By Ray Pride

Peter Bart

“In the 1970s and 1980s it became common practice at elite Hollywood dinner parties for guests casually to disrobe after dinner and plunge into the hot tub, lighting up a joint in the process. It never occurred to me, when I found myself next to a famous actress or filmmaker, that recriminations would potentially surface, and I was running a company at the time. Nor did hot tub culture seem to foster sexual activity… It was also common practice in that era to have a one-on-one business meeting with a woman in one’s office, or at a restaurant, without fear of gossip… Standards and mores have changed. I applaud those changes, but am concerned about longterm impact.”
~ Peter Bart 

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