Sarah Polley, Mia Kirshner sign letter supporting women suing Soulpepper

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Sarah Polley, Mia Kirshner and Ann-Marie MacDonald are among the almost 300 individuals who have marked a letter supporting the four on-screen characters suing Soulpepper Theater Company and its establishing creative executive Albert Schultz for inappropriate behavior.

The letter, dated Monday, approaches Soulpepper’s top managerial staff to “recognize the mischief” purportedly endured by the ladies, and includes “we likewise trust that there are more stories like theirs that have not been told.”

Schultz surrendered Thursday in the wake of the claims documented by Diana Bentley, Kristin Booth, Patricia Fagan and Hannah Miller.

In their four proclamations of case documented in Ontario Superior Court, the ladies affirm Schultz grabbed them, uncovered himself, squeezed against them, or generally acted improperly.

None of their affirmations have been tried in court and neither Schultz nor Soulpepper have documented an announcement of protection. Schultz said he will “vivaciously shield” himself against the assertions.

Polley and Kirshner have stood up about their own particular encounters with inappropriate behavior in media outlets. Both have charged they had awkward experiences with fallen Hollywood head honcho Harvey Weinstein.

MacDonald charged a week ago that she encountered “misuse, tormenting and provocation” while filling in as a performing artist with Soulpepper in 2008. She claimed Soulpepper pioneers dismissed her worries about a pledge drive that sold meals with female on-screen characters without their earlier assent.

The supporters of the letter say they anticipate Soulpepper’s board uncovering the “solid advances it is taking to guarantee that Soulpepper is a sheltered situation, where manhandle and provocation can’t go on without serious consequences, and where workmanship can prosper.”

Other people who marked the letter incorporate Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon, who featured in the Soulpepper creation of Kim’s Convenience and the consequent TV adjustment for CBC.

Performing artists Tara Spencer-Nairn of Corner Gas, Kristin Kreuk of Smallville and Amanda Brugel of The Handmaid’s Tale likewise added their names to the letter.