Harvey Weinstein scandal: More Hollywood figures speak out

From BBC - October 17, 2017

More Hollywood figures have spoken out against Harvey Weinstein in light of the recent allegations against him.

Former DreamWorks film studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, writer Scott Rosenberg and actress Lauren Holly have all shared their stories.

Weinstein has been accused of rape, sexual assault and harassment, but has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual relationships.

Katzenberg, who has worked with Weinstein, called him "a monster".

The executive, who has been chairman of Walt Disney Studios and DreamWorks, told a Wall Street Journal conference: "Make no mistake about it: he is a monster."

He said Weinstein had been protected by other men around him, who he described as "a pack of wolves".

He told delegates that abuse of power had gone on for too long in Hollywood, and the current scandal signals a change in direction. "You are gonna see in the coming weeks and months real action," he said. "We cannot go on this way."

Katzenberg said he had not heard about Weinstein's behaviour before the New York Times first reported the allegations earlier this month - but he acknowledged that he may not have made himself available to hear from women.

Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg also got involved by writing a Facebook post about his early days at Miramax Films.

He wrote the movies Beautiful Girls and Things To Do In Denver When You are Dead at the time Weinstein's profile was rising in the film industry.

In his post, he said that while he never heard any rape allegations, he was aware of Weinstein's "dreadful" behaviour - and "everybody" else knew too.

'I kept my mouth shut'

"I was there. And I saw you. And I talked about it with you," he wrote. "You, the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers.

'I pushed him and ran'


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