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Michael Moore, who worked with Harvey Weinstein on his 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, is breaking his silence on the disgraced mogul since separate reports from the New York Times and The New Yorker broke, detailing allegations of sexual harassment and rape against him. Dozens of women have since come forward with similar claims.
The director slammed Weinstein in a post on his Facebook page on Friday, writing, “Harvey Weinstein knew better than to behave inappropriately toward women in my presence. I’m guessing successful sociopaths like him who get away with it for years are very, very careful not to let the kind of men who would stop them dead cold ever get a glimpse of who they really are.”
Praising the Times report, Moore said he believes right now “is a profound cultural/social/political moment that I believe could actually ignite a historic change in our society.”
The filmmaker also laid out suggestions on how to change Hollywood, including “[putting] all abusers on notice NOW,” and urged other abusers to “avoid this cruel end by resigning now.” He also implored men “who do treat women as equals and behave toward them with respect and dignity” to “step forward,” calling on boards of directors at other studios and across corporate America to “declare gender parity the new priority.”
Moore concluded his note by saying, “We need to create a new economy where women and men have the same opportunities and are paid the same, an economy that no longer condemns generations to poverty and where their only option is to serve at the pleasure and the whim of the rich… We must ALL commit to doing this. I believe our collective conscience will ultimately settle for nothing less, and the result will be a better world.”
In his post, the filmmaker did not address his new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9, which The Weinstein Co. purchased worldwide rights to earlier this year.
Read the full statement below.
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