The return coincides with last October’s exposure of Harvey Weinstein as an alleged predator.
But the list of accused sexual harassers since then already has entertainment lawyer Sky Moore calling it a permanent part of his practice.
Moore, a partner at Greenberg Glusker in Los Angeles, emphasized the morals clause he’s using on behalf of his distributor clients is a contractual provision rather than an insurance policy.
“All you have to do is define what will trigger the clause, who determines if it has been triggered and what happens as a result,” he said.
The morals clause is designed to protect studios and distributors in the #MeToo era. Projects worth millions can be instantly tainted by a victim’s going public — leaving their future to the court of public opinion.
Netflix’s chief finance officer, David Wells, cast a light on the need for such protection in a January earnings call, saying his company took a $39 million write-down due to “the societal reset around sexual harassment.”
The trade press pinned the charges on “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey, whom Netflix dropped from the series’ upcoming sixth season after accusations of sexual misconduct — and on “The Ranch” star Danny Masterson, who left in the wake of rape allegations.