Hol­ly­wood ‘witch hunt’ blasted

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD - BRONTE COY

AC­TOR Kirstie Al­ley has slammed “the mob” who have been go­ing af­ter Hol­ly­wood’s sex­ual preda­tors, claiming the sit­u­a­tion has spi­ralled into a “witch hunt”.

Over the past month, en­ter­tain­ment heavy­weights in­clud­ing Har­vey We­in­stein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. have been forced to step down from their roles amid a wave of accusations of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault, of­ten dat­ing back years.

But Al­ley, 66, has taken to Twit­ter to de­cry the pub­lic re­sponse, ac­cus­ing her in­dus­try col­leagues of play­ing judge, jury and ex­e­cu­tioner.

“I’m an ad­vo­cate of courts of law 4 [sic] crim­i­nal mat­ters,” the Veronica’s Closet star tweeted. “Also in­no­cent un­til proven guilty is a fairly sane con­cept that I’m pretty sure each of us would like to be af­forded.

“Ru­mours cause witch­hunts. Seems OK to be part of the mob un­til U be­come the next witch.”

She later added: “We all be­lieve things we know NOTH­ING about at times & would be quick to pull the trig­ger out of dis­gust & anger. This is why we have judges & ju­ries in­stead of ston­ings & stake burn­ings ... guess we are at­tempt­ing jus­tice.”

Since the first pub­lished al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and rape against Har­vey We­in­stein by dozens of women, in­clud­ing Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Pal­trow, the dis­graced movie mogul has been sacked from his own com­pany, stripped of his Academy mem­ber­ship and is now be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice.

The scan­dal prompted oth­ers to come for­ward with accusations against other pow­er­ful men in­clud­ing ac­tor Kevin Spacey and co­me­dian Louis C.K.

Spacey has been axed from House of Cards while Net­flix has can­celled Louis C.K.’s planned stand-up spe­cial.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.