100 # MeToo protesters go to the opening night of ‘West Side Story’ to demand that an actor be fired
Nearly 100 # MeToo activists gathered on the opening night of “West Side Story” on Broadway to protest the involvement of a cast member who allegedly leaked nude images of his girlfriend.
The angry protesters went to the Broadway theater to drop Amar Ramasar – cast to play Sharks gang leader Bernardo – during the opening on Thursday.
Ramasar was fired from New York City Ballet in 2018 after dancer Alexandra Waterbury accused him and two other male dancers of sharing sexually explicit photos of her and another dancer without the women’s permission.
The angry protesters went to the Broadway Theater to summon Amar Ramasar – cast to play Sharks gang leader Bernardo – to be withdrawn from production during the opening on Thursday
The demonstrators stood at the side of the theater during the opening night
Alexa Maxwell, 25, is pictured with her friend Amar Ramasar, 38, who shared a sexually explicit photo of her without her permission with two male dancers in the New York City Ballet
During the demonstration demonstrators could be heard singing: “Hello, ho ho, Amar must go.”
They had signs with the text “Keep predators away from the stage” and “Boo Bernardo.”
Megan Rubin, the woman responsible for launching the Change.org petition against Ramasar, told it New York Post she was satisfied with the turnout.
“We have to let the producers know that it is not good that Amar is still on the stage,” Rubin said.
During the demonstration demonstrators could be heard singing: “Hello, ho ho, Amar must go”
They had signs with the text “Keep predators away from the stage” and “Boo Bernardo”
Megan Rubin, the woman responsible for launching the Change.org petition against Ramasar, said she was satisfied with the turnout
Demonstrators outside the Broadway Theater during the opening night of the show
A demonstrator claimed that Ramasar “should be on a list of sex offenders”
A young actor named David stated that not making the actor bad was a bad example.
‘What you say is that it is great to treat women like that by letting him keep his job. I don’t know how people share the stage with him, “David added.
In a 60-minute interview on Sunday, producer Scott Rudin stated that he had no intention of releasing Ramasar. The actor depicted on the opening night
Some demonstrators wore signs saying: “Sexual harassment should not get a standing ovation” and “Keep predators off the stage.”
In a 60-minute interview on Sunday, producer Scott Rudin stated that he had no intention of releasing Ramasar.
“The arbitrator found that there had been no violation,” said Rudin. “He has recovered. I don’t apologize. I think what he did was really stupid. “
“I mean, do I have to replace him in the show? I’m not going to do that, “Rudin added.
Actors’ Equity issued a statement that gave their opinion on the entire test.
“Everyone at West Side Story should be able to go to work and feel safe and protected in their workplace,” said Mary McColl, Executive Director of Actors’ Equity, according to Poster. “Equity has been in contact with the general manager and members of the show. As a trade union, it is Equity’s job to ensure that our members are protected in the workplace and we take that responsibility very seriously. Equity continues to uphold all employers’ legal obligations to maintain a safe and plague-free environment. I want all members, wherever they work, to know that they can contact their company representative when there is a problem at the workplace, or use the Equity hotline to report problems at their workplace anonymously. “
During previews for the show, groups of protesters gathered outside the theater and insisted on the 38-year-old’s dismissal, whom they have called a “rapist,” “pedophile,” and “sexual predator.”
His girlfriend, Alexa Maxwell, 25, claims that the actor and ballet dancer – who’s been her boyfriend for five years – is being unfairly targeted and that the photo was a ‘personal matter’.
A protest during the show preview called for Ramasar to be released from the cast of West Side Story
Alexandra Waterbury (22) filed a lawsuit in 2018 in which three male dancers in the New York City Ballet were accused of sexually explicit photos of her and another dancer
Ramasar was fired from New York City Ballet in 2018 after Alexandra Waterbury accused him and two other male dancers of sharing sexually explicit photos of her and another dancer without the women’s permission.
He was later restored and remains a member of the ballet company.
Ramasar’s involvement in the allegations included an incident in 2018 in which fellow dancer Chase Finlay sent a sexually explicit photo from Waterbury to Ramasar and another male dancer.
In response, Ramasar sent a naked photo of his girlfriend Alexa Maxwell, who is also a dancer, without her permission.
At the time, Finlay was Waterbury’s boyfriend and he is the main defendant. She is looking for compensation in the current lawsuit.
Waterbury did not organize the protest but was present and thanked the group for their support
Protesters continue an online campaign to get Ramasar fired from West Side Story
Alexa Maxwell spoke for the first time about Ramasar’s sharing of her photo and said she wasn’t a “victim.”
Maxwell returned to the protesters earlier in the month and said he was unfairly targeted and “not a victim.”
The earlier protest was the second in two weeks and there has been a continuous social media campaign and an online petition calling for the resignation of Ramasar.
In addition to public outrage, Maxwell revealed that she received private messages criticizing her for staying with Ramasar.
“I am not a victim in this and no longer wish my truth to be misrepresented. It is not my mission to reduce Alexandra’s feelings, but I want to expose some of the facts that have been misrepresented on multiple platforms, “Maxwell said in a statement that began just before the protest.
The statement adds that “the only photo that Amar shared was mine, his girlfriend of almost five years.” I knew about the pictures of me when they were taken, and although sharing privately with a good friend was a wrong estimate, Amar immediately told me when he sent them to Chase and his sincere regret led us to today where we live together and build a loving and happy relationship.
“The incident was a personal matter between me and Amar, and I think it’s good what happened.”
Actor and dancer Amar Ramasar, 38, was fired from the New York City Ballet when accusations were first made, but later recovered and remains a member of the ballet company
Maxwell added that she wanted to clarify her story before the protest started and stressed that Ramasar was not originally accused by Waterbury of things she and members of the public now claim.
“On social media, Alexandra and other people recklessly threw phrases such as” rapist, “” sexual predator, “and” pedophile “when referring to Amar,” she said.
“Amar never raped anyone – and Alexandra does not claim in her lawsuit that he did.”
“Amar is not a sexual predator – and Alexandra does not claim in her case that he is.” And Amar is not a pedophile – and Alexandra in her lawsuit does not claim such a thing.
“And while Alexandra in her lawsuit makes allegations about group texts in which men talked about women in terrible terms, Amar was not a participant in those group texts and Alexandra does not claim that he was.”
Waterbury was not the organizer of the protests or the online campaign, but did attend preview protests.
In response to Maxwell’s statement, she told the New York Times: ‘He still asked for photos of me. He still wronged me. ”
She also offered her support for the protest and posted a thank-you message on Instagram and stated that she “is excited to continue to raise awareness about these abuses and fight for justice.”
“Can’t believe that more than 40 people came to protest tonight against the casting of Amar in @westsidestorybway. We have distributed 400+ flyers to members of the public, “she wrote in the post.
“I am excited to raise awareness about these abuses and to fight for justice. It’s time to hold people responsible for their actions. Talent is not an excuse or justification for sexual abuse or hatred of women.
“Thanks to everyone who came this evening and to everyone who organized everything. The support received is overwhelming and humiliating. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.’
The newly designed West Side Story is currently in previews and will be opened on Broadway on February 20, 2020.
Scott Rudin, producer of the show, has expressed his support for Ramasar and stated that the production is behind him. Rudin told the New York Times that Ramasar is “an exemplary company member” and “has more than earned our trust.”
In Waterbury’s 2018 lawsuit, she accuses Ramasar of sharing explicit photos of another dancer that Maxwell has now confirmed to be her.
Maxwell claims that in 2018 Waterbury tried to convince her to take part in the lawsuit during a one-hour phone call, advising Maxwell that it is “worth half a billion dollars.”
Waterbury’s lawyer, Jordan K. Merson, claims that this is incorrect.
“It is a shame that Mrs. Maxwell is trying to infect Mrs. Waterbury with everything she has done for the # MeToo movement,” he said, adding that her statement a year after the trial was filed is problematic.