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‘Everybody had a job, and then they didn’t’: Hollywood sex scandals’ other casualties

When art director Francis Giglio signed on to work on the TBS animated series “The Cops” last summer, he believed he had a full-time job through next May. The project starring the comic dream team of Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks meant steady income for the 36-year-old Newhall resident, who is supporting a wife and a young daughter.

But his economic security ended on Nov. 13 when the show’s production company FX Productions and TBS quickly distanced themselves from Louis C.K. after five women went public with accounts of how he forced them to watch him masturbate. Louis C.K. acknowledged the stories were true, and the production was indefinitely suspended by TBS.

Giglio was so upset he wrote an open letter to Louis C.K. on one side of a corrugated box used to pack his office belongings and posted a photo of it on Facebook.

“We now find ourselves out of a job right before the holidays,” Giglio wrote. “So many of us are frantically looking for a new project to jump on, myself included as my wife stays home with my 3-year-old daughter and I always want to take care of them.… All of the stress and frustration that I find myself in now is nothing compared to the pain and distress you have caused these women.”

Kelani Lim, a production manager overseeing the 60 animators at Bardel Entertainment in Vancouver working on “The Cops,” was excited about being on a show that featured Louis C.K. With a year and a half of experience, she was unaware of long-circulating rumors about the allegations.

“One of the things that drew me to the project was that his name was attached to it,” said Lim, 28, a Vancouver resident. “A lot of people who worked on the shows were fans of his and looked up to him. Their opinions of him have completely changed, especially since he was involved in them losing their jobs.”

Lim is trying to focus on the larger issue of women being able to come forward about sexual harassment. But the personal consequences are hard to ignore.

“I’m supportive of them,” Lim said. “I also have mixed feelings because I’m out of a job because of one person and I didn’t have a choice.”

Giglio also has tried to keep his thoughts on the women subjected to the comic’s behavior.

After Giglio posted his open letter to Louis C.K, one of the comedian’s accusers reached out to him. She told him she was sorry he lost his job as a result of the sordid revelations that torpedoed the project.

“I told her, ‘That’s not the point, you have nothing to apologize for,’” Giglio said. “We have to change this environment so these people can come forward without the added stress of a production being canceled as some sort of retaliation against them. The ramifications of how this spreads is so much bigger than people realize.”

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