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Glenn Close Expresses Anger Over Harvey Weinstein's Alleged Actions in a Compelling Statement

Glenn Close Expresses Anger Over Harvey Weinstein's Alleged Actions in a Compelling Statement

Glenn Close is speaking out about the sexual harassment allegations that film producer and studio mogul Harvey Weinstein is facing.

The Oscar-nominated actress voiced a role in the Hoodwinked movies, which were released by The Weinstein Company.

Glenn acknowledged in her statement that she had been aware of the allegations for “many years” and that she’s angry not only at Harvey, but at the fact that the “casting couch” phenomenon is still a reality today.

“I’m sitting here, deeply upset, acknowledging to myself that, yes, for many years, I have been aware of the vague rumors that Harvey Weinstein had a pattern of behaving inappropriately around women. Harvey has always been decent to me, but now that the rumors are being substantiated, I feel angry and darkly sad,” Glenn said in a statement to the New York Times.

“I’m angry, not just at him and the conspiracy of silence around his actions, but also that the “casting couch” phenomenon, so to speak, is still a reality in our business and in the world: the horrible pressure, the awful expectation put on a woman when a powerful, egotistical, entitled bully expects sexual favors in exchange for a job,” she continued.

Click inside to read the rest of Glenn Close’s statement…

“Ours is an industry in which very few actors are indispensable and women are cast in far fewer roles than men, so the stakes are higher for women and make them more vulnerable to the manipulations of a predator. I applaud the monumental courage of the women who have spoken up. I hope that their stories and the reportage that gave them their voices represents a tipping point, that more stories will be told and that change will follow,” she said.

“The changes must be both institutional and personal. Men and women, in positions of power, must create a work environment in which people, whose jobs depend on them, feel safe to report threatening and inappropriate behavior, like that reported in the Times,” Glenn‘s statement concluded. “No one should be coerced into trading personal dignity for professional success. I feel the time is long and tragically overdue for all of us in the industry, women and men, to unite — calmly and dispassionately — and create a new culture of respect, equality and empowerment, where bullies and their enablers are no longer allowed to prosper.”

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  • YupVideoFever

    This is funny how they all suddenly woke up…

  • persononhere

    no, she said she knew of the rumors for years. these women were all benefiting financially to be quiet and getting jobs as a result, too. they’re complicit by taking his money and jobs.

  • tom

    Man face Glen Close, even if she knew she would have kept quite in exchange for a role in a movie. All of them.

  • Utope

    Well, at least she’s admitting that there were rumours and that they knew something. I just hope everyone who helped him cover up these horrible deeds will be exposed.

  • 777

    She’s angry at him and at the casting couch culture, what about your part? Yes, she admits of being aware of the rumors, but she says nothing about feeling guilty for not speaking up or working with him despite of these rumors. Basically, since he was nice to her, it didn’t matter to her that he was vile to so many other women.

    In another note, I saw Cate Blanchett had 6 movies with him in just 3 years, but 0 in the last 13 (Carol doesn’t count, he wasn’t involved, the company was just the distribuiter in the US), I wonder what happened.

  • disqus_KI86hfj444

    Give me a break!!! Why she should be angry at herself None of them was her fault she wasn’t the side of those behaviours she hadn’t witnessed with her own eyes it was never her place to stood up something just because of the rumors.

  • 777

    I didn’t say she should’ve said something, but she chose to work with him DESPITE being aware of the rumours. She’s part of the problem.

  • http://www.paulwalkerfoundation.org RayonLight

    She admits it and proves that everyone else who claim they didn’t know are liars. Deep respect for Glenn and admitting it. This is sad..

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  • SamFarrah

    Why should she not have worked with him? Because of rumors? I can understand someone basing an opinion on the way that person treats them. It’s entirely possible he never tried anything with her so I can understand her not judging him without actual proof.

    Do you judge people based on rumors? Would you want someone to do that to you?

    (I am in no way defending anyone or anything here-I am merely pointing out that it is generally a good idea to have proof of something before you make a judgment and act upon it.)

  • 777

    She knew and stuck her hands in the sand. Now she’s pointing fingers at everyone. You can’t take his money, knowing what he did, and then when it’s out in the open be angry at everyone. You can’t have it both ways.