George Clooney on Harvey Weinstein case: This is watershed moment for society

Actor George Clooney hopes the current scenario where women are voicing their experiences of sexual harassment is a "watershed moment" for the society where women feel safe enough to talk about the issue.

By: IANS | Los Angeles | Published:October 23, 2017 4:24 pm
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On Sunday, at the premiere of his latest directorial foray ‘Suburbicon’, George Clooney talked about the sexual harassment issue, reports thehollywoodreporter.com.

“What we hope is this is a watershed moment for society where women feel safe enough to talk about this issue, feel believed and where men who are committing these crimes and violations don’t feel safe and feel as if they do these things they’re going to be outed, sued and may even get litigated and go to jail for it,” said Clooney.

“If we can get to that point then we actually succeeded. This thing won’t end up just being Harvey Weinstein jokes in three months,” he added. In addition, stars including Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Patricia Arquette, Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen have all spoken out in one way or another.

Clooney also spoke out against filmmaker Woody Allen’s remark that Hollywood had created a “witch hunt atmosphere” after several actors blamed Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing them. “That’s a stupid thing to say,” Clooney responded.

“The reality is it’s not a witch hunt to these women who were trapped in a hotel room and told they were going to get a part and then suddenly here comes Harvey Weinstein in his birthday suit. That’s an assault. It’s not just Hollywood it’s all of society and we’re going to have to come to terms with it because we haven’t yet,” he added.

“It’s infuriating and it’s also infuriating when I read stories about reporters who did investigations and didn’t print it for 10 years. Then you go, ‘Why didn’t you print that story? I would have liked to have seen it. And I would like to know who brought actresses up to Harvey Weinstein’s room and then left. I’d like to know that’.”

Actor Matt Damon remains optimistic about how these stories can bring change. “I really do believe there is going to be major change. There won’t be this type of behaviour anymore,” said Damon.

Damon hopes victims of these crimes speak out worldwide and not just in Hollywood.

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