Julia Roberts Speaks Out Amid Harvey Weinstein Claims, Denouncing "Predatory" Behavior and Offering Victims Resources
Says the Oscar winner who starred in The Weinstein Co.'s 'August: Osage County': "I stand firm in the hope that we will finally come together as a society to stand up against this kind of predatory behavior, to help victims find their voices and their healing, and to stop it once and for all."
As women continue to come forward with claims of sexual harassment and misconduct with Harvey Weinstein, so do A-list stars offering words of support. Julia Roberts on Thursday released a statement denouncing this type of "predatory" behavior and going a step further to offer resources to those who have experienced such abuse.
"A corrupt, powerful man wields his influence to abuse and manipulate women. We've heard this infuriating, heartbreaking story countless times before. And now here we go again. I stand firm in the hope that we will finally come together as a society to stand up against this kind of predatory behavior, to help victims find their voices and their healing, and to stop it once and for all," said Roberts in the statement, released exclusively to People and confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by her rep. "If you've been subjected to any kind of abuse or harassment, there are places to go for help, including the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN.org). Or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673)."
Roberts worked with Weinstein when his film company, The Weinstein Co., released John Wells' August: Osage County in 2013. This makes her the third actor from the film to speak out against Weinstein's actions, following earlier statements by Meryl Streep and Ewan McGregor.
Said Streep: "The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes. The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game."
McGregor released his statement via Twitter, offering, "Weinstein. It's about time this came to light and he is getting [his] just deserts. Heard rumours over the years but this is awful. Bye Bully!"
Their statements come as Weinstein stands accused of horrifying or troubling behavior from forced sex acts, lewd sexual conduct and harassment. The allegations came to light in multiple reports starting in a New York Times report by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and continuing in an even more explosive account from Ronan Farrow published in The New Yorker. His accusers include Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Asia Argento, Rose McGowan, Mira Sorvino, Kate Beckinsale, Claire Forlani, Cara Delevingne, Lea Seydoux and many others. Like Roberts, Streep and McGregor, others who have spoken out against his actions include Ryan Gosling, Blake Lively, Tom Hanks, Bob Iger and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Weinstein was fired by TWC's board Sunday and is currently said to be in Arizona seeking treatment in a sex addiction rehab facility.