Emma Watson Responds To Harvey Weinstein Allegations In Powerful Tweets
Ever since The New York Times released an article on Oct. 5 claiming that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has a decades-long history of sexually harassing women, the women of Hollywood have been coming out in droves to support those who came forward with the allegations and those who justly chose to stay silent. People like Meryl Streep, Barack and Michelle Obama, Cate Blanchett, and Hillary Clinton spoke out in support of the reported victims, and Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. Now, Emma Watson's response to the Harvey Weinstein allegations has been tossed into the ring of celebrity women speaking out in support of the victims.
The actress posted two tweets on Tuesday, Oct. 10, expressing her support for all of those affected by Weinstein's alleged actions. She said,
According to The New York Times, Harvey Weinstein — who produced Oscar-winning films such as Shakespeare In Love, Good Will Hunting, and Silver Linings Playbook — has reportedly been mistreating female employees for decades and has reached settlements with at least eight women throughout the years. Weinstein responded to the Oct. 5 New York Times article and allegations in a statement that said,
Lisa Bloom, Weinstein's former attorney said in a statement on Thursday, Oct. 5, that Weinstein "denies many of the accusations as patently false" and that he would not “demean or attack” the women who have accused him. On Saturday, Oct. 7, Bloom resigned as Weinstein's attorney.
The accusations claim that Weinstein would invite young actresses and employees to a hotel room at places like the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel and would then ask them to give him a massage or watch him while he showered. The release of this story has prompted celebrities who claim they have also been harassed by Weinstein in the past to come forward with their stories. Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are the most recent.
Earlier this week, The New Yorker published a piece that featured testimonials from more Weinstein accusers. In the piece, actress/director Asia Argento claims Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1997. Elite Daily reached out to Weinstein's team about the new claims by Argento, but did not hear back at time of publication.
However, Sallie Hofmeister, Weinstein's spokeswoman, gave the following statement to Elite Daily in regards to previous accusations:
Notably, a lot of men in Hollywood who have made films with Weinstein in the past have stayed silent about the allegations.
Ben Affleck, George Clooney, and Lin-Manuel Miranda are some of the men who have spoken out, but filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, who made the cult classic Pulp Fiction and more of his most famous films with Weinstein, has yet to say anything. Rose McGowan also claims Ben Affleck lied in his statement about Weinstein, claiming that she has spoken with Affleck about Weinstein's history of sexual harassment before. Elite Daily reached out to Affleck's team for comment on McGowan's claims, but did not hear back by time of publication.
Just like McGowan, there are plenty of women in Hollywood who have spoken out. And now Emma Watson has joined them.
Weinstein was the co-owner of Weinstein Productions and owned 42 percent of the privately owned company with his brother, Bob Weinstein, according to The New York Times. After the allegations surfaced, the board of Weinstein Productions fired Weinstein. Jennifer Lawrence, who worked with Harvey Weinstein on Silver Linings Playbook (the movie that won her an Oscar), responded to the allegations in support of the victims as well. She said,
Elite Daily reached out to Lawrence's team for further comment, but did not hear back by time of publication. Weinstein's wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, revealed she is leaving Weinstein because of his alleged actions.