Harvey Weinstein, an infamous Hollywood producer, is currently 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.
Before being canned from his position amid the allegations, he was an executive at “The Weinstein Company.” This was only the first consequence in his fairly quick fallout—multiple organizations have also denied his monetary donations and his wife announced that she was leaving him.
Since the scandal with Weinstein erupted, dozens of women have come out with their unfortunate and tragic experiences dealing with sexual abuse—some with Weinstein and some with others in the Hollywood industry or simply just with “people of power.”
Many actors and executives who worked with Weinstein, one being award-winning actor Ben Affleck, have been under major heat for reportedly “knowing” about Weinstein’s sick actions but failing to do anything about it. Now, one American actor is taking major action against Weinstein.
Channing Tatum, star of “Step Up,” “Magic Mike,” “The Vow,” and many other recent hit movies, announced that he is pulling out of a huge project with Weinstein’s company, according to E! News.
Tatum stated, “The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us. They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in.”
He continued, “Our lone project in development with [The Weinstein Company]— Matthew Quick’s brilliant book, Forgive Me Leonard Peacock— is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse. While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy.”
“This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to,” he told his fans, then ended with a call-to-action, “The truth is out— let’s finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all.”
Read Tatum’s full statement from his Facebook page below.
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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