Two actors who have worked with Harvey Weinstein in the past are speaking out.
George Clooney and Jennifer Lawrence called Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment “indefensible” and “inexcusable.”
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Clooney was a straight shooter when talking about the studio executive. “It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with,” Clooney said.
“Harvey’s admitted to it, and it’s indefensible.” The “Gravity” star did, however, mention he had never witnessed any concerning actions from Weinstein: “I’ve never seen any of this behavior — ever.”
Weinstein, now 65, gave Clooney, now 56, his first big acting break in “From Dusk Till Dawn” and first directing gig for “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”.
“The Hunger Games” star Lawrence shared a similar sentiment in a statement to Variety. “I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior,” Lawrence said.
“I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations,” she continued.
Adding how, “This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting. My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”
Cate Blanchett, who starred in such Weinstein-produced films as “Carol” and “The Aviator” — also released a statement condemning Weinstein’s alleged behaviour.
“Any man in a position of power or authority who thinks it’s his prerogative to threaten, intimidate or sexually assault any woman he encounters or works alongside needs to be called to account,” reads Blanchett’s statement. “It is never easy for a woman to come forward in such situations and I wholeheartedly support those who have.”
Weinstein was recently terminated from The Weinstein Company in light of the accusations against him.