The stars of Hollywood are sending their support and applauding the women who have stepped forward against producer Harvey Weinstein.
Accusations of sexual harassment and assault have been leveled at the producer by actresses and women who once worked with Weinstein, who was recently fired from his position as co-chairman of the board at Weinstein Company as a result of the unearthed accusations.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron were among those commending the women for their bravery as they came forward with their stories – and the actress added she was not ‘surprised’ by the allegations.
‘The women who have spoken about their abuse are brave and heroic and although I didn’t have a personal experience like this with Harvey Weinstein, I unfortunately cannot say I’m surprised.
‘This culture has always existed, not just in Hollywood but across the world. And many men in positions of power have gotten away with it for far too long. We cannot blame the victims here.
‘A lot of these women are young, just starting out in their respective fields, and have absolutely no way to stand up to a man with so much influence, much greater than theirs.
‘If they speak up, they are shut down, and that could be the end of their career. This is all a positive step forward in changing that culture, and these young women need to know that they have a support system should anything like this happen to them. And I want you all to know I support you.’
Leonardo also sent his support to the women, writing on his Facebook page: ‘There is no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault — no matter who you are and no matter what profession. I applaud the strength and courage of the women who came forward and made their voices heard.’