Charlize Theron Says She's Not Surprised by Weinstein Reports, Sends Message of Support to Victims

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"This culture has always existed, not just in Hollywood but across the world," she says. "And many men in positions of power have gotten away with it for far too long."

Charlize Theron, who has worked on several films with the embattled Harvey Weinstein, is adding her voice to the growing chorus of women and men in Hollywood offering their thoughts following bombshell reports of decades' worth of sexual harassment, abuse and rape allegations against the mogul.

In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Theron says that although she didn't personally experience any harassment from Weinstein, she's not shocked by the reports. "I unfortunately cannot say I’m surprised. This culture has always existed, not just in Hollywood but across the world," the actress wrote, adding, "and many men in positions of power have gotten away with it for far too long."

On Tuesday, not even 48 hours after Weinstein's termination from The Weinstein Co., The New Yorker published its full report detailing rape allegations against the mogul by three women. That story comes on the heels of last Thursday's New York Times exposé that outlined decades of sexual harassment claims leveled against Weinstein.

In her statement, Theron praised the women who have come forward with their stories. Offering her support to the victims, she said, "This is all a positive step forward in changing that culture, and these young women need to know that they have a support system should anything like this happen to them."

Theron worked on such TWC films as The Cider House Rules, Reindeer Games and The Yards

Read her full statement here:

The women who have spoken about their abuse are brave and heroic and although I didn’t have a personal experience like this with Harvey Weinstein, I unfortunately cannot say I’m surprised. This culture has always existed, not just in Hollywood but across the world. And many men in positions of power have gotten away with it for far too long. And we cannot blame the victims here. A lot of these women are young and just starting out in their respective fields, and have absolutely no way to stand up to a man with such greater influence than them. If they speak up, they are shut down, and that could be the end of their career. This is all a positive step forward in changing that culture, and these young women need to know that they have a support system should anything like this happen to them. And I want you all to know I’m here to support you. 

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