On Thursday, a bombshell investigation in the New York Times cited decades-spanning sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, and celebrities were quick to react to the shocking report.
Lena Dunham was among the first to respond, and commended the individuals who came forward. “The woman who chose to speak about their experience of harassment by Harvey Weinstein deserve our awe,” she wrote on Twitter. “It’s not fun or easy. It’s brave.”
Amber Tamblyn, who recently spoke out about her own experiences with sexual harassment, said, “Heed the mantra and never forget: Women. Have. Nothing. To. Gain. And. Everything. To Lose. By. Coming. forward.”
The Times article revealed actress Rose McGowan reached $100,000 settlement Weinstein in 1997. She responded on Twitter saying, “Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies.”
A number of journalists put the spotlight on male-dominated cultures in the workplace. “Every industry has at least one of these powerful creeps. Look around. Do you know who the Weinstein is?,” Ann Friedman asked, while TV writer Anne Donahue shared a story of her own. “I’ll go first: I was a 17-yr-old co-op student and he insisted on massaging my shoulders as I typed,” she wrote.
Women were not alone in speaking out against Weinstein. Film producer Keith Calder wrote, “Just flipped through some contracts to make sure I’m legally allowed to say Harvey Weinstein is the worst person in the film business.”
“This Harvey Weinstein story is stomach-turning. As is the thought of how many people enabled this behavior,” journalist and author Mark Harris wrote.
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