GP Images/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Movie stars Kate Winslet, George Clooney, and Jennifer Lawrence are the latest to weigh on allegations that studio owner Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed multiple women over three decades.
“The way Harvey Weinstein has treated these vulnerable, talented young women is NOT the way women should ever EVER deem to be acceptable or commonplace in ANY workplace,” Winslet said in a statement to Variety.
Winslet, who won a best actress Oscar in 2009 for her role in The Weinstein Company’s The Reader, added that Weinstein’s behavior is “without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong…it makes me so angry.”
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Clooney called Weinstein’s actions “indefensible.”
After noting Weinstein’s help in getting his movie and directing career started, Clooney said, “I’ve never seen any of this behavior — ever.” He went on to note that while it was known Weinstein “had a tendency to hit on young, beautiful women,” he says, “I had no idea that it had gone to the level of having to pay off eight women for their silence, and that these women were threatened and victimized.”
Jennifer Lawrence told Variety, in part, “This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting. …My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions.”
The Hollywood Reporter also revealed Monday that Apple has scrapped plans for a 10-part Elvis Presley biopic produced by The Weinstein Company. However, the industry trade didn’t confirm whether the decision to abandon the project was related to the scandal.
Sources also tell THR that The Weinstein Company will have a new name within 48 hours, and that, beginning Wednesday, TV networks will be permitted to remove Weinstein’s name from show credits, including Lifetime’s hit show, Project Runway.
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