STREEP ‘APPALLED’ BY WEINSTEIN
Several big Hollywood stars, including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, and Judi Dench, have welcomed the sacking of producer Harvey Weinstein from his own company, following allegations of sexual harassment. “The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported,” Streep said in a statement.
Following the report of sexual allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in New York Times on October 5, The Weinstein Company, which he co-founded, fired him on Sunday.
Several celebrites welcomed the decision, and took to social media to extend their support to Ashley Judd, and the other alleged victims.
“If even 1/10th of the stories about Harvey Weinstein are true, and I believe they are, then good f ***** g riddance. That shit’s gotta stop. And f**k you to anyone who knew about it and let him get away with it. The enabling also needs to end,” filmmaker James Gunn wrote on Twitter.
“To be clear, what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses,” actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted.
“As always, I stand with the brave survivors of sexual assault and harassment. It's not your fault. I believe you,” Oscar-winning actor Brie Larson wrote on Twitter.
However, not everyone in Hollywood was against Weinstein. Designer Donna Karan tried to defend him, and hinted that women are “asking for it”.
“How do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?” she said. She was criticised on social media for the comment. Actor Mia Farrow tweeted, “No more Donna Karan for me.”
Donna Karan (bottom) tried to defend the disgraced producer