French Writers and Producers Guild Condemns Harvey Weinstein

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Michel Hazanavicius

Weinstein's acts are "shameful and unacceptable" said a letter signed by 'The Artist' director Michel Hazanavicius and others.

The heavyweights of the French film industry condemned Harvey Weinstein in a statement issued Monday, with The Artist director Michel Hazanvicius, Intouchables helmers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano and veteran filmmakers Claude Lelouch and Costa Gavras signing a letter from ARP, the producers, directors and writers guild.

Titling it “Acts Unworthy,” the guild wrote: “The filmmakers of ARP join together in the unequivocal condemnation of Harvey Weinstein, after the revelations about him.”

The guild called the allegations of years of sexual harassment and assault “shameful and unacceptable.”

It continued: “We express our solidarity with the women assaulted and humiliated in the film world as elsewhere, and always respect and defend full equality between men and women.”

The statement comes following revelations by four French actresses, including Lea Seydoux, that Weinstein assaulted them at various hotels in France.

Weinstein acquired Hazanavicius' The Artist and steered it to Oscar success in 2012, with five wins including best picture, actor and director.

The letter was also signed by Radu Mihaileanu, whose The Concert was bought by Weinstein for $1 million in 2008. Nakache and Toledano's smash hit Intouchables is being remade by Weinstein. Titled The Upside and starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, the film is set to be released March 9.