Since the news first broke, a number of powerful celebrities have used their platforms to speak out against the 65-year-old's alleged deplorable actions. Some,
like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, have even shared stories of their own interactions with Weinstein; each ended with harassment claims. In addition to the brave testimonies from women who have had disturbing interactions with Weinstein, a growing number of A-listers are condemning his, and other men's, reprehensible behavior.
"We're at a point in time when women need to send a clear message that this is over,"
Paltrow told . "This way of treating women ends now."
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While many celebrities have stayed silent, others weren't afraid to speak their mind. Stars including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Ben Affleck, and Hillary Clinton have also spoken out about the allegations. Keep reading to see what these celebrities have said about the news — we'll keep adding more slides as more stars contribute to the conversation.
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Hillary Clinton The former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate issued a statement about the allegations against Weinstein on Tuesday. As CNN notes, Weinstein was a Democratic party donor who contributed to Clinton's campaign. "I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein," Clinton said in a statement released by her spokesperson Nick Merrill. "The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior."
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Ben Affleck Affleck issued a statement via his Twitter account on Tuesday. "I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades," the actor wrote. "The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick. This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others. We need to do better at protecting our sisters, friends, co-workers and daughters. We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power."
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Gwyneth Paltrow Paltrow went on record with about her experience working on 1996's Emma with Weinstein. She told the paper that he "placed hands on her" and suggested they have "massages" together. The New York Times "I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified," Paltrow told the paper. She also revealed that she told Brad Pitt, her then-boyfriend, about the incident. According to the Times, Pitt "approached Mr. Weinstein at a theater premiere and told him never to touch Ms. Paltrow again."
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George Clooney "It's indefensible. That's the only word you can start with," Clooney told The Daily Beast on Monday. "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." Clooney also said in the interview that this problem is "ingrained in our society." "The reality is that this is a problem deeply ingrained in our society. It was something that was talked about a lot on the left with Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, and Donald Trump, and it's something that's going to be talked about a lot on the right with Harvey Weinstein," Clooney told the outlet. "I think that rather than politicize it, there should be talk on both sides about the really bad behavior by powerful men and the horrible acts they commit. It's pretty crazy to me." You can read Clooney's full interview at The Daily Beast.
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Meryl Streep Streep's publicist Leslee Dart issued a statement to The Huffington Post about the allegations against Weinstein. Here's the statement in full: "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 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 other inappropriate, 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."
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Judi Dench "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," Dench said in a statement provided to .
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Lena Dunham Dunham tweeted her opinion on the matter, which included a criticism of the Weinstein Company. "Easy to think Weinstein company took swift action but this has actually been the slowest action because they always always knew," she tweeted. Dunham then wrote an o p-ed published in titled "Harvey Weinstein and the Silence of the Men." She wrote that the men she's worked with in Hollywood, including Judd Apatow, have showed her "utter respect." The New York Times on Monday "This past week, reports that Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed women for years came to light, making it crystal clear that not every woman in Hollywood has had the chance to walk our path," Dunham wrote. "Abuse, threats and coercion have been the norm for so many women trying to do business or make art. Mr. Weinstein may be the most powerful man in Hollywood to be revealed as a predator, but he's certainly not the only one who has been allowed to run wild. His behavior, silently co-signed for decades by employees and collaborators, is a microcosm of what has been happening in Hollywood since always and of what workplace harassment looks like for women everywhere." She went on to explain that sexual harassment isn't just a Hollywood problem and can happen in any industry. "Hollywood's silence, particularly that of men who worked closely with Mr. Weinstein, only reinforces the culture that keeps women from speaking. When we stay silent, we gag the victims," Dunham wrote. "When we stay silent, we condone behavior that none of us could possibly believe is O.K. (unless you do). When we stay silent, we stay on the same path that led us here. Making noise is making change. Making change is why we tell stories. We don't want to have to tell stories like this one again and again. Speak louder." You can read Dunham's full essay over at the .
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Kate Winslet Winslet issued a statement to about the allegations. Here's the statement in full: 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 behavior is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong. I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumors, 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."
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Kevin Smith When a fan tweeted to the director asking for his "thoughts on Harvey," Smith tweeted out a response. "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," Smith wrote.
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Jennifer Lawrence Lawrence issued a statement to about the allegations. Variety "I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein's behavior," the statement reads. "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."
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Seth Rogen Rogen tweeted on Saturday that he believes the women who have accused Weinstein of inappropriate behavior. "I believe all the women coming forward about Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment. It takes bravery to do so," Rogen tweeted.
Mark Ruffalo The actor tweeted his opinion about the allegations on Sunday, calling Weinstein's alleged actions "horrible." "To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses," Ruffalo tweeted.
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Michael Keaton Keaton tweeted about Weinstein on Monday. "H Weinstein -yikes! Disgusting and creepy. So is "leader of the free world" btw," Keaton wrote.
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Jeff Bridges "I just found out now [that he got fired]. I had a movie called The Giver, and I tried to get that movie made for 20 years and ended up making it with Harvey. He's facing his demons now," Bridges told . "I'm hoping that he leans into those demons and comes out the other side a richer person. I hope the best for him." The Hollywood Reporter THR noted that Bridges said "I don't know what I'm going to do in the future" when asked if he would work with Weinstein again.
James Gunn The Guardians of the Galaxy director wrote an open Facebook letter about the allegations. The full letter is below. "On Sexual Predators in Hollywood (and the World) I was on my way to a party Friday night with three close female friends, when the subject of Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuse allegations come up. They started having a casual conversation about the many times they've been sexually harassed in their lives. One of them talked about how her manager at a restaurant pushed her to the ground, kissing her. Another discussed a boss at a nightclub who fired her when she wouldn't go out with him. Another talked about a film producer who said he could get her roles if she "treated him well." And then another round of stories started, of these women being grabbed and molested and abused by bosses and managers and agents. And then another round started: endless incidents of these women being subject to the repeatedly unwanted sexual advances of men, ranging from your every day entitled Hollywood scumbucket douchebag to attempted rape. As I said, 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. As we've discovered lately with the numerous sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, and Bill O'Reilly, sexual predators have no political affiliation. They are Republicans, Democrats, Communists, Nazis, Green Party, Whigs, and whatever-the-hell-else is out there. But they also know no status or occupation. Yesterday, I tweeted that if even 1/10 of the stories about Harvey Weinstein are true, and I believe they are, then good fucking riddance. Fuck him and everyone who enabled him to get away with such behavior. The tweets got a lot of news coverage and I got a lot of responses. One of the primary responses was that sexual predation is a terrible problem... for Hollywood. Well, yes, that’s true. Sexual predation is rife in Hollywood. But it's also rife EVERYWHERE. As evinced by the stories I heard Friday night, some men — probably a much larger percentage than any of us want to be true — try to coerce women (or children or other men) sexually, and they will try and do so when they get any small amount of power. They are movie stars and network heads and world famous bloggers — but they are also fast food restaurant managers and used car salesmen and, as I learned as a child (and tried to speak out and was shut down), priests. And they are EVERYWHERE. And they are killing us. When someone is coerced sexually it not only affects that person, but the lives of those around that person, like rows of dominoes falling in every direction. It demolishes trust and comfort in all of society. And evil men are doing this everywhere, every day, in every occupation, and every type of household, all over the world. FUCK. THEM. ALL. I am hoping with recent truths coming to light, that their reign is coming to an end, in Hollywood, and everywhere. 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. Love you all, James"
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Miles Teller "It's important anywhere, any job place no woman should feel objectified, no woman should feel sexualized," Teller said at the premiere for Only the Brave, according to . "It's 2017, and we need to get over that shit. It's not cool." The Hollywood Reporter Teller's statements came after Taylor Kitsch addressed the allegations, saying, "My reaction [to the allegations] was, 'fuck.' That's about it. I honestly don't know too much about it. I'm in my own bubble," he said. "I don't want to say anything because I don't fucking know anything yet. When I get educated on it I guarantee I'll have an opinion on it."
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Ryan Murphy "In this society, most women have a Harvey Weinstein in their life. There is always a minefield you navigate when you're a woman and go through the system of Hollywood. Sometimes you are lucky enough to have champions or people who aren't interested in taking advantage of you, and sometimes you do not," the . "I know my way around an Oscar-winning lady or two, and whenever he would come up in conversation, there was always this 'ick' or 'ugh' type of reaction. All of the women I spoke to would say that. All of them. I wondered what was up with that."
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Milo Ventimiglia "Men have a great responsibility in general," Ventimiglia said at a benefit for the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, according to . "We need to show compassion, strength, understanding, and communication." Variety Ventimiglia's statement came after his This Is Us costar Mandy Moore said at the event, "It's all the more important to be here today, supporting women and victims. It couldn't come at a more important time, in light of recent news."
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Eric McCormack "I don't think anyone is particularly surprised with that. It reminds us that the abuse of women is systematic," McCormack said at the same brunch when asked about Weinstein, . "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."
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Judd Apatow Apatow tweeted his opinion about the allegations on Saturday. "What Harvey Weinstein did was abhorrent. He admits he did it. Why should anyone be silent in their disgust and support for his victims?," he tweeted. Apatow also tweeted a criticism of Weinstein's statement on Friday. "The 70's were 37 years ago. You are blaming growing up in the 70's? You haven't picked up anything since then?" he wrote.
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Glenn Close In a written statement to , Glenn Close said that she was "deeply upset" that she had heard the rumors about Weinstein. The New York Times "I'm sitting here, deeply upset, acknowledging to myself that, yes, for many years, I have been aware of the vague rumors that Harvey Weinstein had a pattern of behaving inappropriately around women," Close wrote in the statement. "Harvey has always been decent to me, but now that the rumors are being substantiated, I feel angry and darkly sad... I'm angry, not just at him and the conspiracy of silence around his actions, but also that the 'casting couch' phenomenon, so to speak, is still a reality in our business and in the world: the horrible pressure, the awful expectation put on a woman when a powerful, egotistical, entitled bully expects sexual favors in exchange for a job." To read Close's full statement, click over to the .
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Evan Rachel Wood After retweeting a Variety article encouraging men to become allies for women in Hollywood, Wood shared more thoughts about what men can do for survivors. "Men. We need you as allies. Speaking as an actress who grew up in the industry, for all the good there is a lot of darkness and young-- / --men and women are intimidated, threatened, and manipulated into submission. I could tell you stories that would make your skin crawl-- / --its a problem that has run rampant in hollywood for too long. I applaud the bravery it took for these women to come forth and I hope we-- / --all stop turning a blind eye. We are scared into silence and we are all guilty of it. Stand behind the victims. Its one of the first- / --steps to real change," Wood tweeted. (The slashes are ours, added to distinguish between multiple tweets.)
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Ashley Judd The actress told that she was invited to a hotel for a meeting with Weinstein, and that he asked her to watch him shower. "How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?" Judd said to the The New York Times Times. She also tweeted a link to the article.
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Amber Tamblyn Tamblyn tweeted a message of support for Ashley Judd on Thursday. "Stand with @AshleyJudd or give your legs to someone else. What she and others have just done is painful and difficult and triumphant," Tamblyn tweeted.
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Brie Larson "As always, I stand with the brave survivors of sexual assault and harassment. It's not your fault. I believe you," Larson tweeted on Thursday.
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Nicole Kidman "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," Kidman said in a statement provided to . "We need to eradicate this behavior."
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Lin-Manuel Miranda "I'm as appalled and repulsed by the Weinstein news as anyone with a beating heart. And forever in awe of the bravery of those who spoke out," Miranda tweeted on Tuesday.
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Gretchen Mol Mol wrote an essay for criticizing "the shameless behavior of this powerful man." The actress wrote that she has "never been alone in a room with Harvey Weinstein," despite rumors to the contrary. The Hollywood Reporter "Toxic shame transfers from the perpetrator to the victim," Mol wrote. "I hope my colleagues, those women who have been affected by this abuse, can put this poison aside. We have no reason to feel ashamed."
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Charlize Theron "The women who have spoken about their abuse are brave and heroic and although I didn't have a personal experience like this with Harvey Weinstein, I unfortunately cannot say I’m surprised. This culture has always existed, not just in Hollywood but across the world. And many men in positions of power have gotten away with it for far too long," Theron said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed News. "And we cannot blame the victims here. A lot of these women are young and just starting out in their respective fields, and have absolutely no way to stand up to a man with such greater influence than them. If they speak up, they are shut down, and that could be the end of their career. This is all a positive step forward in changing that culture, and these young women need to know that they have a support system should anything like this happen to them. And I want you all to know I'm here to support you."
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Heather Graham Heather Graham penned an essay for Variety on Tuesday titled " Heather Graham: Harvey Weinstein Implied I Had to Have Sex With Him for Movie Role" in which she detailed her own experience with Weinstein. "In the early 2000s Harvey Weinstein called me into his office. There was a pile of scripts sitting on his desk. "I want to put you in one of my movies," he said and offered to let me choose which one I liked best," Graham wrote. "Later in the conversation, he mentioned that he had an agreement with his wife. He could sleep with whomever he wanted when he was out of town. I walked out of the meeting feeling uneasy. There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there." Graham went on to say that Weinstein tried to get her to go to his hotel room for a meeting. Uncomfortable, she explained the situation to one of her friends, also an actress, who said she would join her. "En route, she called me to say she couldn’t make it. Not wanting to be at the hotel alone with him, I made up an excuse — I had an early morning and would have to postpone," Graham continued. "Harvey told me that my actress friend was already at his hotel and that both of them would be very disappointed if I didn't show. I knew he was lying, so I politely and apologetically reiterated that I could no longer come by." Graham wrote that she "was never hired for one of his films" and that she "felt ashamed" she hadn't come forward with her story until after Ashley Judd shared hers. "If I had spoken up a decade ago, would I have saved countless women from the same experience I had or worse?" she asked. "The question — and this is not an excuse — is what defines sexual harassment in the workplace? He didn’t explicitly offer a trade — sex for work — even though I knew that was what he was implying. And I hadn't gone to his hotel. I know this is an inner dialogue many women have — it's part of what's holding so many of us back from sharing our stories. We don't want to be attacked for reading into something that may or may not have been there. We don't want to be looked at as weak for not being able to handle ourselves in a business run by men. We don't want to lose work by being defined as a Difficult Woman. We don't want to be the first or only voice in the room." She then went on to state that she hopes "this moment starts a dialogue on redefining sexual harassment in the workplace and empowers women to speak out when they feel uncomfortable in a situation." "While I still do feel guilty for not speaking up all those years ago, I'm glad for this moment of reckoning," she said. "To the countless other women who have experienced the gray areas: I believe you." You can read Graham's full essay in .
Mandy Moore Mandy Moore spoke with Entertainment Weekly Radio about how the industry's response to sexual assault and harassment allegations has become "more transparent" since she began her career. "I feel a real shift in terms of the dialogue being way more transparent. We're here having a conversation about it, and obviously when a scandal like this comes to light, only good can come from this," she said. "The fact that, like, feeling there's going to be culpability in regards to harassment in the workplace, and in this industry, specifically." She continued to say that while she's "never been in that position," she understands that so many women are and that's why these conversations are so crucial. "It's important for us to talk about this, because this does exist, and women need to be believed and their stories need to be out there," she said. "And men need to be part of the answer, and they need to be part of the story. The work that the Rape Foundation does and the Stuart House in Los Angeles is really exemplary and it should be a model across the country. It’s so comprehensive. And, again, it's just furthering the awareness and the advocacy around this particular subject that we should be talking about more. It's uncomfortable, but we need to get uncomfortable in order to affect change." You can listen to Moore's complete statement to Entertainment Weekly Radio here.
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Colin Firth Firth told The Guardian that Harvey Weinstein "was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to." "It's with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting from Harvey Weinstein's support. 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," Firth said in a statement provided to The Guardian on Tuesday. "By coming forward they've provided a jolting wake up throughout our industry. I hope it's going to be a help to others, both in our own industry and elsewhere."
Julianne Moore The actress appeared on MSNBC's on Tuesday and said that while she's "never had a personal experience like this," she found Weinstein's alleged actions "completely egregious and shocking." She also noted that many of the women claimed their encounters with the film titan took place when they were in their early 20s, during the time they were just starting their careers. Deadline: White House "And you'll notice, too, that when these incidents occurred, these women were very young. It's very difficult to be 21, 22, 23 and feel like you have any personal power," she said. "It's way different when you're 40 or 45 and then kind of like this, no, this is not for me. But these were really, really young women when that happened." Moore later added that many young people "don't know what the rules are" when they enter the workforce, which in turn makes them feel inferior. "You know, it's new, everything is new, I think any job, where you're just entering the workforce, you don't know what the rules are," she said. "You don't know what you're supposed to do, you feel like you're just supposed to do what you're told. You're trying to figure it out and it's difficult when anybody's in kind of a powerful position to feel that you have a voice that's equal to theirs." Though Moore seemed to imply that breaking into the industry can be difficult for younger women who can often be afraid of ruining their budding careers by sticking up for themselves, it's important to note that anyone, regardless of age, can experience sexual harassment and still be frightened. Age definitely does not mean that the way women handle such situations will be "way different." "I think any job, where you're just entering the workforce, you don't know what the rules are. You don't know what you're supposed to do, you feel like you're just supposed to do what you're told," Moore said. "You're trying to figure it out, and it's difficult when anybody's in kind of a powerful position to feel that you have a voice that's equal to theirs."
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Tom Hanks Tom Hanks sat down with for a lengthy interview about his career, his thoughts on Donald Trump, and his feelings on Harvey Weinstein. Though Hanks admitted that he's "never worked with Harvey," he couldn't help but feel like "it all just sort of fits." The New York Times When asked why he thought Hollywood continually covers for people like Weinstein, Hanks said it seemed to be a pattern amongst people in power. "Well, that’s a really good question and isn’t it part and parcel to all of society somehow, that people in power get away with this?" he said. "Look, I don’t want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went down there. You can’t buy, 'Oh, well, I grew up in the '60s and '70s and so therefore. ...' I did, too. So I think it’s like, well, what do you want from this position of power? I know all kinds of people that just love hitting on, or making the lives of underlings some degree of miserable, because they can." Hanks later added: "So I would say, there's an example of how that’s true. Just because you're rich and famous and powerful doesn’t mean you aren't in some ways a big fat ass. Excuse me, take away 'fat.' But I’m not, you know, I’m not the first person to say Harvey's a bit of an ass. Poor Harvey — I’m not going to say poor Harvey, Jesus. Isn't it kind of amazing that it took this long? I’m reading it and I’m thinking 'You can’t do that to Ashley Judd! Hey, I like her. Don’t do that. That ain’t fair. Not her, come on. Come on!'" The actor also made a parallel to the behavior in '60s period drama Mad Men and what we're currently seeing with men like Weinstein. "Look, I think one of the greatest television shows in the history of television was Mad Men because it had absolutely no nostalgia or affection for its period," Hanks told the Times. "Those people were screwed up and cruel and mean. And, 'Hey, wait, that’s going on today? Shouldn’t we be on this?' Is it surprising? No. Is it tragic? Yes. And can you believe it's happening? I can’t quite believe that [expletive] still goes on." You can read the whole interview on .
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Emma Thompson In an interview with the BBC, Thompson called Weinstein a "predator," Deadline reports. The interview will air on Thursday. "Is he pestering you?' That’s the word we used to use in the olden days, if you recall. This has been part of our world, women's world, since time immemorial," Thompson told the BBC. "So what we need to start talking about is the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity, which is this sort of behavior..."
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Natalie Mendoza Mendoza detailed her own experience with Weinstein on her Facebook page, according to both the . The groping, Mendoza wrote, took place in 2002 while she was working with Weinstein on Herald Sun and Variety The Great Raid. "I might have told Mr. W mid-script 'meeting' after he sent his assistant out that I'd punch him if he didn't take his hands off me," Variety reports Mendoza wrote. "Shook all the way home but high-fived myself for knowing my self worth in my early 20s. I knew my first film would be my last after that and I was more than OK about it." According to Variety, Mendoza wrote another post saying that she "was so naive" that she "did not realize it was a set-up."
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Alice Evans The Vampire Diaries actress detailed her encounter with Weinstein and the following repercussions in an essay for The Telegraph titled, " Did Rejecting Harvey Weinstein's Sinister Advances Shut Down My Career - And My Husband's?" In the piece, Evans recalled her first interaction with Weinstein at a bar, in which she eagerly tried to impress him "despite having heard endless stories about massages and hand-jobs in hotel rooms." This wasn't because she was in any way OK with his behavior; it was because she honestly didn't think he would pull the same things on her. "It doesn't even cross my mind — not for a second — that he might try the same on me," she said. Nervously, Evans mentioned her boyfriend (now, her husband). Minutes later, Weinstein had asked her up to his hotel room. "I laugh, make a joke. Keep rambling. But he continues. 'Just go. I'm right behind you. I want to touch your tits. Kiss you a little,'" she recalled. "He moves right up close to me and looks me up and down. I can feel his breath. And it's not your average tipsy come-on. It's sinister. The sort of thing that makes you want to run away fast." When she denied his advances, Weinstein looked at her and said, "Let's hope it all works out for your boyfriend." She felt guilty, suddenly responsible for her boyfriend's career as well as her own. Unfortunately, her worst fears became realized when her boyfriend failed to get the part he was eagerly after. Neither of them would ever be cast in a Weinstein production. "I’ll never know if my refusal to be sexually available for Mr Weinstein at the moment he fancied his little fix had me blacklisted, or whether I’m inflating my own importance in a much bigger picture," she wrote. "But I do know this: This total lack of concern for me as a woman – and more importantly a human being – shocked me to the core and affected me for years." You can read Evans' complete essay on .
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Jess Weixler Weixler thanked the women who warned her about Weinstein's behavior in a post on Instagram; but despite the "underground network of women protecting women," the actress still found herself in uncomfortable situations with the Hollywood bigwig. "I'll say I am very grateful I was warned. I had multiple women protecting me with stories. There were several years of Harvey propositioning me, combined with requests for meetings about scripts, and talk of what directors he could introduce me to. Thank goodness I heard enough not to go," she wrote. "Grabbing my arm at crowded parties and telling me my fiancé wasn't invited to be at Cannes when we were there promoting Rigby. Being told he wouldn't be able to get into events if he came. The accounts I've heard of what happened to others are devastating. In a time when the press killed stories and DAs ignored evidence, there was an underground network of women protecting women. And Im just so grateful to the women who warned and protected me."
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Lupita Nyong'o Nyong'o recalled her own experience with what she described as Weinstein's "sinister pattern of behavior" in an op-ed for The New York Times. She recalled meeting the producer in 2011, when she was a student at the Yale School of Drama. Eager to network, "but cautious about strangers, and the intentions of men in general," Nyong'o said she tried to keep her interactions with Weinstein as professional as possible by referring to him as "Mr. Weinstein." He, on the other hand, insisted she call him "Harvey." "In this first encounter, I found him to be very direct and authoritative, but also charming," she wrote. "He didn’t quite put me at ease, but he didn’t alarm me, either." A short time after their initial introduction, Nyong'o wrote that Weinstein invited her to watch a screening of a competitor's film at his family home. But, before they watched the film, they stopped for lunch, where Weinstein "insisted" she drink a vodka and diet soda that she very much didn't want. When she told him she wouldn't drink it, he grew agitated and called her "stubborn." Things got even more uncomfortable once they arrived at his home. About 15 minutes into the film, Weinstein demanded Nyong'o join him in his bedroom, where he said he wanted to give her a massage. In an attempt to take the power out of his hands, she then offered to give him one instead. When she refused to let him take off his pants, he called her "stubborn" once again. His children, she reported, were home the entire time. Months later, Nyong'o went to dinner with Weinstein after a screening in New York. This time, he was much more direct. "Let's cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal," she recalled him saying. He told her not to be "naïve" and that he had helped many women with their careers because they were willing to do what it took. When she still declined, he grew cold and said that their meeting was then finished. When she said that they were "good," he responded: "I don't know about your career, but you'll be fine." Though she had other encounters with him in the years that followed, Nyong'o swore never to work with him. Now, she's promising to never stay silent. "Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing," she wrote. "I speak up to make certain that this is not the kind of misconduct that deserves a second chance. I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence." You can read her full piece on .
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