Hollywood men sign open letter against sexual misconduct

David Schwimmer, Justin Baldoni, David Arquette
Hollywood men have come out in support of victims of sexual harassment and assault. Photo credit: Getty/ File.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, over two dozen male actors, writers and producers have signed an open letter fighting back against sexual harassment in Hollywood. 

Published in The Hollywood Reporter, the letter supports survivors of harassment and abuse and demands more accountability and action from men in entertainment and beyond, calling them to #AskMoreOfHim. 

David Arquette, David Schwimmer, Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin), and Matt McGorry (Orange is the New Black) are just some of the notable stars to put their names to the letter. 

"We applaud the courage and pledge our support to the courageous women  and men, and gender non-conforming individuals  who have come forward to recount their experiences of harassment, abuse and violence at the hands of men in our country," the letter reads. 

"We are in awe of their strength and commitment to speaking truth to power.

"But our awe is not enough. As men, we have a special responsibility to prevent abuse from happening in the first place."

The letter adds that men must hold themselves accountable, even if they aren't "perfect."

"We believe that men must speak out against sexism, even as we engage in our own process of critical self-reflection, personal growth and accountability.

"Therefore, one of the most powerful things that men can and must do is make it clear to other men  including their friends, colleagues and co-workers  that sexual harassment and abuse are never acceptable. This goes for everything from sexist and degrading comments, right up to domestic violence and sexual assault."

Ahead of the Oscars ceremony today, several of the stars tweeted their pride at being part of the movement. 

The full letter can be read on The Hollywood Reporter.   

The #MeToo and 'Time's UP' movements have been gaining traction in Hollywood after thousands of women and some men have took to social media to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault, often in Hollywood.