Harvey Weinstein, an infamous Hollywood producer, is facing multiple sexual harassment and rape allegations by women in the industry. Weinstein has produced several notable films including “Good Will Hunting,” “Scream,” “Gangs of New York,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and many others. He is also the co-founder of a successful production company, Miramax.
Since actress Ashley Judd first came forward about her unsettling experience with Weinstein, several other well-known names have given a similar testimony. Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow were among those who claimed that Weinstein also sexually harassed them at some point during their uprising career in the Hollywood industry.
Following this massive sex scandal, Weinstein has had a fairly quick fallout. He was almost immediately fired from his position at The Weinstein Company, multiple organizations have denied his monetary donations, and his Marchesa designer wife finally announced that she was leaving him.
Weinstein did admit to some of the claims, while denying several others including Judd’s. He also announced that he would be attending treatment to get better. Once his treatment is completed, he is hoping to get his family back.
The producer released a full-page statement which said, “I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.”
He continued, “I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed. I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.”
In response to Weinstein’s sad excuse for his actions—rising to fame in the 60s and 70s—actor Tom Hanks spoke out, implying that Weinstein’s reasoning is not an acceptable excuse at all. Hanks revealed this truth bomb in an interview with the New York Times, the news source that first uncovered the investigation behind Hollywood’s latest sex scandal.
When asked about Hollywood covering up Weinstein’s inappropriate actions, the award-winning actor and star of notable films like “Forrest Gump” and “Cast Away,” stated, “Well, that’s a really good question, and isn’t it part and parcel to all of society somehow, that people in power get away with this? Look, I don’t want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went down there. You can’t buy, ‘Oh, well, I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s’...I did, too.”
Hanks continued, “So I think it’s like, well, what do you want from this position of power? I know all kinds of people that just love hitting on, or making the lives of underlings some degree of miserable because they can.”
If you or someone you know is dealing with a sexual harassment situation, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) for any assistance. We will be praying for those who have been affected by sexual harassment and are in need of hope, healing, and help.
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