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Louis C.K. and other disgraced Hollywood men have put hundreds out of work just before the holidays

Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

When art director Francis Giglio signed on to work on the TBS animated series "The Cops" last summer, he believed he had a full-time job through next May. The project starring the comic dream team of Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks meant steady income for the 36-year-old Newhall, Calif., resident, who is supporting a wife and a young daughter.

But his economic security ended Nov. 13 when the show's production company FX Studios and TBS quickly distanced themselves from C.K. after five women went public with accounts of how he masturbated in front of them or asked if he could. C.K. acknowledged the stories were true, and the production was indefinitely suspended by TBS.

Giglio was so upset he wrote an open letter to C.K. on one side of a corrugated box used to pack his office belongings and posted a photo of it on Facebook.

"We now find ourselves out of a job right before the holidays," Giglio wrote. "So many of us are frantically looking for a new project to jump on, myself included as my wife stays home with my 3-year-old daughter and I always want to take care of them ... . All of the stress and frustration that I find myself in now is nothing compared to the pain and distress you have caused these women."

Giglio and more than 75 other people in Burbank and Vancouver working on "The Cops" are part of the collateral damage of sexual harassment scandals that have brought down a growing number of media and entertainment figures.

The alleged misdeeds of powerful men, including C.K, mogul Harvey Weinstein and "House of Cards" actor Kevin Spacey, have not only harmed numerous victims but upended the livelihoods of hundreds of people who depended on them.

 

Last week, 20 people who worked on "Charlie Rose," the long-running daily talk show carried by PBS stations and Bloomberg, learned that the program was gone. The decision came a day after the Washington Post reported that eight women who had worked for or applied for jobs with the host had accused him of sexual harassment.

When Rose addressed his employees after his firing on Nov. 21, he suggested the program could continue, according to one staff member who spoke on the condition of anonymity. But more than a week later, there is no sign that "Charlie Rose" will be revived or that any PBS replacement would involve Rose's production company or his employees, a number of whom have been with him for more than 20 years. Rose's staff will be paid through the end of the year.

The 200-member crew of the hit drama "House of Cards" has been on a paid hiatus since early November as Netflix and the show's production company Media Rights Capital try to sort out the future of the show without its star Spacey. He was fired after allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior were raised by several men. Scotland Yard is also investigating sexual assault allegations made against the actor while he was artistic director of the Old Vic in London.

Last month the "House of Cards" crew was told that the Baltimore-based production would not restart before Dec. 8, as producers and writers try to determine how the final season will proceed without Spacey.

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