Stars back sex claim ac­cusers

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

NEW YORK: Os­car-win­ner Brie Lar­son has spo­ken out in sup­port of fel­low ac­tors Ash­ley Judd and Rose McGowan af­ter they ac­cused movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein of sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

Lar­son was joined by di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Judd Apa­tow, who took to Twit­ter to con­demn the al­le­ga­tions.

We­in­stein has been ac­cused of decades of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, al­legedly pay­ing at least eight women, in­clud­ing McGowan, be­tween $100,000 and $190,000 each to set­tle their com­plaints.

Sim­i­lar al­le­ga­tions were lodged by Ash­ley Judd, who claimed she was film­ing 1997’s Kiss the Girls when We­in­stein lured her to his ho­tel room, of­fered her a mas­sage and asked whether she wanted to watch him shower.

Judd was not one of the women who re­ceived a set­tle­ment from the mar­ried fa­ther of five.

“As al­ways, I stand with the brave sur­vivors of sex­ual as­sault and ha­rass­ment.

“It’s not your fault. I be­lieve you,” Lar­son tweeted in re­sponse with­out men­tion­ing We­in­stein by name.

Apa­tow tweeted a re­porter: “Wealthy peo­ple buy si­lence with set­tle­ments.

“The con­fi­den­tial­ity clause al­lows preda­tors to hurt other peo­ple.

“For decades.”

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