Harvey Weinstein’s Sexual Harassment Reactions from Meryl Streep, George Clooney, & Kate Winslet

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Kate Winslet:

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 film producer 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.

Harvey Weinstein's behavior is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong. I had hoped that these kinds of stories were just made up rumors; maybe we have all been naive. 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.

George Clooney:

The part we’re hearing now about eight women being paid off, I didn’t hear anything about that and I don’t know anyone that did. That’s a whole other level and there’s no way you can reconcile that. There’s nothing to say except that it’s indefensible.

I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for twenty years. We’ve had dinners, we’ve been on location together, and we’ve had arguments. But I can tell you that I’ve never seen any of this behavior — ever.

Maybe that’s what good will come out of this: that not just in Hollywood, although Hollywood is now the focus, but in all of these cases the victims will feel that they will be listened to and that they don’t need to be afraid.

Meryl Streep:

The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.

One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew.

Harvey Weinstein 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 otherinappropriate, 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.

Jessica Chastain:

I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again.

I don’t think anyone is particularly surprised with that. It reminds us that the abuse of women is systematic. It’s a very real thing that women have had to endure in this business for a long time. It’s good that it’s out from under the rug. – Reuters.

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