Five days after The New York Times published a report detailing decades of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, more and more celebrities are beginning to speak out against the Hollywood producer.
In addition to the celebrities who immediately condemned Weinstein last week like Lena Dunham, Brie Larson, and Amber Tamblyn, more issued statements on Monday and Tuesday. One of the latest to chime is in Jennifer Lawrence, who worked with Weinstein on the 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress.
“I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior,” Lawrence told The Daily Beast. “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 of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”
George Clooney has also reacted to the news about Weinstein; Clooney has worked with Weinstein on a variety of films including From Dusk till Dawn.
“It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with,” Clooney told 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.”
Lin Manuel-Miranda released a statement on Twitter, apologizing for not responding earlier and saying that he was focused on the situation in Puerto Rico.
“I’m as appalled and repulsed by the Weinstein news as anyone with a beating heart,” Manuel-Miranda said. “And forever in awe of the bravery of those who spoke out.”
Late on Monday, Christian Slater put out a statement about Weinstein on Twitter, in which he praised the women who came forward and the journalists who reported the story.
“No woman should fear for her safety in the workplace,” Slater said. “No man should feel immune from the consequences of his actions. Accountability is essential to destroy the dangerous and persistent idea that some people are above the law.”
Kate Winslet, who has worked with Weinstein on multiple movies including The Reader, told Variety that she had hoped that these stories were just rumors but that it’s now clear that this is not the case.
“His behaviour is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong,” Winslet said. “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.”
Speaking to Newsweek, Judi Dench, who just recently starred in The Weinstein Company’s Tulip Fever, said that she did not know about his behavior while working with him.
“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 offenses which are, of course, horrifying, and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out,” she said.
Kevin Smith, who worked with Weinstein on his very first film, Clerks, said that he’s ashamed that he benefited from a man who hurt so many people.
He financed the first 14 years of my career – and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed. https://t.co/T0hInW7EqJ
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 9, 2017
Finally, Meryl Streep, who worked with Weinstein on films like August: Osage County, said that his behavior is disgraceful and that she did not know about it.
“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 said. “The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”
There are still some actors who have yet to say anything about Weinstein despite being called on to respond. On Monday night, for instance, The Guardian reporter Melissa Silverstein listed 26 celebrities who she reached out to for comment but who did not respond. Two of those celebrities, George Clooney and Lin-Manuel Miranda, have since issued statements, but the others have not.
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) October 10, 2017
The celebrities that it will be most interesting to hear from are Matt Damon and Russel Crowe, who allegedly helped kill a 2004 story about Harvey Weinstein’s abusive behavior, and Quentin Tarantino, who has worked with Harvey Weinstein on every one of his films going back to Reservoir Dogs in 1992.