Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, other stars blast Harvey Weinstein over sexual harassment allegations
In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein participates in the "War and Peace" panel at the A&E 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. . (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s longtime collaborators Dame Judi Dench and Julianne Moore have broken their silence over his alleged sexual misconduct.
The two actresses were criticized early on Monday for failing to comment on accusations of inappropriate sexual behaviour by the Weinstein Company boss following a New York Times expose published on Thursday.
Moore even refused to comment on the scandal at the premiere of her new film Wonderstruck at New York’s Lincoln Center on Sunday, hours after Weinstein was terminated from his own company.
But now she’s speaking out via Twitter, retweeting Mark Ruffalo’s comments and adding her own.
The Avengers star wrote: “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.”
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.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 8, 2017
And Moore added: “1. Coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be gained personally by doing so. 2. But through their bravery we move forward as a culture, and I thank them. Stand with @AshleyJudd @rosemcgowan and others.”
1. Coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be gained personally by doing so.— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) October 9, 2017
Judd spoke out as part of the New York Times expose, recalling a breakfast meeting with Weinstein in his hotel suite when he allegedly asked her to massage him and watch him take a shower, and sources claim McGowan is among the women who received a payout from the movie mogul after she complained about his behaviour.
Dame Judi Dench joined another longtime Weinstein collaborator Meryl Streep in releasing a statement on Monday.
The 82-year-old called the allegations against the Hollywood executive “horrifying.”
“Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out,” the actress said.
Dench has often credited Weinstein for her Hollywood break and won an Academy Award for her performance in his former company Miramax’s movie Shakespeare in Love. They most recently teamed up for 2016’s Tulip Fever.
STREEP CALLS BEHAVIOUR 'INEXCUSABLE'
Meanwhile, Streep, who once described Weinstein as "God" and worked with the film mogul on award-winning movies such as August: Osage County and The Iron Lady, spoke publicly about the scandal for the first time on Monday, releasing a statement to The Huffington Post.
“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” she stated. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”
In addition, Streep stressed that Weinstein had never been inappropriate with her during their working relationship and denied any knowledge of his alleged offences.
“One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew,” the 68-year-old said. “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.
“The behaviour 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.”
On Sunday, Weinstein was removed from his film studio in the wake of the allegations.
Weinstein has responded to the allegations, revealing he is working with a therapist to address his issues head-on.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” he said in a statement. “Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”
OTHERS STARS SPEAK OUT
Twin Peaks star Sherilyn Fenn tweeted on Monday: “Not to be negative but I am SO happy that Harvey Weinstein has been found out... karma-bitch.....Do not hurt people.”
Not to be negative but I am SO happy that Harvey Weinstein has been found out......karma-bitch.....Do not hurt people âœï¸— sherilynfenn (@sherilynfenn1) October 9, 2017
And actor/filmmaker Rogen has saluted the women who came forward to accuse the movie mogul of inappropriate behaviour.
“I believe all the women coming forward about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment. It takes bravery to do so,” he wrote.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has also taken aim at Weinstein, stating he’s glad the movie executive has been fired from The Weinstein Company: “If even 1/10th of the stories about Harvey Weinstein are true (and I believe they are), then good f---ing riddance. That s---’s gotta stop... And f--- you to anyone who knew about it and let him get away with it. The enabling also needs to end.”
Lena Dunham, who lashed out at Weinstein on Friday after he took a leave of absence from The Weinstein Company (TWC) and apologized for his past behaviour, echoed Gunn’s sentiments, adding: “Easy to think Weinstein company took swift action but this has actually been the slowest action because they always always knew.”
Easy to think Weinstein company took swift action but this has actually been the slowest action because they always always knew— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 9, 2017
And her frequent collaborator Judd Apatow has also spoken his mind, adding: “What Harvey Weinstein did was abhorrent. He admits he did it. Why should anyone be silent in their disgust and support for his victims?”
What Harvey Weinstein did was abhorrent. He admits he did it. Why should anyone be silent in their disgust and support for his victims? https://t.co/fh9TKUp0mA— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 8, 2017