Sexual harassment has been swept under the rug and glossed over in every single industry—and (as you can probably tell by #metoo (opens in new tab)) there's hardly anyone who hasn't had to deal with it. Including human rights attorney Amal Clooney. While speaking to ET (opens in new tab), Amal's husband George Clooney talked about systemic harassment and assault in the wake of Harvey Weinstein (opens in new tab), saying that his wife has experienced similar situations to some of the executive's accusers.
“She's faced those exact kinds of situations in law,” he said. “It’s everywhere and so it needs to be addressed as if it’s a problem for all of us. And we have to take it on full force ‘cause the kind of assault that we're talking about now is—it’s so infuriating that this was allowed to go on as long as it did."
Clooney also called for those who knew about (and helped) Harvey's behavior to take responsibility:
"I will say that somebody knew and if there was a reporter that sat on a story for years and didn't write it, I want to know why because I would have liked to know to these stories. And if there was a newspaper of a website that had this information that investigated it, I'd like to see how much ad money they got from Miramax or from the Weinstein Company."
He continued, "I want to know who took women up to a hotel room and then left them there for Harvey. I want to know who did that. Harvey's gonna get his and deserves it. But there's other people involved in this and the whole culture of this is gonna have to stop."
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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