Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney, Brie Larson, and Judd Apatow are some of the Hollywood stars speaking out in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations made against film mogul Harvey Weinstein. As new information continues to surface about the 65-year-old producer, more celebrities are continuing to share their thoughts and concerns.
Weinstein released a statement to apologize for his past behavior and announce his plans to "take a leave of absence" and seek help from therapists.
But he has disputed a New York Times report that claimed he harassed female employees over nearly three decades. He has also previously denied many of the claims and has not been charged with any crimes.
The newspaper has alleged that he has reached at least eight settlements with women.
As always, I stand with the brave survivors of sexual assault and harassment. It's not your fault. I believe you.October 5, 2017
Anyone who does business with __ is complicit. And deep down you know you are even dirtier. Cleanse yourselves.October 5, 2017
Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies. #bebraveOctober 5, 2017
The 70's were 37 years ago. You are blaming growing up in the 70's? You haven't picked up anything since then? https://t.co/7jyVGdphg3October 6, 2017
Heed the mantra and never forget: Women. Have. Nothing. To. Gain. And. Everything. To Lose. By. Coming. forward. https://t.co/ynKX1bcBkKOctober 5, 2017
Meanwhile, Weinstein's lawyer Lisa Bloom added that the producer "denies many of the accusations as patently false."
Jennifer Lawrence, who worked with Weinstein while filming the 2012 drama Silver Linings Playbook, revealed in a statement (opens in new tab),"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 the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward."
George Clooney recounts (opens in new tab) the allegations as "disturbing on a whole lot of levels." Meanwhile, actress Jessica Chastain was warned about Weinstein's behavior.
I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an enviornment for it to happen again.October 9, 2017
Weinstein's full statement issued to the New York Times (opens in new tab) read: "I came of age in the '60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then."
"I have since learned it's not an excuse, in the office—or out of it. To anyone. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed."
"I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it."
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.October 8, 2017
Why is it helpful men speak up? Bc that's what this personality fears most: the disintegration of the tacit male support for this behavior.October 10, 2017
1. Coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be gained personally by doing so.October 9, 2017
2. But through their bravery we move forward as a culture, and I thank them. Stand with @AshleyJudd @rosemcgowan and others.October 9, 2017
Naomi Gordon is news writer mainly covering entertainment news with a focus on celebrity interviews and television.
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