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NEW YORK (AP) — A former lawyer at the studio behind “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight” movies said a powerful boss she once viewed as a father figure demanded she be his slave and subjected her to nonconsensual sexual contact. She said she stayed quiet about it for years because she feared losing her job and never working in entertainment again.
Wendy Jaffe, the former executive vice president of legal affairs at Lionsgate, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that her mind often shifted to “minimizing damage” and a mode she described as “spinning plates” to quickly come up with ways to stop general counsel Wayne Levin without humiliating him.
Head - Sort - Mode - Plates - Jaffe
“I remember feeling like my head was spinning, and I’m sort of outside myself and I immediately went to the mode of spinning plates,” Jaffe said, describing one of the earliest alleged encounters around 2002.
“I started to question: ’How could this be happening? What did I do to make him think this was going to be OK?’” she continued, echoing the early reactions of many women who’ve spoken up about sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement exploded last October. “And if I embarrass him, I’m in trouble. My career is over.”
Jaffe - Levin - Lionsgate - Story - Days
Jaffe finally complained about Levin as she left Lionsgate in 2016 and has only told her story publicly in recent days, first to The Wall Street Journal and then in an on-camera interview with the AP.
Jaffe said her departure came with top executives making false and disparaging statements about her to prevent her from finding another job and fully vested stock options she was entitled to suddenly being removed from her account.
Lawyers - Tactics - Violation - Settlement - December
Her lawyers complained that those tactics constituted a violation of a $2.5 million settlement paid in December 2016 that had kept a lid on the reasons for her exit. Jaffe’s lawyers...
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