FOLLOWING the news that Harvey Weinstein had been sacked from his eponymous company on Sunday in light of allegations of misconduct dating back almost three decades, many of Hollywood’s stars – some of whom have worked with the producer many times – spoke out this week.
Léa Seydoux, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the actresses to have made public accusations about their own encounters with Weinstein, in the week that has seen numerous claims made against the film mogul. Many Hollywood heavyweights joined the rising chorus of condemnation – with the likes of Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Ryan Gosling, Lena Dunham and George Clooney issuing powerful statements and calling for change in Hollywood – while Barack Obama said that he and Michelle were “disgusted” by the reports about Weinstein, who was a longtime donor to the Democratic Party, and praised the courage of the women coming forward.
It has been reported that the US and UK police are looking into a number of the alleged offences against Weinstein, according to The Guardian. A statement by his spokesperson said that he “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual sex.
At the beginning of the week, Donna Karan drew criticism after she appeared to defend Weinstein in comments she made on the red carpet at the CinéFashion film awards in Los Angeles, in which she described him and his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman (who has since announced that she is leaving her husband) as “wonderful people”.
“I think we have to look at ourselves,” she said, reports The Guardian. “I also think 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?”
“You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.”
Following widespread condemnation of her remarks, Karan released a statement apologising for her comments, saying that they were taken “out of context”.
“I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe. I have spent my life championing women,” she said. “My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein. I believe that sexual harassment is not acceptable and this is an issue that must be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual. I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.”
The designer later gave an interview to WWD in which she again insisted that what she said “didn’t come out [the right] way”. The publication stated that Karan “couldn’t fully explain the ‘asking for it’ comment, saying that she can’t believe those words came out of her mouth”.
Here are some of the many women who have spoken out against Weinstein in the last seven days.