David Schwimmer's Actions Towards A Female Journalist Is A Sweet Reminder That Good Guys Do Exist

A journalist has opened up about the time she was scheduled to interview the Friends star at a hotel.

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The allegations of sexual assault and harassment levied against Harvey Weinstein.

The #MeToo hashtags highlighting the fact that sexual harassment is a centuries old epidemic.

The countless number of women - and men - who have come forward with their personal stories of sexual violence.

Just one look at the stream of articles about sexual misconduct on our news feeds today and it's no wonder many women - and men - are feeling disheartened and angry.

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However, in amongst the horror and scandals, there has also been great signs of solidarity and support. Little glimmers of hope that there are good people around and that we will see change.

For example, several men in particular have started taking to Twitter with the hashtag #HowIWillChange to pledge to be more vocal in supporting women and push to end societal prejudices.

And countless members of Hollywood have spoken out to condemn the actions of Weinstein and other members of the film community who have abused their positions of power and privilege to intimidate and permeate a culture of silence.

There are good men out there. Men like actor-producer David Schwimmer, for instance.

American film reviewer Nell Minow has just opened up to Vanity Fair about the time she found David Schwimmer to be a picture of understanding and good graces.

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She interviewed the Friends star about his new film Trust at the Phoenix Hotel in Washington, D.C. in 2011.

Recalling the interview, Minow explains that there was a plan to conduct the meeting in a hotel room. But he got in touch with her ahead of the interview, to ask if she would rather he made sure that there was going to be a third person in the room with them.

At the time, she thought his suggestion had something to do with his concern that the subject matter of his film - a thriller about about a teenage girl who becomes a victim of sexual abuse - might make her feel uncomfortable.

However, following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the writer believes Schwimmer's concern came from an understanding of how a woman might feel to be alone in a hotel room with a man.

'I haven't thought of that since it happened but the Weinstein stories made me not just remember it but remember it in an entirely different context as an indicator of the prevalence of predatory behaviour and as an indicator of Schwimmer's integrity and sensitivity.

'This wasn't just about his being a good guy who would not have tried anything. He understood what it is like to have to be constantly on the alert and he wanted to make sure I understood I was safe.'

Right now, there are a lot of men - and women - reading about the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the following #MeToo campaign and wondering if there if there is anything we can do.

To put it simply, we advise men to #BeMoreSchwimmer: think about the context of the situation or the repercussion of potential actions, listen and, if in doubt, always ask.

In light of the Weinstein scandal, it's important to remember that assault and harassment isn't a female problem, it's society's problem.

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