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,
I stand with all the women who have been sexually harassed, and am awestruck by their bravery. This mistreatment of women has to stop ... In this instance it was women affected but I also stand with all the men, indeed any person, who has suffered sexual harassment.
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,
I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.
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:
Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.
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,
I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting. My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.
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.