22.01.2020

Shame of female A-listers who refuse to denounce Weinstein

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have remained tight-lipped over the bombshell sexual harassment allegations against ex-studio head Harvey Weinstein that went public last week. 

An investigation by The New York Times claimed on Thursday that Weinstein repeatedly sexually harassed a number of female employees and movie stars over the course of his three-decade career as one of Hollywood’s most celebrated studio heads. 

The shocking Times report alleged that Weinstein once asked Ashley Judd if she would like to watch him shower during a meeting in his room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills and paid $100,000 to Rose McGowan for an unknown incident shortly after she filmed her breakthrough role in the film ‘Scream.’

That settlement is one of eight that Weinstein has reportedly paid out over the past 30 years, with Italian model Ambra Battilana also getting an undisclosed sum in 2015 after accusing the Hollywood executive of groping her and putting his hand under her skirt.  

Hollywood elite actresses Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts are among the many women who have worked with Weinstein in the past.

These women have also been vocal advocates for women equality, with Kidman even speaking out against violence towards women. 

Weinstein was fired on Sunday by The Weinstein Company just days after the Times published the claims.

The movie mogul was ousted by his own company’s board of directors. Weinstein founded the firm with his brother Bob in 2005 when he left Miramax.

But since the allegations made national headlines, these A-listers have kept quiet:

NICOLE KIDMAN

She is a favorite of Weinstein, working with him on seven films, and has been photographed numerous times with him at awards ceremonies and gala dinners.

Kidman, 50, fights for equality as a UN women’s ambassador and in 2013 said violence against women is ‘the greatest outrage’.

She has no social media presence and by last night had said nothing about Weinstein; her publicist did not respond to calls for comment.

Kidman is a favorite of Weinstein (pictured in November 2016), working with him on seven films, and has been photographed numerous times with him at awards ceremonies and gala dinners

Kidman is a favorite of Weinstein (pictured in November 2016), working with him on seven films, and has been photographed numerous times with him at awards ceremonies and gala dinners

JULIA ROBERTS

Weinstein has called her ‘incredible’ and a ‘good friend’. She has appeared in several films by him including Confessions of a Dangerous Mind in 2002 and August: Osage County in 2013.

Roberts, 49, is a vocal advocate for women’s rights. Earlier this year she was among celebrities who signed an open letter demanding gender equality.

She has so far said nothing about the allegations. Her publicist did not respond to requests for comment.

Weinstein has called Roberts (pictured together in September 2013) 'incredible' and a 'good friend'. She has appeared in several films by him including Confessions of a Dangerous Mind in 2002 and August: Osage County in 2013

Weinstein has called Roberts (pictured together in September 2013) ‘incredible’ and a ‘good friend’. She has appeared in several films by him including Confessions of a Dangerous Mind in 2002 and August: Osage County in 2013

SCARLETT JOHANSSON

She has been friends with the mogul for years. She starred in his 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona and was pictured at the premiere with him.

Writing in a magazine in February, Johansson, 32, said fighting for equality is ‘an uphill battle’ and that among her female friends and family, ‘everyone has been discriminated against or harassed – sexism is real’.

By last night she hadn’t spoken of the scandal and her publicist didn’t reply.

Johansson has been friends with the mogul for years. She starred in his 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona and was pictured at the premiere with him, above

Johansson has been friends with the mogul for years. She starred in his 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona and was pictured at the premiere with him, above

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

She won an Oscar for Weinstein’s 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, and she partied around the globe with him during the awards season. He once said: ‘Jen has a great sense of humor. She’s so genuine.’

Lawrence, 27, has been vociferous in her demands for equality and has wrote about it for Lena Dunham’s online magazine Lenny after finding out she is paid ‘less than the lucky people with d****’.

So far she has yet to say a word about Weinstein. Her publicist did not respond.

Lawrence (pictured with Weinstein in April 2013) won an Oscar for Weinstein's 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, and she partied around the globe with him during the awards season. He once said: 'Jen has a great sense of humor. She's so genuine'

Lawrence (pictured with Weinstein in April 2013) won an Oscar for Weinstein’s 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, and she partied around the globe with him during the awards season. He once said: ‘Jen has a great sense of humor. She’s so genuine’

EMMA WATSON

She appeared in the Weinstein film My Week With Marilyn in 2011 and that year was seen leaving a pre-Bafta party with him and going to a nightclub where they partied until 3am.

Watson, 27, is a passionate campaigner for women’s rights and has been a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador since 2014. Last year she said: ‘It’s sad we live in a society where women don’t feel safe.’

Last night there was no word about Weinstein to her 26.6million Twitter followers. Her publicist did not respond.

Watson appeared in the Weinstein film My Week With Marilyn in 2011 and that year was seen leaving a pre-Bafta party with him (Weinstein pictured left in 2011 with Watson) and going to a nightclub where they partied until 3am

Watson appeared in the Weinstein film My Week With Marilyn in 2011 and that year was seen leaving a pre-Bafta party with him (Weinstein pictured left in 2011 with Watson) and going to a nightclub where they partied until 3am

GWYNETH PALTROW

She has said Weinstein ‘looks out for me’, while he has called her the ‘first lady’ of one of his production firms. She won an Oscar for his film Shakespeare in Love in 1998.

She paints herself as a women’s champion and revealed in one interview that early in her career ‘someone suggested we finish a meeting in the bedroom’.

Paltrow, 45, hasn’t tweeted since September 21. Her publicist did not respond.

Paltrow has said Weinstein 'looks out for me', while he has called her the 'first lady' of one of his production firms. She won an Oscar for his film Shakespeare in Love in 1998. The two are pictured together at the Academy Awards in 1999

Paltrow has said Weinstein ‘looks out for me’, while he has called her the ‘first lady’ of one of his production firms. She won an Oscar for his film Shakespeare in Love in 1998. The two are pictured together at the Academy Awards in 1999

DAME HELEN MIRREN

She worked with Weinstein most recently on the 2015 film Woman in Gold. She has been vocal about the need to confront abuse by male movie bosses. 

In 2007, Mirren, 72, said late director Michael Winner made her show off her figure at a 1964 casting, adding: ‘It was insulting and sexist. I don’t think any actress should be treated like that.’

She has so far been silent about the scandal; her publicist did not comment.

Mirren (pictured with Weinstein, left, in December 2015) worked with Weinstein most recently on the 2015 film Woman in Gold. She has been vocal about the need to confront abuse by male movie bosses

Mirren (pictured with Weinstein, left, in December 2015) worked with Weinstein most recently on the 2015 film Woman in Gold. She has been vocal about the need to confront abuse by male movie bosses

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

She starred in his hit film The Imitation Game in 2014. Even though she was heavily pregnant she went to all the awards events, including the Hollywood Film Awards.

Knightley, 32, has called on Hollywood to respect women, saying in 2006: ‘In this industry women have to be very true to themselves about what they’re comfortable with.’

She does not have social media. Her publicist did not respond. 

Knightley starred in his hit film The Imitation Game in 2014. Even though she was heavily pregnant she went to all the awards events, including the Hollywood Film Awards, above

Knightley starred in his hit film The Imitation Game in 2014. Even though she was heavily pregnant she went to all the awards events, including the Hollywood Film Awards, above

Renee Zellweger 

Zellweger won the award for best supporting actress for her performance in Cold Mountain in 2004.

During her Oscar acceptance speech that year, Zellweger, 48, thanked her ‘friends at Miramax for making this film, especially Harvey’.

She does not have social media. Her publicist did not respond to a request for comment.

Rene Zellweger (pictured with Weinstein in 2008) won the award for best supporting actress for her performance in Cold Mountain in 2004

Rene Zellweger (pictured with Weinstein in 2008) won the award for best supporting actress for her performance in Cold Mountain in 2004

SIENNA MILLER

Weinstein cast the then little-known actress as the lead in 2006 film Factory Girl, which landed her on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. 

The film was a disappointment, and they haven’t worked together since, but she has remained in his orbit. Miller, 35, spoke in an interview in 2015 of ‘the lack of equality in our industry and all over the world’.

By last night she hadn’t said anything since the Weinstein scandal broke, and her publicist had not responded to a request for comment. 

Weinstein cast Miller as the lead in the 2006 film Factory Girl, which landed her on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. The film was a disappointment, and they haven¿t worked together since, but she has remained in his orbit. Miller (pictured with Weinstein in 2007), 35, spoke in an interview in 2015 of ¿the lack of equality in our industry and all over the world¿

Weinstein cast Miller as the lead in the 2006 film Factory Girl, which landed her on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. The film was a disappointment, and they haven’t worked together since, but she has remained in his orbit. Miller (pictured with Weinstein in 2007), 35, spoke in an interview in 2015 of ‘the lack of equality in our industry and all over the world’

Spread the love

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *