A casting director suddenly resigned from the Casting Society of America after the guild reportedly notified him that his membership was under review. Deadline cites a knowledgeable source saying Billy DaMota was under scrutiny for controversial remarks and tweets about women.
The report says DaMota resigned Wednesday before the CSA had a chance to expel him.
“A CSA member since 1992, DaMota, best known for his 20 years of casting re-creation scenes for ‘America’s Most Wanted,’ has been one of the leaders of the effort to get the Los Angeles City Attorney to crack down on his fellow casting directors who allegedly charge actors for auditioning at casting workshops,” Deadline reports. “Twenty-five defendants — including 18 casting directors — have been charged, and five have entered either no contest or guilty pleas, although they all proclaim their innocence.”
The report adds: “On August 22, DaMota tweeted a link to a nude scene of actress Louise Linton — the wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — from her 2016 film ‘Intruder,’ with the snarky comment: ‘Um … NSFW … she’s wet and naked.’” (NSFW means “Not Safe For Work” – Internet slang to mark links that contain nudity, sexuality or profanity.)