Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney and More Speak Out Against Harvey Weinstein's 'Indefensible' Actions
By Rachel McRady
Hollywood A-listers are breaking their silence in the wake of the allegations of sexual harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
After Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, and other actresses released statements, Jennifer Lawrence and George Clooney are also speaking out.
“I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior,” Lawrence told ET in a statement. “I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.”
The 27-year-old actress -- who won an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, which was distributed by The Weinstein Company -- went on to express her support for those accusing Weinstein of inappropriate behavior, saying, “My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”
Clooney also slammed Weinstein in an interview with The Daily Beast, saying, “It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with. Harvey’s admitted to it, and it’s indefensible.”
The 56-year-old actor went on to explain his professional involvement with Weinstein, noting, “I’ve known Harvey for 20 years. He gave me my first big break as an actor in films on From Dusk Till Dawn, he gave me my first big break as a director with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. We’ve had dinners, we’ve been on location together, we’ve had arguments. But I can tell you that I’ve never seen any of this behavior — ever.”
In addition to Lawrence and Clooney, other stars have expressed their disapproval of the 65-year-old Hollywood heavyweight.
Mr. Robot star Christian Slater tweeted a lengthy statement, writing: “Women who come forward to speak out against abusers do so at great cost and risk to themselves and it’s hard to believe that they are met with shaming statements, disbelief, and blame…No woman should fear for her safety in the workplace. No man should feel immune from the consequences of his actions.”
Nicole Kidman -- who has worked on several projects with Weinstein -- released a statement on Tuesday, which reads: "As I’ve stated before publicly, I support and applaud all women and these women who speak out against any abuse and misuse of power -- be it domestic violence or sexual harassment in the workforce. We need to eradicate this behavior."
Hillary Clinton -- who Weinstein held fundraisers for when she was running for president last year -- also rebuked the Hollywood tycoon's alleged behavior, stating: "I was shocked and appalled by the revelations of Harvey Weinstein. The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior."
Cate Blanchett -- who has appeared in several films produced by Weinstein under both the TWC banner and his earlier company, Miramax -- released a statement to ET on Tuesday, declaring, "Any man in a position of power or authority who thinks it’s his prerogative to threaten, intimidate or sexually assault any woman he encounters or works alongside needs to be called to account."
"It is never easy for a woman to come forward in such situations and I wholeheartedly support those who have," Blanchett added.
Leonardo DiCaprio also took to social media to praise the women who have come forward against Weinstein, and condemned sexual assault.
"There is no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault — no matter who you are and no matter what profession," wrote DiCaprio -- who has starred in The Aviator, Django Unchained and Gangs of New York, all of which Weinstein produced. "I applaud the strength and courage of the women who came forward and made their voices heard."
Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars in the upcoming film The Current War that produced by Weinstein, released a statement that he was "utterly disgusted by the continuing revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s horrifying and unforgivable actions."
"We need to collectively stand up and support victims of abuse such as the brave and inspiring women who have spoken out against him and say we hear you and believe you," said the actor. "That way others may be emboldened by our support to come forward and speak. But we shouldn’t wait until there are any more stories like this. We, as an industry and as a society at large need to play our part. There has to be zero tolerance of any such behavior in any walk of life. We owe that to these woman’s bravery in coming forward."
Meanwhile, a slew of other celebrities are speaking out on social media about the shocking allegations:
Last week, Weinstein released a statement following the New York Times expose -- -- which points out the multiple sexual harassment accusations against him -- saying he came of age in the “60s and '70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.”
"I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” the statement continued.
Weinstein’s attorney, Charles Harder, then issued a separate statement calling the Times story “saturated with false and defamatory statements," and threatened to sue the paper.
Weinstein was also recently fired from The Weinstein Company, the independent film studio he co-founded with his brother, Bob Weinstein, in 2005. A statement from TWC's board of representatives, released on Sunday, revealed that his employment had been "terminated, effective immediately."
On Tuesday, TWC's Board of Representatives released a follow-up statement to ET, decrying Weinstein's actions and promising to conduct an independent investigation and assist in any criminal investigations.
"The Weinstein Company’s Board of Representatives - Bob Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar - are shocked and dismayed by the recently emerged allegations of extreme sexual misconduct and sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein," the statement read. "These alleged actions are antithetical to human decency. These allegations come as an utter surprise to the Board. Any suggestion that the Board had knowledge of this conduct is false."
"We are committed to assisting with our full energies in all criminal or other investigations of these alleged acts, while pursuing justice for the victims and a full and independent investigation of our own," they added.
Here's more on the allegations that led to Weinstein's recent termination from the company he co-founded.