Following last week’s New York Times exposé on Harvey Weinstein, the New Yorker Tuesday morning published another explosive story regarding the Hollywood mogul’s alleged sexual assault and harassment of many women in the industry.
In light of the New Yorker’s story, even more celebrity reactions have stormed social media. Leonardo DiCaprio, Mia Farrow, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Mandy Moore, Lena Dunham, and Rose McGowan are just a few public figures who have addressed the New Yorker article.
Mia Farrow, mother of the New Yorker article’s author Ronan Farrow, expressed her respect for women who spoke up and her pride in her son’s work.
Though he didn’t name Weinstein, DiCaprio said on Facebook on Tuesday that there is “no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault.”
Director Ryan Coogler, whose film “Fruitvale Station” was released by the Weinstein Co., also released a statement. It read:
“I am disturbed and saddened at the news that several women have been victimized by a person I had come to know through the purchase of my first feature film. While I had no further business dealings with Harvey Weinstein, and no knowledge of this predatory behavior, my career did benefit from this brief involvement. Because of that, I feel a responsibility to speak up on this issue.
I love working as a storyteller. But I work in an industry that too many times has proven to not be a safe space for women. I make it a priority to ensure that there is gender equity and an inclusive work environment on every project I am involved with. However, just minding our business sometimes isn’t enough. It goes without saying, but I will state it now:
Sexual harassment is a human rights violation, sexual assault is a human rights violation, rape is a human rights violation.
The entertainment industry, like many others, has a historic imbalance of power among gender that allows these violations to run rampant. As men we sit in positions of privilege. It is our responsibility to leverage our position, and be allies to the women in our industry. We need to do everything we can to make sure violations like these don’t continue to happen. The first step is to listen. Salute to the brave women who came forward. I could never imagine how difficult that must be.”
Mandy Moore, who spoke in support of survivors at the Rape Foundation’s annual brunch on Sunday, also sent her love to the women that Weinstein victimized.
In a statement on Thursday, Penelope Cruz said, “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 behavior, 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.”
Holly Hunter, who has worked with Weinstein in the past, also issued a statement to Variety about the scandal on Wednesday. “The recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein both sadden and infuriate me,” she said. “I had nothing but a professional relationship with him during the release of ‘The Piano.’ He was an extreme personality, but in no way was I knowledgeable of his inappropriate and assaultive sexual activities. This particular kind of culture within the film industry — and within virtually every other walk of life you can name — must be eradicated. To take advantage of that kind of power over another person is the lowest of the low. The destruction is deep and lasting. I join my community in standing by these courageous women.”
Jessica Chastain, who said she was “warned from the beginning” about Weinstein’s questionable character, also reacted to the New Yorker’s expose.
Anthony Bourdain, who previously tweeted that Matt Damon and Russell Crowe “got some ‘splaining to do” in reference to reports that the actors had been aware of and complacent in Weinstein’s behavior.
Chloe Grace Moretz also weighed in on the scandal by posting a quote from the New Yorker story on Instagram along with the caption: “The women who have spoken up against one of the most powerful men in our industry are heroes for all women going forward. I stand with them and am sickened by the crimes he committed, I push for a safer workplace for all women.”
Kumail Nanjiani shared his efforts to be “better attuned to the ways in which women are mistreated in Hollywood.”
Women in Film has also released a statement regarding the matter. The organization encouraged people of all genders to continue speaking up about sexual harassment, “an all-too-common form of discrimination.” Women in Film said: “That so many people, particularly other men in power, knew about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior and didn’t say anything is an indication of how deeply entrenched discrimination is in the film & TV business — and in culture overall.”
The organization also released a list of demands, saying that “in order to do something about sexual harassment, we must require industry leaders to (1) mandate gender inclusive boards and decision making groups; (2) mandate inclusive hiring practices from the top down… and (3) mandate that lasting legal penalties be applied without compromise, bias, or settlement, and these penalties be enforced for those found guilty and complicit in these crimes of discrimination.”
“No one should be held to different standards; regardless of their power, money, or fame,” the Women in Film statement continued. “Women need allies.”
Patricia Arquette applauded her sister, Rosanna Arquette, for speaking up in the article.
Tippi Hedren said, “This is nothing new. I dealt with sexual harassment all the time, during my modeling and film career. Hitchcock wasn’t the first. However, I wasn’t going to take it anymore, so I simply walked away and didnt look back. Hitch said he would ruin my career and I told him to do what he had to do. It has taken 50 years, but it is about time that women started standing up for themselves in the Weinstein case.”