STARS ACCUSE WEINSTEIN; High-Profile Women Have Come Forward to Accuse Film Producer Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Assault or Harassment or Support Those Who Have Made the Allegations. VICTORIA JONES Looks at What Has Been Said

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STARS ACCUSE WEINSTEIN; High-Profile Women Have Come Forward to Accuse Film Producer Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Assault or Harassment or Support Those Who Have Made the Allegations. VICTORIA JONES Looks at What Has Been Said


Byline: VICTORIA JONES

THERE have been a string of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against producer Harvey Weinstein.

An investigation by The New York Times published on October 5 found allegations stretching over nearly three decades.

That report said Mr Weinstein had reached at least eight settlements with women.

Harvey Weinstein was later dismissed from the Weinstein Company "in light of new information about misconduct".

Since then, many other women have spoken out about the Hollywood producer.

Weinstein's spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister has said: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein."

These are some of the women who have spoken out...

EMMA THOMPSON She labelled Weinstein a "predator" as she compared sexual allegations around the film producer to the Jimmy Savile scandal. The two-time Oscar winner said the movie mogul was at the top of a ladder of "harassment and belittling".

She told BBC2's Newsnight: "One of the big problems in the system we have is that there are so many blind eyes and we can't keep making the women to whom this happens responsible.

"I think there are probably about a million missed opportunities to call this man out on his disgusting behaviour.

"I don't think you can describe him as a sex addict, he's a predator. That's different. He's at the top of, as it were, the ladder of a system of harassment and belittlement and bullying and interference. This has been part of our world, women's world, since time immemorial."

SIENNA MILLER The British actress has said she was never subjected to sexual harassment or advances by Harvey Weinstein but that she stands "in absolute solidarity with those who were".

Writing on Instagram, Miller said: "Having worked many times with the Weinstein Company, I feel compelled to comment on the horrendous allegations that have come to light over the past few days.

"Emma Thompson put it perfectly when she said, 'What we need to start talking about is the crisis in masculinity, extreme masculinity, which is this sort of behaviour, and the fact that it is not only OK, but is also represented by the most powerful man in the world right now'."

PENELOPE CRUZ She has said she "didn't know that side" of Harvey Weinstein as she spoke out over sexual assault allegations facing the film producer. She wrote on Instagram: "The stories that came out over the last few days about Harvey Weinstein have left me feeling extremely sad and shocked.

"Obviously I didn't know that side of him. We have worked together on different films and even if he has been respectful to me and I personally have never witnessed such behaviour, I need to express my support to the women that have had such horrible experiences.

"They have shown great bravery by talking. That kind of abuse of power is absolutely unacceptable. We all, women and men, need to teach future generations about the power of respect and support for one another."

ROSE MCGOWAN The 44-year-old actress was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment.

She made a series of claims in several tweets to Amazon chief executive and founder Jeff Bezos.

The actress also claimed the studio had won a "dirty Oscar", and added: "I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood."

SOPHIE DIX She has claimed Weinstein pinned her down in a hotel room when she was 22. She told The Guardian: "He was really forceful."

The actress said the incident happened in the Savoy Hotel in London in 1990 and called it "the single most damaging thing that's happened in my life".

GAL GADOT She said: "Bullying and sexual harassment is unacceptable. I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand. We are all united in this time of change. …

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