UPDATED with more reactions; refresh for latest: When sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein first surfaced last week in the New York Times, Hollywood was quick to react. Now that The Weinstein Company co-founder has been fired, it’s gotten really loud.
Here’s a sampling of reactions that have surfaced since the board of directors terminated Weinstein’s contract late Sunday as more woman have come forward. Speaking out are the likes of Rose McGowan, who was cited in the NYT expose; Kate Winslet and Judi Dench, key stars TWC’s history; and even fashion designer Donna Karan, who came to Weinstein’s defense today:
Kate Winslet, from Variety:
“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.”
Judi Dench, from Newsweek
“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.”
Donna Karan, from Daily Mail:
“Yes, I think [Weinstein is] being looked at right now as a symbol, not necessarily as him. I know his wife, I think they’re wonderful people, Harvey has done some amazing things. I think we have to look at our world and what we want to say and how we want to say it as well. You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.”