Weinstein was fired from the company which he co-founded after, revelations were reported by the New York Times that contained too much strong evidence to be denied.
Actors such as Jennifer Lawerence and George Clooney, who in a way owe their success to the Hollywood producer, and many other Hollywoods elites are finally speaking up.
Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Best Actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook — which was produced by Weinstein, told Variety she never experienced inappropriate behavior from him personally. But apparently what was reported about Weinstein, was enough to convince the actress.
“I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior … I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting. … My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”
In an interview with the Daily Beast, George Clooney stated that, “It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with,” he continued on saying:
“Harvey’s admitted to it, and it’s indefensible. I’ve known Harvey for 20 years. He gave me my first big break as an actor in films on From Dusk till Dawn, he gave me my first big break as a director with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. We’ve had dinners, we’ve been on location together, we’ve had arguments. But I can tell you that I’ve never seen any of this behavior—ever.”
Apparently this is news to actress Meryl Streep who has worked on two films with Weinstein:The Giver and August: Osage County. She too, like Jennifer Lawerence, never experienced or witnessed any of his improper behavior, but still called him out calling his behavior “inexcusable.”
“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes. … One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offenses … And If everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.”
Jessica Chastain took to Twitter to put in her two cents, and apparently she was aware of his actions even though the two have never even worked together.
I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an enviornment for it to happen again.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 9, 2017
You can always count on Mark Ruffalo to be the good guy on and off the screen.
To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 8, 2017
Girls star Lena Dunham, who has experienced sexual harassment in Hollywood (though not from Weinstein), wrote a thoughtful op-ed for the New York Times.
“Last year, I was by a director of a show, not my own, and not on a set, and the response by the powers that be was to defend him, question the women ferociously and take ages before letting him go from the network. It was a move based less on his skill than on some ancient loyalty. It’s that kind of behavior that normalizes this abuse of power.”
English actress and author Judi Dench, who has worked with Weinstein on several projects, told CNN that she too was “unaware” of his sexual misconduct.
“Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offenses which are, of course, horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and whole-hearted support to those who have spoken out.”
One actress had a pretty disturbing experience with the producer, as she recounted how she auditioned for him at the tender age of 18, in a hotel room, while he wore only a dressing gown.
“Like every other woman in the industry, I’ve had an ‘audition’ with Harvey Weinstein, where I’d actually already had the audition but you had to be personally approved by him … So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy, and he answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it, it has stayed very clearly in my memory.”
Late Night Host Jimmy Kimmel, went the extra mile to compare the producer to the commander in chief and creep President Trump. In his Monologue Joke on his show Monday night, Kimmel said “What’s the difference between Harvey Weinstein and the Pillsbury Doughboy?” He continued on saying “When the Pillsbury Doughboy offers you a roll, he doesn’t ask you to watch him take a shower for it.”
Oscar Kate Winslet, who won an Oscar for her role in The Reader, produced by Weinstein, didn’t hold back when she made a statement to Variety:
“The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well regarded film producers, is incredibly brave and has been deeply shocking to hear. The way Harvey Weinstein has treated these vulnerable, talented young women is NOT the way women should ever EVER deem to be acceptable or commonplace in ANY workplace. … I unequivocally support this level of very necessary exposure of someone who has behaved in reprehensible and disgusting ways. … I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumours, maybe we have all been naïve. And it makes me so angry.”
Glenn Close, whose only experience working with Weinstein, was when she did the voice work for the animated films for Hoodwinked. The actress though had a lot to say in a statement to the The New York Times, in which she admitted to hearing rumors concerning Weinstein’s troubling behavior.
“I’m sitting here, deeply upset, acknowledging to myself that, yes, for many years, I have been aware of the vague rumors that Harvey Weinstein had a pattern of behaving inappropriately around women. Harvey has always been decent to me, but now that the rumors are being substantiated, I feel angry and darkly sad. … I’m angry, not just at him and the conspiracy of silence around his actions, but also that the “casting couch” phenomenon, so to speak, is still a reality in our business and in the world: the horrible pressure, the awful expectation put on a woman when a powerful, egotistical, entitled bully expects sexual favors in exchange for a job.”
Good to see so many notable figures within Hollywood standing in solidarity, to condemn the actions of someone who has abused their power. Hopefully this will prevent such behaviors from occurring in the future, and will bring justice for the victims of sexual harassment within the industry.