Every Celebrity Statement Against Harvey Weinstein In The Wake Of His Numerous Sexual Harassment & Assault Allegations
Ever since The New York Times released its Oct. 5 exposé on Harvey Weinstein detailing decades of allegations of sexual assault and harassment and reported settlements involving different women, not only have there been even more similar allegations unveiled, but celebrities have begun speaking out against Weinstein in increasing numbers. Based on many of the following responses, it's clear that many major players in Hollywood refuse to remain silent and are choosing to support Weinstein's accusers.
Weinstein's lawyer, Charles Harder, told The Hollywood Reporter on Oct. 5, his client would be suing the outlet. "The New York Times published today a story that is saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein," Harder wrote. "It relies on mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file, which has been debunked by nine different eyewitnesses. We sent the Times the facts and evidence, but they ignored it and rushed to publish. We are preparing the lawsuit now. All proceeds will be donated to women’s organizations."
Weinstein also provided a written statement to the Times, partly reading: "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed." After the publication of the Times story, Weinstein was fired by The Weinstein Company and there were four other resignations from his all-male board.
On Tuesday, Ronan Farrow published a piece for The New Yorker, which included interviews from 13 different women (actors Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette included), in which three women, including actor Asia Argento, alleged Weinstein had raped them. Weinstein's spokesperson, Sallie Hofmeister, told The New Yorker, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein." The rest of the statement reads:
In an interview published by the Times Tuesday, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and other women also made allegations against Weinstein. Regarding their claims, Weinstein's spokesperson told the Times:
With that, here is how celebrities are reacting to all of the disturbing allegations.
In response to The Wrap's Sharon Waxman's claims that Matt Damon and Russell Crowe called her to vouch for Fabrizio Lombardo, who she was investigating for a story about Weinstein for The New York Times in 2004, Damon claimed he didn't know what the point of the story was and said: "For the record, I would never, ever, ever try to kill a story like that. I just wouldn’t do that. It’s not something I would do, for anybody." He said that he did have a short phone call with Waxman about Lombardo.
He also commented on the recent allegatations against Weinstein. Part of his response reads:
Nicole Kidman's publicist told The Huffington Post in a statement Tuesday: "As I’ve stated before publicly, I support and applaud all women and these women who speak out against any abuse and misuse of power ― be it domestic violence or sexual harassment in the workforce. We need to eradicate this behavior."
In her interview with the Times, Jolie said in an email about Weinstein: "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. This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."
In her interview with The New Yorker, Rosanna Arquette claims she was once asked to go to Weinstein’s Beverly Hills Hotel room in the early ‘90s, where he allegedly was wearing only a bathrobe and asked for a massage. After she reportedly recommended a masseuse, Rosanna claimed, “Then he grabbed my hand,” and he allegedly put it on his neck. She claimed after she yanked her hand away he pulled it towards his genitals. She said, “My heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight moment.” She allegedly told Weinstein, “I will never do that,” and left the room.
Patricia Arquette praised her sister, Rosanna, and everyone else who has spoken out.
Like Arquette, Mira Sorvino also alleged to The New Yorker that Weinstein sexually harassed her and tried to pressure her into a physical relationship when they were working together. After claiming she rejected him several times, Sorvino said she felt it affected her career. “There may have been other factors, but I definitely felt iced out and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it,” she claimed.
In the same Times piece as Jolie, Paltrow alleged she was asked to Weinstein's suit at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a meeting before the filming of Emma commenced in the late '90s. Paltrow claims Weinstein placed his hands on her and suggested they head to the bedroom for massages. "I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified," Paltrow said. According to her, she refused Weinstein, told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt of what occurred, who allegedly confronted Weinstein. "I thought he was going to fire me," Paltrow added.
"It’s indefensible," George Clooney told The Daily Beast. "That’s the only word you can start with. 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."
Meryl Streep gave a lengthy 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," a portion of it read. "The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes."
Jessica Chastain has spoken out repeatedly on Twitter regarding the allegations made against Weinstein, including the above tweet.
Not only has Lena Dunham tweeted about Weinstein, but she also wrote an op-ed for The New York Times detailing what Hollywood needs to do next, especially the men in Hollywood. She wrote, "The reason I am zeroing in on the men is that they have the least to lose and the most power to shift the narrative, and are probably not dealing with the same level of collective and personal trauma around these allegations."
Like Dunham, Mindy Kaling also believes men speaking up will do more good than harm.
Ben Affleck worked with Weinstein multiple times, including when he gave Affleck his start in Good Will Hunting, and says he is "saddened and angry" about the entire situation.
Julianne Moore stands with Weinstein's accusers.
The Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights star, like many other women, made allegations against Weinstein. "Like every other woman in the industry, I’ve had an 'audition' with Harvey Weinstein, where I’d actually already had the audition but you had to be personally approved by him," she claimed to The Guardian. "So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy, and he answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it, it has stayed very clearly in my memory."
In The New York Times exposé, Ashley Judd recounted a time in 1997, while she was busy filming Kiss the Girls, when Weinstein allegedly invited her to meet him at a hotel for breakfast. In a meeting she thought was to discuss her career, Judd claims Weinstein "appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower." At the time, she said she was thinking, "How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?"
Amber Tamblyn has been extremely outspoken on social media about Weinstein and it looks like she isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
Olivia Munn stands with everyone who has ever been sexually harassed or assaulted.
Brie Larson believes Weinstein’s accusers.
Constance Wu refuses to stay silent.
America Ferrera is calling it like she sees it.
In a statement given to The Cut, Andy Serkis said about Weinstein:
Claire Foy also gave a statement to The Cut and said:
Like Foy, his Breathe co-star, Andrew Garfield reacted with a statement to The Cut:
Here’s a portion of what Stephen Colbert said on The Late Show on Monday: "This is monstrous behavior that in a just world would not have been allowed to go on for decades. It is indefensible. Weinstein immediately defended it..."
Charlize Theron, who’s worked with Weinstein before, gave a statement to BuzzFeed:
As stated in the comments above, while Weinstein did issue an apology for some past behavior, he and his representatives are still denying many of the allegations.
Kevin Smith noted his personal connection to Weinstein.
In a Tuesday interview with TMZ, Judge Judy gave her honest opinion about Weinstein. “If half of what has been reported is accurate, then, I think, you can’t ask for support from people you’ve worked with over the years — just out of loyalty,” she said before adding, “I think you have to be able to say, ‘You know what? Somebody who has talent is not entitled to be a misogynist, is not entitled to cause emotional or physical pain.’” She also said, “If you’ve been given a pass for a long time, then there is payback. And sometimes payback is nasty.”
Sophia Bush wants the perpetuation of rape culture to stop.
Director Paul Feig also told The Huffington Post Tuesday, “These women are enormously brave for coming out and I know this is the hardest thing in the world to come out like this, and it’s great. But they can’t do it alone. They need men speaking out.” He also said, “This is so despicable because Harvey is a gatekeeper. Harassment is never excusable, but this makes it doubly horrible because he’s someone in power holding that power over people who want something from him and whom he can retaliate against if they go against his wishes.”
Seth Rogen is speaking loud and clear.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn wrote a lengthy response on Facebook titled “On Sexual Predators in Hollywood (and the World).” Part of it reads:
Josh Gad is ready for everyone to learn from this situation.
Emmy Rossum isn’t here for excuses.
Michael Keaton is voicing exactly how he feels.
The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor is thankful to those stepping forward.
Olivia Wilde isn’t backing down.
Anthony Bourdain spoke out about the allegations in numerous tweets and supported Argento, his girlfriend.
According to Variety, McCormack spoke of the Weinstein allegations during a brunch in Beverly Hills on Sunday benefiting the Rape Foundation. When asked about the scandal, the Will & Grace star said,
The Gilmore Girls alum was at the same brunch as McCormack, according to Us Weekly. Ventimiglia addressed the Weinstein situation by calling on his fellow men to stand up for others. He said,
According to Us Weekly, Ventimiglia added, "Let's represent ourselves as good leaders and represent ourselves as good men. I think good men kind of need to come back."
The singer-turned-actor addressed the situation on more than one occasion. In addition to the tweet above, Moore discussed the Weinstein allegations during a recent radio appearance on EW Morning Live, according to Just Jared. She said,
In an exclusive statement to Variety, Driver responded to the accusations against Weinstein on Tuesday. She told the publication,
She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Good Will Hunting, which is one of many movies that was backed by Weinstein.
Dubbed the "voice of the Harvey Weinstein resistance" by Newsweek, McGowan has been vocal on Twitter, calling for the board of The Weinstein Company to be dissolved and more men in Hollywood to speak out. She wrote, "Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies.
Though she declined to comment to the New York Times, she's mentioned in their initial report; McGowan reportedly received a settlement following an alleged incident with Weinstein back in the '90s, according to the Times. (They noted that the settlement was “not to be construed as an admission” from Weinstein, but intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace,” per a legal document.)
The actor, who's been associated with Weinstein in the past, wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter. Mol condemned Weinstein's alleged actions, and clarified she never received a settlement from the producer nor exchanged any "sexual favors." She wrote,
Sarandon showed she had Judd's back, as well as supporting all the other women who came forward.
The actor made his views crystal clear, while looking ahead to the future.
The Mr. Robot actor joins the many in Hollywood who have the women's backs. He also acknowledges male privilege in the process.
The Hamilton creator's reaction echoes that of many fellow celebrities: disgust at the alleged actions and support for the accusers.
Kazan, who starred in the summer hit The Big Sick, posed valuable questions on Twitter. Reflecting on sexual harassment as a whole, she added, "I hope holding him accountable brings about change. But that only happens if we don't act like he's the exception, when he's an exemplar."
Similarly, Kazan's Big Sick costar reflected on what this can mean going forward. Nanjiani wrote a series of tweets about Weinstein, including, "Stores [sic] like Weinstein are awful. But men also need to be aware of the ways in which we're trained to be sexist in less obvious ways."
In addition to multiple retweets about the allegations, O'Donnell responded to some fellow Twitter user's posts.
Dench said in a statement to Newsweek:
Winslet released a lengthy statement to Variety that reads in part:
“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.
Close also shared a long statement. Her statement, to the New York Times, begins,
Milano wrote a post on her website, Patriot Not Partisan, that mentions her friendship with Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman (who on Tuesday announced she was leaving him) and also links to organizations that fight for women's rights. It reads in part:
While he didn't mention Weinstein's name specifically, DiCaprio did write a message about sexual assault on his Facebook page Tuesday night.
Zendaya is grateful to all of the women who continue to step forward, especially as a young woman in Hollywood.
Davis' full statement given to Variety Tuesday reads:
Blanchett, who has worked with Weinsten in several projects, including Carol and The Aviator, told Variety Tuesday:
Firth worked with Weinstein during The King's Speech, which won the actor an Oscar. "It’s with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting from Harvey Weinstein’s support," he told The Guardian Tuesday. "He was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to. It must have been terrifying for these women to step up and call him out. And horrifying to be subjected to that kind of harassment. I applaud their courage."
He stars in Weinstein's upcoming film The Current War, but that hasn't prevented Cumberbatch from speaking out. A portion of his statement given to The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday reads: "I am utterly disgusted by the continuing revelations of Harvey Weinstein's horrifying and unforgivable actions. We need to collectively stand up and support victims of abuse such as the brave and inspiring women who have spoken out against him and say we hear you and believe you."
In a piece written for her website, Grok Nation, Monday, Bialik opened up about why she's not surprised about the allegations brought against Weinstein. "I am not surprised because men in power seek to maintain it and reap what they see as the acceptable cultural benefits of that power," she wrote. "Women should never be subjected to abuse of the kind Harvey doled out. Women should never be punished for rejecting the advances of a lecherous man. Women should not be required to satisfy a man’s sexual desires in order to get ahead."
The Harry Potter actor told BuzzFeed in a statement: "Men like this who equate fame and power with the right to degrade women should be unequivocally condemned, shamed and be seen to suffer the consequences."
Gosling posted a message on Twitter in which he noted that men need to stand with women.
More to come...
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.