Netflix Staff 'Banned From looking at Each Other More Than 5 Seconds'
Entertainment company enforces new rules for #Metoo
Netflix has introduced a new anti-harassment training for its staff as part of the #metoo movement following the Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstine scandal that rocked Hollywood.
The new rules were introduced following the massive disruption of the Netflix hit 'House Of Cards' as a result of actor Anthony Rapp claims Spacey made a sexual advance towards him when Rapp was 14.
The rules imposed on all Netflix film crews and staff reportedly include no looking at anyone for longer than five seconds, no lingering hugs, no flirting or asking for co-workers numbers.
“Everyone was spoken to about #MeToo," one Netflix staff member told The Sun
"Senior staff went to a harassment meeting to learn what is and isn’t appropriate. Looking at anyone longer than five seconds is considered creepy.
“You mustn’t ask for someone’s number unless they have given permission for it to be distributed. And if you see any unwanted behavior, report it immediately.
“It has sparked jokes," they added, "with people looking at each other, counting to five, then diverting their eyes.”
Netflix declined to confirm or deny the report but told The Independent in a statement:
"We’re proud of the anti-harassment training we offer to our productions. We want every Netflix production to be a safe and respectful working environment. We believe the resources we offer empower people on our sets to speak up, and shouldn’t be trivialized."