Cinefamily Board Temporarily Suspends Programming To Investigate Sexual Misconduct Allegations
The Cinefamily Board of Directors has announced it is suspending all Cinefamily activities while an independent third party conducts an investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct at the popular theater. This past week, an email circulated among the Los Angeles film community alleging years of sexual harassment and impropriety at the theater, specifically from founder and now former Executive Director Hadrian Belove, as well as former board vice president Shadie Elnashai. Belove and Elnashai both resigned in response to the allegations.
Several former employees corroborate the environment in the initial email. One former female employee describes how "[t]here was never anyone safe I could go to to speak about any of my issues. Most of them involving Hadrian." Former employees also alleged the Board was aware of Belove's behavior but did little to change it.
In their statement, the Board says they have "no tolerance for any form of behavior that does not conform to the high standards demanded by our members and staff and that of common human decency." They mention an independent third party—specifically Giles Miller at Lynx Insights and Investigations—will perform the investigation. In a previous statement, Cinefamily said they were cooperating with Officer Russel Hess of the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division, whom Jezebel noted is actually an officer at the LAPD West Bureau. After contacting Officer Hess, he told Jezebel “We have no active investigations involving Cinefamily to my knowledge,”
LAist reached out to Cinefamily but did not hear back in time of publication. Giles Miller of Lynx Insights and Investigations did not have a comment at this time.