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.
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,"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 the allegations as "disturbing on a whole lot of levels." Meanwhile, actress Jessica Chastain was warned about Weinstein's behavior.
Weinstein's full statement issued to the New York Times 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."