertainment industry accountable to take meaningful steps to ensure a safe environment in all spaces in which it operates and profits.
  • End survivor silencing contracts (NDAs)
  • Expose legal practices that sell out survivors to protect predators and perpetuate an unsafe industry.
  • Ensure that victims have compassionate and ethical legal team that is not taking money from the same industry powerhouses that are trying to silence them.
  • We will shine a spotlight on corrupt law enforcement and other agencies that enable abuse or participate in cover-ups.

Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you
– Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Entertainment Industry Sex Abuse In The News

Steven Tyler and Julia Holcomb’s story: “I met Steven Tyler when I was 16 years old.”

To understand what leads a 16- year-old girl to find herself…in a three-year live-in relationship with Steven Tyler, you need some essential background information.

Capt. Hollywood: The ex-LAPD boss who tipped off CBS to Moonves assault claim

Alleged perpetrator’s lawyer contacts LAPD boss, who agreed would reach out and “admonish the accuser to refrain from going to the media and maintaining ‘her’ confidentiality.”

Nomi Abadi reflects on coming forward and reforming the music industry, top to bottom.

“I feel a lot better now that I have support — a lawyer, the Female Composer Safety League, friends, a sisterhood, allyship, job opportunities… it’s the only reason I’m still in the industry”

Eat Predators Wants to Chew Up and Spit Out Industry Sexual Abuse

Former Nickelodeon actor Alexa Nikolas has launched a movement to end the culture of sexual abuse in the music and entertainment world

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