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New website helps viewers avoid movies and TV shows made by sexual predators

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Helen Booth
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In the wake of numerous high-profile Hollywood scandals involving Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others, new website Rotten Apples helps film and TV fans avoid the work of alleged predators.

The website, which launched this week, allows you to enter the title of any movie or television show to see whether or not sexual misconduct allegations have been made against one of its stars or behind-the-scenes crew members.

Based on a similar system to the well-known reviews website Rotten Tomatoes, the film or TV show in question will then be certified as having ‘fresh apples’ or ‘rotten apples’ based on whether or not it has been tainted by one of Hollywood’s creeps.

For example, Shakespeare in Love is flagged for its rotten apples, as it was produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, and features actors Ben Affleck and Geoffrey Rush, who have also been accused of sexual misconduct.

Likewise, House of Cards also receives a rotten apples warning because of the allegations against its lead actor, Kevin Spacey.

However, some have pointed out that the system is flawed because it only flags individuals who have been accused of sexual misconduct, and not other kinds of abuse and harassment. For example, Johnny Depp – who was accused of domestic abuse by now ex-wife Amber Heard – is not listed as a ‘rotten apple’.

The site, which was created by Los Angeles advertising professionals Tal Wagman, Annie Johnston, Justice Erolin and Bekah Nutt, currently features over 19,000 names.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Johnston said: “I think the tool serves as a commentary on how pervasive the problem is. We’re trying to empower people with information.”

“It’s painful, so it’s been really interesting and maybe even a little cathartic to just sort of put this together and put it out there and just have it be a resource,” added Nutt.

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