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Here Are All The Power Players Speaking Out in the Harvey Weinstein Scandal (UPDATED)
Rose McGowan, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and more celebrities react to the sexual misconduct allegations.
UPDATE (Oct. 12, 2017, 4:50 p.m.): Colin Farrell told the Press Association that the allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein are "atrocious." The Daily Mail reports that at the BFI London Film Festival, Farrell said, "I'm just watching it unfold and then tearing myself away from it and [realizing] the horribleness of it all and the wrongdoing, fundamentally, around the whole thing and just wish healing for everyone and that changes are made."
Ryan Gosling has joined the growing list of celebrities who are lending their support to women speaking out about their experiences with Weinstein. Gosling tweeted, "Like most people in Hollywood, I have worked with him and I'm deeply disappointed in myself for being so oblivious to these devastasting experiences of sexual harassment and assault. He is emblematic of a systemic problem. Men should stand with women and work together until there is real accountability and change."
In the wake of the allegations against him, Weinstein has flown to Arizona to enter an inpatient rehab facility that treats behavioral issues, including sex addiction. On Wednesday (Oct. 11), he was caught by TMZ outside his 22-year-old daughter Remy's house. Earlier in the day, the police reportedly responded to the home and Remy said that her father was "suicidal and depressed." Weinstein told TMZ, "I’m not doing okay, but I’m trying. I gotta get help ... We all make mistakes. Second chance, I hope.”
Actress Rose McGowan reported that her Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours following a tweet in which she alleged that Ben Affleck knew about Weinstein's sexual misconduct.
Following Affleck's statement that he is "angry" to hear about the Weinstein allegations, the actress, who reportedly reached a settlement with the former studio exec following an incident in a hotel room in 1997, tweeted, "@benaffleck [']GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT['] you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie."
McGowan took to Instagram to speak out on her Twitter suspension: “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE."
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the actress's account was unlocked at 7:20 a.m. this morning.
Affleck apologized yesterday (Oct. 11) for groping actress Hilarie Burton during an on-camera appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" years ago. The video resurfaced after Affleck spoke out about the Weinstein allegations. Affleck tweeted, "I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize."
Anthony Bourdain also took to Twitter to defend his girlfriend Asia Argento, who spoke out about her own sexual assault experience with Weinstein, and called him a "pimp" and a "predator." Bourdain then directed his attention to Hillary Clinton, who appeared on Fareed Zakaria's CNN show to say that she was "shocked" and "appalled" to see this "different side" of Weinstein, who had been a contributor to her political campaigns. Bourdain tweeted that her response was "shameful in its deflection and disingenuousness," and said, "[K}now what Hillary Clinton is NOT? She's not stupid. Or unsophisticated about the world. The Weinstein stories had been out there for years."
"Secretary Clinton was one of the most intelligent, well prepared, well briefed politicians ever. So, yes. I'd hoped for a better response," he tweeted.
Clinton pledged to donate the money received from Weinstein to charity.
Kate Beckinsale came forward Thursday to report her own experience with Weinstein. She released a statement on Instagram: “I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common. When I arrived, reception told me to go to his room . He opened the door in his bathrobe,” she wrote. “I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older ,unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him. After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left ,uneasy but unscathed. [A] few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting .I realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not ."
The actress claimed that Weinstein called her names over the years and that her rejection of his advances "undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family."
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Some of the most famous actresses in Hollywood are among the growing list of women who have begun to come out with decades-worth of accounts of alleged instances of sexual misconduct, including forced sex, by powerful studio executive and film producer Harvey Weinstein. Read the statements of women who have spoken up, as well as men who have worked with Weinstein, and even Weinstein himself.
Ben Affleck is among the powerful Hollywood men who have worked with Weinstein but do not stand by his behavior in the wake of the allegations.
Actress Asia Argento alleges that she was assaulted by Weinstein when she was 21 years old, according to The New Yorker writer Ronan Farrow (son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen): "Asia Argento, an actress born in Rome, played the role of a glamorous thief named Beatrice in the crime drama B. Monkey, which was released in the U.S. in 1999. The distributor was Miramax. In a series of long and often emotional interviews, Argento told me that Weinstein assaulted her while they worked together."
Her current beau Anthony Bourdain Tweeted a fierce defense of her decision to speak up, indirectly referring to Weinstein as a "pimp" and "predator."
In a powerful exposé published by The New York Times, Rosanna Arquette detailed what she thought was to be a hotel meeting with Weinstein about a potential role, which turned out to be a forced sexual encounter. “I’m not that girl,” she said she told him. “I will never be that girl.” She didn't get the part.
Weinstein's wife of 10 years (and mother of daughter India Pearl and son Dashiell Max Robert), a designer for Marchesa, has announced that she is leaving him.
"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time," Chapman said in a statement to PEOPLE.
Weinstein issued a statement published by TMZ in response to Chapman that reads, "Over the last week, there has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for. I sat down with my wife Georgina, who I love more than anything, and we discussed what was best for our family. We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart. In the end, she made the decision to separate ... I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again. I support her decision, I am in counseling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild.”
“It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with," George Clooney said in an extensive interview with 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.”
Major stars who have worked with Weinstein aren't sitting idly by without commenting on the allegations now. "I'm sitting here, deeply upset, acknowledging to myself that, yes, for many years, I have been aware of the vague rumors that Harvey Weinstein had a pattern of behaving inappropriately around women," Glenn Close said in a statement to The New York Times. "Harvey has always been decent to me, but now that the rumors are being substantiated, I feel angry and darkly sad. I'm angry, not just at him and the conspiracy of silence around his actions, but also at the 'casting couch' phenomenon, so to speak, is still a reality in our business and in the world: the horrible pressure, the awful expectation put on a woman when a powerful, egotistical, entitled bully expects sexual favors in exchange for a job. Ours is an industry in which very few actors are indispensable and women are cast in far fewer roles than men, so the stakes are are higher for women and make them more vulnerable to the manipulations of a predator. I applaud the monumental courage of the women who have spoken up. I hope that their stories and the reportage that gave them their voices represents a tipping point, that more stories will be told and that change will follow.
"The changes must be both institutional and personal. Men and women, in positions of power, must create a work environment in which people, whose jobs depend on them, feel safe to report threatening and inappropriate behavior, like that reported in the Times. No one should be coerced into trading personal dignity for professional success. I feel the time is long and tragically overdue for all of us in the industry, women and men, to unite — calmly and dispassionately — and create a new culture of respect, equality and empowerment, where bullies and their enablers are no longer allowed to prosper."
Matt Damon sat for an interview with Deadline in which he said he felt "absolutely sick to my stomach" over the allegations. “We know this stuff goes on in the world,” he said. "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 door, 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, [farther] than I ever have, to look for this type of behavior. 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.”
In a series of Instagram posts, Cara Delevingne has shared a "terrifying" experience rejecting Weinstein's advances, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"I want women and girls to know that being harassed or abused or raped is NEVER their fault and not talking about it will always cause more damage than speaking the truth," she said in one post. "I am relieved to be able to share this... 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. As I said, this is only the beginning. In every industry and especially in Hollywood, men abuse their power using fear and get away with it. This must stop. The more we talk about it, the less power we give them. I urge you all to talk and to the people who defend these men, you are part of the problem."
Weinstein implied that Heather Graham needed to have sex with him to get a role, she told Variety in a full-length article. She said in part: "My hope is that this moment starts a dialogue on redefining sexual harassment in the workplace and empowers women to speak out when they feel uncomfortable in a situation. I hope that dialogue covers the gray areas where we ask ourselves, 'Did what I think happen just happen?' and that we are no longer shamed into feeling that we should grow a thicker skin, or that our story 'isn’t good enough to count.' I’m glad the victims are being heard, that powerful voices in the industry are speaking up to say this kind of behavior isn’t acceptable anymore, and that a predator is finally facing the consequences — it means the world is starting to change for the better. While I still do feel guilty for not speaking up all those years ago, I’m glad for this moment of reckoning. To the countless other women who have experienced the gray areas: I believe you."
“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,” Angelina Jolie said in an email to The New York Times. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."
Ashley Judd allegedly went to a hotel suite meeting with Weinstein, and found him in a robe, asking to be massaged or for her to watch him while he took a shower. “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” she revealed to The New York Times. “It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”
According to The New York Times, Rose McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement in a case against Weinstein relating to an "episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival" when she was 23, in 1997. She has made "blind item" style statements about what may have happened during the incident.
The Hamilton creator didn't mince words in an eloquent Tweet.
When Weinstein started working with Gwyneth Paltrow when she was 22 for the Jane Austen movie Emma, she told The New York Times that he called her into a hotel suite for a meeting and tried to lead her into the bedroom for massages. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she recalled. She said she told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who went directly to Weinstein, and Weinstein told her to keep quiet about it. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she said.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills model mom Lisa Rinna wrote a pair of powerful tweets that appear to comment on the Weinstein scandal, before she addressed it head on: "Fear. The fact that no one stopped Harvey Weinstein for what 30 years. Why? Power. Sick f---."
Filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith owes the start of his career to working with Weinstein at Miramax, but he's now spoken out against what he's learned about his former mentor.
“There may have been other factors, but I definitely felt iced out and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it," Mira Sorvino told The New Yorker about how she thinks turning down the alleged forceful sexual advances that made her feel "intimidated and afraid" affected her career.
"The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported," Meryl Streep said in a statement to The New York Times. "The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.
One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. And if everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it. The behavior 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."]
Kate Winslet praised the women who are speaking up. She sent a statement to Variety that says in full, “The fact that these women are starting to speak out about the gross misconduct of one of our most important and well regarded film producers, is incredibly brave and has been deeply shocking to hear. The way Harvey Weinstein has treated these vulnerable, talented young women is NOT the way women should ever EVER deem to be acceptable or commonplace in ANY workplace.
“I have no doubt that for these women this time has been, and continues to be extremely traumatic. I fully embrace and salute their profound courage, and I unequivocally support this level of very necessary exposure of someone who has behaved in reprehensible and disgusting ways. His behaviour is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong. I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumours, maybe we have all been naïve. 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.”
The actor shared that he's "heard rumours over the years but this is awful. Bye Bully!"
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein," a rep told New York Times. "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.” After the publication of the New York Timesarticle, Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company and he issued a public apology: "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.
Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment. My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons. Over the last year, I’ve asked Lisa Bloom to tutor me, and she’s put together a team of people. I’ve brought on therapists, and I plan to take a leave of absence from my company and to deal with this issue head on. I so respect all women, and regret what happened. I hope that my actions will speak louder than words and that one day we will all be able to earn their trust and sit down together with Lisa to learn more. Jay Z wrote in 4:44 “I’m not the man I thought I was, and I better be that man for my children.” The same is true for me. I want a second chance in the community, but I know I’ve got work to do to earn it. I have goals that are now priorities. Trust me, this isn’t an overnight process. I’ve been trying to do this for 10 years, and this is a wake-up call. I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt, and I plan to do right by all of them.
I am going to need a place to channel that anger, so I’ve decided that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention. I hope Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party. I’m going to do it at the same I had my Bar Mitzvah. I’m making a movie about our President, perhaps we can make it a joint retirement party. One year ago, I began organizing a $5 million foundation to give scholarships to women directors at USC. While this might seem coincidental, it has been in the works for a year. It will be named after my mom, and I won’t disappoint her."