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Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars in the upcoming Weinstein Co.-produced Thomas Edison film The Current War, has spoken out against Harvey Weinstein amid a growing list of sexual harassment allegations against the now-ousted producer.
“I am utterly disgusted by the continuing revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s horrifying and unforgivable actions,” Cumberbatch said Tuesday in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “We need to collectively stand up and support victims of abuse such as the brave and inspiring women who have spoken out against him and say we hear you and believe you. That way others may be emboldened by our support to come forward and speak. But we shouldn’t wait until there are any more stories like this. We, as an industry and as a society at large, need to play our part. There has to be zero tolerance of any such behavior in any walk of life. We owe that to these women’s bravery in coming forward.”
The British actor had previously earned a best actor Oscar nomination for his role as computer scientist Alan Turing in the 2014 Weinstein Co. film The Imitation Game. The Current War, in which Cumberbatch plays Edison, is the next slated release for TWC, set to be released Nov. 24 and what was, at least before Weinstein’s ouster and the revelations made in the New York Times exposé, an Oscar contender.
Since Weinstein’s dismissal from his company on Sunday night, a number of other stars have come out to decry his actions, including Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Gretchen Mol and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose 2016 campaign received considerable donations from Weinstein. Many of those who have spoken out claimed they were unaware of Weinstein’s past actions.
No changes have been made to The Current War’s slated release date following the shake-ups at TWC, though Weinstein himself did pull his name from the film prior to his termination.
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