(19 Dec 2017) CELEBRITY REACTION TO HOLLYWOOD HARASSMENT IN 2017 - PART 1
Actress Rose McGowan became one of the first women to accuse film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape, as the New York Times published a story on 5th October detailing allegations against him. Their actions sparked a landslide of accusations against Weinstein and others, that has caused ripples throughout Hollywood and beyond.
Among those facing allegations as 2017 drew to a close were Kevin Spacey, director Brett Ratner, Steven Seagal, Richard Dreyfuss, Louis C.K., Matt Lauer, John Lasseter and Russell Simmons.
In late October, McGowan spoke at The Women's Convention in Detroit, making her first public remarks since her allegation.
"I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed. I have been maligned. And you know what? I'm just like you, because what happened to me behind the scenes happens to all of us in this society, and that cannot stand and it will not stand."
On Twitter, McGowan amassed supporters and urged on them to call out harassment using the #RoseArmy hashtag.
Others spoke out via social media campaigns like #metoo - initially highlighted by actress Alyssa Milano, who tweeted, "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet."
By the following night, more than 53,000 people had left comments and thousands of women had declared "Me Too," sharing their stories of rape, sexual assault and harassment across social media, including some for the first time.
Inspired by the #metoo movement, actress Olivia Munn became one of six women to accuse director Brett Ratner of of sexual misconduct, in a Los Angeles Times report in November.
The day after Time magazine named "Silence Breakers" their Person of the Year, Munn added her thanks to the women who spoke out first.
"All the women who stepped forward in the beginning - you know, they opened the floodgates for the rest of us," said Munn. "And obviously, with my story, it all was public in 2011 with Brett Ratner taking credit for it, and yet the world didn't do anything. Nobody cared. And I don't know why they care what happens to us today, but I'm just grateful and thankful that they do."
In October, Laura Dern was among the stars who were not surprised to see stories of harassment in the film industry coming to light.
"It seemed as if it was supposed to be a prerequisite," Dern said. "I was one of the lucky few who was raised by an actress - and a godmother as an actress and a father who's an actor, so I was told all of the stories. So I knew with eyes wide open what should be unacceptable, and it was still terrifying and I still got bullied."
Ben Affleck responded to the sexual harassment crisis engulfing Hollywood by saying it "means looking at my own behavior."
In October, Affleck had apologized to actress Hilarie Burton, after she renewed an earlier allegation that Affleck groped her during a visit to MTV's TRL, which she was hosting in 2003.
Affleck tweeted an apology: "I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize."
In November, the "Justice League" star told the Associated Press he was determined to be "part of the solution."
A day earlier, Julia Roberts had expressed hope that the industry-wide scandal would force a change for the better.
"I mean it's moving forward and it's always, you know, worse before it gets better, so this the worst and hopefully that will show that healing is next in line and better is next in line and we can reform with renewed understanding of each other's personal space and virtues and kindness and all those things, and let that be, you know, the king of how we carry on, as opposed to this quiet, insidious cruelty."
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