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On Monday evening, Kristen Stewart stepped out for the Elle Women in Hollywood event in Beverly Hills, where she spoke about the extent of sexual abuse in the industry, from makeup artists to camera assistants.
The actress was there to introduce her close friend, honoree Riley Keough. But before she did, she addressed the scandal rocking Hollywood that has more than 50 women now accusing producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse or rape.
“I want to express how thankful I am to hear what is typically a murmured sotto conversation,” Stewart began. “We’ve all been talking about this forever, not to make it specific, but it is, ah, about this motherfucker.
“If I had someone close to me feel like they were subject to that type of manipulation or torment or fear … especially being in our realm where we work, where we have taken strides toward something not quite equal but somewhat hopeful for sure, I would feel sick and do because I know a lot of these women,” she continued. “So kudos to those who felt hopeful and comfortable enough to be caught and received and heard by those around them.”
Stewart went on to highlight abuse that goes on at all levels of the industry, including below-the-line jobs: “We can all be proud of that notion and perpetuate it by saying, ‘We’ve got you — affirmatively.’ I can’t tell you how many times I’ve saved makeup artists — because it trickled down, too — and camera assistants from DPs who are like, ‘woo woo.’ It happens on lesser states as well. And when I say ‘saved,’ I mean momentarily been like, ‘Don’t, fucker!’ And they are embarrassed for one second, but it just keeps going every single day. So I’d say let’s be aware of this on every level. Those girls are as duct-taped as one could possibly be because they are in fear of getting their next job, as every is actress, too, same deal.”
Stewart was among several stars at the event to condemn the actions of Weinstein and show support for the women who have since come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment or assault, including Reese Witherspoon, who revealed she was sexually assaulted by a director at age 16, and Jennifer Lawrence, who shared her “humiliating” experience of being asked by a female producer to stand in a nude lineup.
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