2 prominent figures of WeHo's Cinefamily resign amid sexual misconduct allegations

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 10:40PM
Keep Netflix Weird Event at Cinefamily on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)AP
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - A scandal involving a beloved and historic West Hollywood theatre is swirling over social media.

Two top leaders at Cinefamily resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct toward women. In a tweet, the theatre issued a statement.

It said, in part, that an email had been circulating around that makes "dark and disturbing claims about the Cinefamily. These allegations are deeply troubling."


Hadrian Belove, the theatre's cofounder and executive creative director, and Shadie Elnashai, vice president of its board of directors, resigned Tuesday, according to the statement.

Belove and Elnashai were both accused of separate incidents of sexual misconduct toward women in an anonymous email that has circulated over social media, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Since the allegations surfaced and the resignations were announced, some celebrities have spoken out about the case.

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson, who advocates for sexual abuse victims, said she believes those who spoke out.


Cinefamily said any claims of physical and/or verbal harassment or misconduct will be dealt with "swiftly and directly."
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