Emma Thompson, Ryan Gosling and Tom Hanks have joined a bevy of actors and actresses in speaking out against film mogul Harvey Weinstein in the wake of sexual harassment allegations levied against him.
Weinstein, long considered one of the most famous, powerful and influential men in Hollywood, was fired from his eponymous company on Sunday evening following the emergence of 'new information', according to the board.
His firing came after the New York Times published a report detailing a number of sexual harassment claims, including alleged legal settlements with eight different women, against the 65-year-old allegedly dating back over three decades.
Weinstein initially said he would be taking a leave of absence from his company in light of the allegations and apologised, saying: 'I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain and I sincerely apologise for it.'
Weinstein, who has not been charged with any crimes, has also disputed parts of the NYT report. Lisa Bloom, who has now quit her role as Weinstein's legal adviser, said in a statement last week: 'He denies many of the accusations as patently false' while another lawyer Charles J. Harder initially said Weinstein was planning on suing the newspaper, calling it defamatory.
On Tuesday, the New Yorker published a story with further allegations of both sexual harassment and sexual assault. In response, his spokesperson told the magazine: 'Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counselling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.'
When the claims first emerged, there was little said from the actors and actresses who had previously worked with Weinstein, something Rose McGowan branded a 'deafening' silence.
However, in recent days, a rising number of Hollywood names have distanced themselves from Weinstein by lending their voices in support of the women who have made the claims.
Emma Thompson appeared on BBC Newsnight on Thursday to denounce the film mogul. Saying she only had business contact with Weinstein where the two did not get along, she said she was not surprised by all the reports.
'He is at the top of a very particular iceberg. I don't think you can describe him as a sex addict, he is a predator, that's different. He's at the top of a ladder of a system of harassment and belittling and bullying and interference and what my mother would have referred to in the olden days as "pestering."'
She said we need to talk about this behaviour and the 'crisis in extreme masculinity', saying there are 'many others' like him in the Hollywood industry.
Ryan Gosling, who has worked with Weinstein, also leant his voice to the condemnation of the producer on Thursday. Saying he was 'deeply disappointed' in himself for being oblivious to the 'devastating experiences of sexual harassment and abuse', he commended the women who have come forward.
Tom Hanks, who has never worked with Weinstein, told the New York Times: 'Ah it just sort of fits, doesn't it?'
'Look, I don't want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went down there. You can't buy, "Oh well I grew up in the '60s and '70s and so therefore…" I did, too. So I think it's like, well, what do you want from this position of power? I know all kinds of people that just love hitting on, or making the lives of underlings some degree of miserable, because they can.'
He also said he wasn't the first person to say 'Harvey's a bit of an ass'.
Gwyneth Paltrow has become one of the most famous actresses to claim she experienced harassment at the hands of Weinstein. On Tuesday, she told the New York Times, that following a meeting over her role in Emma, he suggested they head to the bedroom for massages, which she refused.
'I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified. I thought he was going to fire me,' she said.
Angelina Jolie has also come forward with a claim about Weinstein. She told the New York Times she had a 'bad experience' with the producer when she was younger so she chose never to work with him again.
'I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,' she said. 'This behaviour towards women in any field, any country, is unacceptable.'
On Wednesday, Cara Delevingne became the latest high-profile actress to accuse the former Hollywood powerhouse of sexual harassment, sharing details of an alleged encounter she had with him at the start of her acting career on Instagram.
She followed up with another post saying she was "relieved" to tell her story.
"I actually feel better and I'm proud of the women who are brave enough to speak… this isn't easy but there are strength in our numbers."
On Thursday, Kate Beckinsale came forward to claim that Weinstein greeted her in a dressing gown and offered her alcohol at a hotel in London when she was 17.
She wrote on Instagram that she was able to leave the encounter 'uneasy but unscathed' but also claimed he was verbally abusive to her for years later when she turned down parts in his films.
'I would like to applaud the women who have come forward and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers,managers,executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said "Well, that's just Harvey /Mr X/insert name here" will realise that we in numbers can affect real change.'
Léa Seadoux is another who shared her encounter with Weinstein, claiming she was subjected to harassment. She finished off an op-ed for The Guardian by saying that "only truth and justice can bring us forward" and make some much-needed changes in regards to the way women are treated in the film industry.
"It's important that women are furious right now," she said. "It's important that there is an uprising. It's important that we don't stand for this and that we don't focus on one, two, three or four stories, it's important that we focus on humanity in general and say: 'This is unacceptable.'"
Colin Firth, who won an Oscar for his role in the Weinstein-backed film The King's Speech, told The Guardian on Tuesday that it is "with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting from Harvey Weinstein's support" saying he applauded the courage of the women who have come forward.
Actress and women's rights campaigner Emma Watson said she was 'awestruck' by the women who have come forward.
Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the world's most successful actors who collaborated with Weinstein on hit films like The Aviator and Django Unchained posted a message on Facebook:
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who wrote the Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting in 1997 with Weinstein's backing also issued statements on Tuesday. Damon denied he had ever witnessed Weinstein harass women.
Damon told Deadline: 'I did five or six movies with Harvey. I never saw this. I think a lot of actors have come out and said, everybody's saying we all knew. That's not true. This type of predation happens behind closed doors, and out of public view. If there was ever an event that I was at and Harvey was doing this kind of thing and I didn't see it, then I am so deeply sorry, because I would have stopped it. And I will peel my eyes back now, father than I ever have, to look for this type of behaviour. Because we know that it happens. I feel horrible for these women and it's wonderful they have this incredible courage and are standing up now.'
Affleck tweeted a statement, saying the allegations of assault, which emerged on Tuesday – which Weinstein denies - made him sick.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence, who worked with Weinstein for her Oscar-winning role in Silver Linings Playbook, told Variety on Monday: 'I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein's behaviour. 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 the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.'
Dame Judi Dench, who worked with Weinstein on a number of projects including Shakespeare in Love, told CNN: '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 offences which are, of course, horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out.'
This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.
Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain claimed on Twitter that she was once warned about Weinstein's alleged behaviour:
Oscar-winner Kate Winslet was another actress who told Variety she was 'deeply shocked' to hear of the allegations.
'I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumours, maybe we have all been naive. And it makes me so angry. There must be no tolerance of this degrading, vile treatment of women in ANY workplace anywhere in the world.'
Mark Ruffalo also denounced the film producer on Twitter:
'The disgraceful ness 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 [...] The behaviour is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.'
There must be no tolerance of this degrading, vile treatment of women in ANY workplace
'It's indefensible [...] Harvey's admitted to it and it's indefensible. I've known Harvey for 20 years [...] 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 behaviour ever.'
Brie Larson also commented on Twitter: 'As always, I stand with the brave survivors of sexual assault and harassment. It's not your fault.'
Mindy Kaling encouraged more actors to speak out against the producer:
The Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore also thanked the women who had come forward, including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, on Twitter:
As did another Oscar winner, Patricia Arquette:
While Lena Dunham publicly supported the women who have spoken out:
Emmy Rossum also criticised Weinstein's initial statement where his lawyer referred to him as an 'old dinosaur learning new ways'.
Barack and Michelle Obama also issued a statement condemning Weinstein. The film mogul was a regular donor to and fundraiser for the Democrat party and Obama's re-election campaign. The Obama's daughter Malia also reportedly interned at the Weinstein company earlier this year.
"Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," the statement to CNN said. "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories. And we need to build a culture including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect – so we can make such behaviour less prevalent."
Weinstein also supported and donated to Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful presidential campaign last year. In a statement, she said she was "shocked and appalled" by the allegations.
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