Movie legends Meryl Streep and Judi Dench led a chorus of outrage Monday, October 9, following the revelation that Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed women for decades, as Hollywood stood accused of covering up a pattern of misconduct that finally cost the film mogul his job.
It's fantastic yet sad how men in positions of incredible influence in modern America still seem immersed in a bygone era, treating women as playthings and forcing them to take it if they want to keep their jobs. Certainly in the country of Haiti where I work, in Africa, in the developing world, it's been a hard time for women.
Mr. Weinstein's representatives did not respond to a request for comment. At the time she was an anchor for News 12 Long Island; at present she is an anchor for Fox O&O KTTV Los Angeles.
Rose McGowan is the highest-profile of Weinstein's accusers, with it emerging she reportedly sued the movie producer for making advances on her during the production of the Weinstein-produced 1996 teen slasher film Scream.
In addition, Streep stressed that Weinstein had never been inappropriate with her during their working relationship and denied any knowledge of his alleged offences.
"There would be risks in a company bringing him back, hiring him again, contracting with him again", she told AFP. Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Lena Dunham and Glenn Close have all delivered their take on what is becoming the most important story to hit Hollywood in years for how it has pulled the veil, uncovering a culture of enabling and abuse of power at the hands of one of the most successful yet most feared film executives.
Weinstein is yet to address the eight allegations of sexual harassment detailed by The New York Times, though he has apologized for his actions. He just has to be sacked, in response to accusations sexual revealed by the New York Times. No one now at The Times has knowledge of editorial decisions made on that story. "In general the only reason a story or specific information would be held is if it did not meet our standards for publication", said the spokesperson, per Politico. "I promise to do everything I personally can to stop it, and I applaud and have deep love for every human being who breaks the silence". She decried the behaviour as "disgraceful" and "inexcusable", yet also pleaded ignorance about it, writing: "Not everybody knew". He wrote, "to them this conversation was casual - they've gotten used to sexual harassment being a part of their everyday lives - but to me it was horrifying". Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo tweeted that they were disgusted by Weinstein's behavior.
Weinstein released a statement saying "the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain".
"Sivan explained her reaction to the piece in The New York Times was, "'Finally, finally.' I knew there were other people that this had happened to".
While accepting an award from the British Film Institute in London, she said the award "was thanks to Harvey, whose name I have had tattooed on my bum ever since". How do we present ourselves as women?
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