Emma Thompson Disputes Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Sex Addict’ Excuse: ‘He’s A Predator’

Emma Thompson comes out swinging in a new interview with “BBC Newsnight”, blasting Weinstein as a “predator.”

“I didn’t know about these things, but they don’t surprise me at all, and they’re endemic to the system,” Thompson, 58, said during the interview.

“What I find sort of extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg, you know he’s — I don’t think you can describe him as a ‘sex addict,’ he’s a predator,” she added.

“But what he’s, as it were, at the top of the ladder of is a system of harassment, and belittling, and bullying, and interference, and what my mother would have referred to in the old days as ‘pestering.’”

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She explains: “‘Is he pestering you?’ That’s the word we used to use in the olden days, if you recall. This has been part of our world, women’s world, since time immemorial. So what we need to start talking about is the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity, which is this sort of behaviour, and the fact that it is not only OK, but it also is represented by the most powerful man in the world at the moment.”

When asked if she believed there were other sexual predators like Weinstein in the movie business, Thompson fired back. “Of course,” she replied, saying there were “many.”

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“Maybe not to that degree,” she said, referencing Weinstein. “Do they have to all be as bad as him to make it count? Does it only count if you really have done it to loads and loads and loads of woman? Or does it count if you do it to one woman once? I think the latter.”

The actress has found many a fan since her interview, with people like Sam Smith, Emmy Rossum and more hailing her on social media.

You can check out an excerpt from her interview below:

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