Another Trump-hater bites the dust. CBS writer-producer Rick Najera, who was the director of the network’s “Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase,” was ousted amid accusations of sexual harassment.
Najera is the latest in what’s sure to be a long line of Hollywood executives being outed for predatory behavior in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal. Several women accused Najera, who worked at CBS for 13 years, of propositioning them and making lewd comments.
CBS released this statement about Najera’s abrupt exit (via Variety):
In March 2017, CBS became aware of inappropriate comments made during the production of the Diversity Comedy Showcase, and remedial action was taken at that time, which the company felt was appropriate to the matter.
Subsequent information has recently emerged. After looking into these reports and a discussion with Mr. Najera, he has resigned from his role with the Diversity Comedy Showcase.
Rick Najera is not a household name because he worked behind the scenes, but here are some interesting tidbits about him: Najera, a Mexican-American who was born in the United States, is a vocal opponent of President Trump.
In addition to repeatedly calling Trump and his supporters racist, Najera has slammed the president’s plans for a border wall.
“[Trump’s] slogan of ‘Make America Great Again’ is really a cover for ‘Make America White Again,'” Najera wrote in the Huffington Post. “Yes, the Trump hate train, as I call it, is roaring down the track. The train has left the station and it’s fueled by nativism and hate.”
Najera is the latest show-biz insider to be outed after Harvey Weinstein’s 30 years of sexual abuse was uncovered. So far, about 60 women have come forward alleging the disgraced film mogul sexually harassed them.
At least five women claim Weinstein raped them. More victims are coming forward every day detailing Weinstein’s depraved behavior over the course of three decades.
What’s more shocking than Weinstein’s seedy behavior is the sickening conspiracy of silence in Hollywood and the media, which protected this predator for years because he was a cash cow. Keep that in mind the next time someone in show business rants about “misogyny!” or claims to be a champion for women.
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