After multiple women came out to reveal how the creator of Honest Trailers Andy Signore had sexually abused them and/or made illicit sexual advances, he has been fired by Defy Media, which owns the Screen Junkies YouTube channel Signore worked for.
Defy Media also released a statement announcing the firing of Signore;
“DEFY Media and Screen Junkies have today terminated Andy Signore’s employment, effective immediately. There is simply no justification for this egregious and intolerable behavior.”
The statement also reflected on the numerous complainants;
“We are acting swiftly to address the concerns of the people affected, and that going forward, our community is free of harassment or discrimination of any kind. Our Screen Junkies colleagues and freelancers are a team of remarkable creators serving loyal fans and we will support and protect them. If anyone else is aware of behavior of this type, we would encourage them to bring it to our attention.”
Emma Bowers: The First Woman to Have Revealed Signore’s Dastardly Acts.
Emma Bowers had chimed the first bell of doom for Signore when last week she revealed that in 2010, when she was an intern at Screen Junkies, she was approached by Signore who made comments about masturbating to photos of her, and then asked her to come over so he could do that in person. She said Signore attempted to act as though the comments were a joke.
April Dawn: Repeatedly Complained to the HR Dept. of Screen Junkies to No Avail
April Dawn, was a Screen Junkies fan who met Signore at Chicago Comic Con in 2015. Screen Junkies flew her out to Los Angeles to appear on its Movie Fights YouTube series a few months later. Dawn wrote Friday that Signore tried to sexually assault her on multiple occasions, and threatened to fire her boyfriend Josh Tapia, an engineer at Screen Junkies who goes by the name JTE, if she spoke out about it. She said that she and two other women went to the company’s HR department two months ago, but her complaints of alleged attempted sexual assault were not taken seriously.
Stories of sexual harassment have roiled the genre community over the past year, with Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles taking a leave of absence last month after multiple women went public with stories of sexual assault. Devin Faraci exited Birth.Movies.Death as editor-in-chief last October after allegations of sexual assault, while in Los Angeles, the independent film venue Cinefamily suspended its activities in August after executives resigned following sexual abuse allegations.
Also, Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Co. in the wake of a New York Times investigation accusing the producer and studio executive of sexual abuse of actresses and employees.
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