Netflix film crew are ‘banned from staring, flirting and hugging’ under barmy new rules

NETFLIX has banned film crews from looking at anyone for over five seconds in barmy no-flirting rules.

Others include no asking for workpals’ phone numbers — and urging staff feeling pestered to yell: “Stop! Don’t do that again!”

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Some staff at Netflix have apparently been required to attend harassment meetings

The blitz follows the Harvey Weinstein and Me Too sex abuse storms. One of the first shows hit is sci-fi series Black Mirror, being shot in West London and on location.

An on-set runner said: “Everyone was spoken to about #MeToo.

"Senior staff went to a harassment meeting to learn what is and isn’t appropriate. Looking at anyone longer than five seconds is considered creepy.

“You mustn’t ask for someone’s number unless they have given permission for it to be distributed. And if you see any unwanted behaviour, report it immediately.


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“It has sparked jokes, with people looking at each other, counting to five, then diverting their eyes.”

Staff are also told to avoid lingering hugs, asking people out more than once and to steer clear if they say no.

Weinstein, 66, has denied two women’s rape and sex attack claims in court. He also denies allegations from more than 70 women, one a Netflix exec.

Netflix said in a statement: We’re proud of the anti-harassment training we offer to our productions. We want every Netflix production to be a safe and respectful working environment. We believe the resources we offer empower people on our sets to speak up, and shouldn’t be trivialized.

Highlights from the June 2018 releases on Netflix UK