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Colin Firth has joined the chorus of celebrities criticizing Harvey Weinstein amid accusations of sexual harassment and rape.
“It’s with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting from Harvey Weinstein’s support,” the actor said in a statement to The Guardian.
“He was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to,” Firth continued. “It must have been terrifying for these women to step up and call him out. And horrifying to be subjected to that kind of harassment. I applaud their courage.”
Concluded the star: “By coming forward they’ve provided a jolting wake up throughout our industry. I hope it’s going to be a help to others, both in our own industry and elsewhere.”
Firth starred in the Weinstein-produced The King’s Speech, which won a best-picture Oscar in 2011.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie on Tuesday went on the record to allege that Weinstein sexually harassed them. They spoke to the New York Times, which published a bombshell Oct. 5 report detailing decades of sexual harassment allegations leveled at the mogul.
The New Yorker in a story Tuesday featured three women accusing Weinstein of rape. “Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” a representative for the mogul said.
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