“There is no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault — no matter who you are and no matter what profession,” the actor said Tuesday on Facebook. “I applaud the strength and courage of the women who came forward and made their voices heard.”
DiCaprio has starred in several high-profile films that were distributed by Weinstein’s companies, including 2002’s “Gangs of New York,” 2004’s “The Aviator,” and 2012’s “Django Unchained.”
Earlier Tuesday, the New Yorker published a report detailing rape allegations against the mogul by three women, five days after the New York Times story detailing sexual harassment claims leveled against Weinstein, including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan. The executive was fired on Oct. 8 by his own company.
The allegations have led to a massive condemnation of Weinstein by A-list stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, and Judi Dench. Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama issued a statement saying that they were “disgusted” by the allegations. “Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status,” they added.
See DiCaprio’s statement below.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) October 11, 2017