- Fiza Pirani The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of multiple sexual assault and harassment accusations dating back to the 1980s, according to groundbreaking investigations from the New York Times, the New Yorker and other outlets.
Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Lupita, Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie, Lena Headey, Lisa Rose, Kate Beckinsale are among the many women who have come forward about personal incidents.
There are more than 50 accusations against the producer so far.
Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said last week, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.”
New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman announced the Weinstein Company is facing a civil rights inquiry into the allegations and other civil rights violations.
Here’s a running list of some of Hollywood’s biggest male stars and media moguls on Harvey Weinstein:
“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved," Allen told BBC. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up. There's no winners in that, it's just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.”
In his initial statement, Allen also warned against a “witch hunt atmosphere.”
“You also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either,” he said.
After Allen was criticized for his initial comments, he expanded on his statements to Variety:
“When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man. I was surprised it was treated differently. Lest there be any ambiguity, this statement clarifies my intention and feelings,” he said.
“Talk about facing your fear, he’s gotta face his demons now,” Bridges told Variety. “I wish him the best of luck with that, he needs to lean in and really face those things.”
“It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with,” Clooney told the Daily Beast. “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.”
“Maybe Cosby was the watershed moment. I think Roger Ailes was also a watershed moment, because it concerned an establishment figure up to some very shady stuff. But this isn’t a right or a left issue; this is a moral issue. We’re all going to have to be more diligent about it and look for any warning signs. Before, people weren’t paying enough attention to it. Now we have to. This is the moment to start scaring people like this into not acting this way anymore,” he said.
Coogler’s first feature film, “Fruitvale Station,” was produced by Weinstein.
“Look, even before I was famous, I didn’t abide this kind of behavior. But now, as the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night,” Damon said in an interview with Deadline. “This is the great fear for all of us . . . 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.”
“These women are enormously brave for coming out and I know this is the hardest thing in the world to come out like this, and it’s great. But they can’t do it alone. They need men speaking out,” Feig told Huffington Post.
“What I want to say very loudly is that this is one monster that was found. It’s not like we found the one guy; this is happening everywhere. It gets my blood boiling because this is against everything we’re trying to do. This is really, really wrong, so it’s good that somebody gets called out like this. A lot of powerful people need to get called out, and men have to speak out when this kind of thing happens.”
Feig is the famed director behind “Bridesmaids” and “Freaks and Geeks.”
“It’s with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting from Harvey Weinstein’s support,” Firth told the Guardian. “He was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to. It must have been terrifying for these women to step up and call him out. And horrifying to be subjected to that kind of harassment. I applaud their courage. By coming forward they’ve provided a jolting wake up throughout our industry. I hope it’s going to be a help to others, both in our own industry and elsewhere.”
In a long, detailed Facebook post titled “On Sexual Predators in Hollywood (and the World),” director James Gunn penned his thoughts.
“Sexual predation is rife in Hollywood. But it’s also rife EVERYWHERE. As evinced by the stories I heard Friday night, some men – probably a much larger percentage than any of us want to be true – try to coerce women (or children or other men) sexually, and they will try and do so when they get any small amount of power. They are movie stars and network heads and world famous bloggers – but they are also fast food restaurant managers and used car salesmen and, as I learned as a child (and tried to speak out and was shut down), priests,” he wrote.
Warning: the full Facebook post has some profanity.
“I think we are at a watershed moment," Tom Hanks told the BBC News. “I think his last name will become a noun and a verb, become an identifying moniker for a state of being, which there is a before and after.”
Hanks also commented on Weinstein and the allegations in a New York Times interview with writer Maureen Down.
“I’ve never worked with Harvey,” Hanks said. “But, aah, it all 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 added.
“Harvey Weinstein’s reported behavior is abhorrent and unacceptable, and it has no place in our society," Iger said in a statement to Hollywood Reporter.
"There appear to be two Harvey Weinsteins...one that I have known well, appreciated and admired and another that I have not known at all,” Katzenberg wrote in an email to Weinstein’s plea for support after the New York Times investigations were revealed. He shared the email with Hollywood Reporter.
“You have done terrible things to a number of women over a period of years. I cannot in any way say this is OK with me. It’s not at all, and I am sickened by it, angry with you and incredibly disappointed in you.”
“I don’t think anyone is particularly surprised with that,” the “Will and Grace” star told Variety. “It reminds us that the abuse of women is systematic.”
“I'm a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial. I believe a man shouldn't be condemned by a vigilante system. It's not easy what he's going through, either,” Stone said to a group of reporters Friday. “He was a rival and I never did business with him. I’ve heard horror stories on everyone in the business. So, I’m not going to comment on that. I’ll wait and see, which is the right thing to do.”
The media mogul later clarified his controversial comments and wrote he was “appalled” after reading more women came out to support the original New York Times investigation.
“It’s important anywhere, any job place no woman should feel objectified, no woman should feel sexualized. It's 2017 and we need to get over that,” Teller told Hollywood Reporter. “It's not cool.”
“I knew enough to do more than I did,” he said in an interview with New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor.
According to Variety, the “This Is Us” star said, “Men have a great responsibility in general. We need to show compassion, strength, understanding, and communication.”View full experience