The theater community in New York is up in arms over an attempt by The New York Times to gather information for a potential #MeToo expose, The New York Post’s Page Six reports.
A reporter for The Times reportedly sent around a survey asking for details on sexual harassment cases during the past 20 years.
The Times theater reporter Michael Paulson is quoted by The Post writing in an email: “I am collaborating with several of my colleagues in the Times culture section on a look at how major nonprofit arts organizations have handled sexual harassment and assault complaints.”
The email reportedly includes 10 questions, such as: “How many sexual harassment or assault complaints have you received over the last 20 years? When were they received, and for what forms of conduct?” and “Were any of the complaints against senior artistic or business leaders . . . or board members? If so, we are asking that you identify those individuals and disclose the nature of the accusations.”
The email was reportedly sent to top theaters.
One theater pro is quoted by The Post saying: “The Times is behaving like the Inquisition. … Theaters are referring this to their lawyers, and the lawyers are saying we should send the same questions to New York Times human resources department.”