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The Atlantic Crossword
Veteran actor Michael Caine has said the casting couch was an open secret in Hollywood. The year-old actor said though he knew about producers like Harvey Weinstein asking for sexual favours from aspiring starlets in return for a role, he did not know the extent of the problem. It was almost a joke.
Some of the Hollywood victims of casting couch behaviour
Over time, the phrase has become emblematic of the way that sexual aggression has been normalized in an industry dominated by powerful men. How did this seemingly innocuous phrase become so ensconced as a standard show-business trope? The casting-couch tradition originated in theatrical productions on Broadway well before the Hollywood film industry became the new locus of the entertainment world. The phrase casting couch became linked to the Shuberts, at least in retrospect, as the etymologist Peter Tamony discovered. By then, however, the idea of the casting couch had moved out west to Hollywood. But in , a silent stag film may have been responsible for introducing the expression to a wide audience.
The casting couch is a euphemism  for the practice of soliciting sexual favors from a job applicant in exchange for employment in the entertainment industry , primarily acting roles. Predominantly male casting directors and film producers use the casting couch to extract sex from aspiring actors in Hollywood , Bollywood ,   Broadway , and other segments of the industry. The casting couch is illegal under United States and California law. In the United States, the majority of lawsuits related to the practice are settled , resulting in a lack of case law. According to economists Thomas Borcherding and Darren Filson, the high risk and returns in Hollywood cinema encourage the casting couch phenomenon. The possibility of high returns incentivizes unestablished actors to accept minimal wages in exchange for roles. With the exception of a few extremely talented actors, producers are unable to evaluate the aptitude of the vast majority of qualified actors due to uncertainty. As a result, some actors give sexual favors to producers to obtain a perceived advantage in the casting ; the casting couch functions as a counterpayment that effectively reduces their wages. This creates a conflict of interest in which corrupt producers substitute aptitude an unquantifiable variable with sexual activity in their decision-making.