Recently, two women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault and harassment against film producer Sebastian Bear-McClard. The charges have been reported by foreign media outlets, although the sources have not been disclosed.
A statement was also received from a woman involved in a legal dispute with Bear-McClard, who claimed that a dozen sources have confirmed the producer's inappropriate behavior.
Recruitment Through Instagram
One of the accusers, a 17-year-old girl, was reportedly recruited by Bear-McClard via Instagram to act in a scene for the movie "Good Time." According to the report, the young woman was asked to perform a nude scene with an actor, recently released from prison, in front of a dozen male actors and crew members, including directors Josh Safdie and Bennie Safdie.
In a statement made during a separate legal dispute, the girl stated that she was "utterly stunned and felt terrified" by the events that took place. She added that during filming, an actor whispered in her ear asking if he could "stick it in" while the cameras rolled.
Promises of Career Advancement Lead to Assault
The second accuser met Bear-McClard during the production of the film "Uncut Gems." She claims that the producer wrote to her through his Instagram profile and made promises about her acting career.
The woman alleges that she was forced to engage in intimate relations without a condom. A second woman also accused Bear-McClard of reaching out to her over Instagram (while he was still married to Emily Ratajkowski) with promises to further her acting career.
The woman described an incident that reportedly took place at the former couple's shared Manhattan apartment, stating that Bear-McClard "inserted himself inside [her] without using a condom" without her consent. The same woman also claimed that Bear-McClard used abusive and anti-Semitic language towards her, and later claimed he was joking and had tracked her location through an app on her phone.
Efforts to reach representatives of Bear-McClard and Ratajkowski for comment were unsuccessful.
A Call to Action
These allegations, along with the many others that have come to light in recent years, serve as a call to action for a change in the toxic culture of the entertainment industry.
It is crucial that all individuals, regardless of their status or power, are held accountable for their actions and that survivors of sexual assault and harassment are given a platform to speak out and receive justice.