Writer Stephen Elliott, one of the men named in the controversial, crowdsourced “Shitty Media Men” list, has filed a lawsuit for libel and emotional distress against its creator, Moira Donegan, asking for $1.5 million in damages.
The Google spreadsheet, which was created by Donegan in October 2017, was widely circulated in media circles, particularly among women. It encouraged anonymous users to share allegations of sexual misconduct by predatory men in media.
Faced with routine institutional dismissal and fear of professional repercussions for reporting, women in a wide variety of industries have often relied on so-called “whisper networks” to quietly share information about assault and harassment with other women. The “Shitty Media…
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