According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), multiple women are accusing Hollywood producer Adam Fields, 62, of sexual harassment while he worked at Relativity Media between 2010-2016. One of the women is a lawyer, one a well-known screenwriter, and one a junior executive. What makes this case slightly different from other cases of sexual harassment in Hollywood is that Fields is embroiled in a lawsuit with Relativity Media, where the alleged harassment occurred.
One woman told THR, "He came to me and basically told me if I went to his house and had sex with him, I could be moved up high at Relativity.” In addition, THR perused legal documents culled from a lawsuit filed by Fields against former CEO Ryan Kavanaugh; they reference two assistants with whom THR had not spoken who accused Fields of sexual harassment. The assistants claim Fields touched them inappropriately, made inappropriate sexual comments and streamed X-rated material on his phone in public areas of the company's offices.
THR reports that screenwriter and producer Leslie Dixon claims in 2010, on the set of "Limitless," Fields touched her without her permission, then made lascivious comments. Dixon alleges that multiple witnesses were present when Fields suggested Dixon needed a sex toy. She claims she immediately exited the set, called her CAA agent and lawyer and complained. She stated, "It all happened. My agent was brave. But no one inside Relativity wanted to be the one to call Ryan Kavanaugh. So Adam wasn't entirely banned from the set."
Ironically, The Weinstein Co., which was run by Harvey Weinstein, allegedly tried to keep Fields away from its set. THR reports:
In 2012, Miramax's Richard Nanula — who later became engulfed in scandal after stills from a sex tape he purportedly starred in with a porn actress surfaced online — handpicked Fields to oversee production on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a film that was distributed by The Weinstein Co. Although Fields received an executive producing credit on Sin City 2, sources say there were concerns about him visiting the Austin, Texas, set of the film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller because of a reputation for unprofessional behavior that stretched back to Sixteen Candles in 1984.
In April 2016, Fields was hired as Relativity's co-president of production. The junior-level executive Melissa Philipian allegedly became a target for him. She told THR:
At first, he would just be sly about and say, "I can really move you up the ranks if you want to be in this movie business." At first, he wasn't so overt with it. And then, it was a couple of weeks before I left, he came to me and basically told me if I went to his house and had sex with him, I could be moved up high at Relativity. I told him I was not interested.
Philipian explained why she didn’t report Fields’ activities:
I didn't notify anyone because I loved my job. He was one of my bosses, and I didn't want to rock the boat. There were other women whom he was doing this to, and I just felt like I didn't want to lose my job or get in trouble over saying something. I just kept it to myself even though I knew other people were talking about how creepy he was and all the things he was saying to them. I was clearly not the only one.
The woman lawyer stated, "What I can tell you is Adam had unwanted physical contact with me. It was unwelcome and invaded my personal space, and it made me feel very uncomfortable, particularly because he was my superior."
Fields' lawyer responded:
Mr. Fields categorically denies all the allegations. This is an obvious attempt by some at Relativity to intimidate Mr. Fields and destroy his reputation. It seems hardly coincidental that these stories from unnamed sources are surfacing in the press just now, a few days after Mr. Fields concluded presenting evidence in an arbitration in which he seeks millions of dollars in damages against Relativity and Ryan Kavanaugh for fraud and breach of contract.
THR delineates details regarding the suit Relativity filed against Fields:
The suit claims that Fields was fired for cause in 2016, but five months later he approached a producer and falsely represented that he could negotiate distribution rights on behalf of Relativity. The suit goes on to claim that Fields quoted uncompetitive terms, which prompted the producer to opt for another distributor. The film was subsequently released with another distributor and was successful.