Colin Firth calls Harvey Weinstein ‘a frightening man to stand up to’
Star of The Kings Speech, a Weinstein film, tells the Guardian: Its with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting
Actor Colin Firth is the latest celebrity to condemn embattled movie producer Harvey Weinstein, saying in a statement to the Guardian that he was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to and that he supported the women accusing the movie mogul of sexual harassment.
Its with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting from Harvey Weinsteins support. He was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to. It must have been terrifying for these women to step up and call him out. And horrifying to be subjected to that kind of harassment. I applaud their courage, he said in a statement sent on Tuesday.
By coming forward theyve provided a jolting wake up throughout our industry. I hope its going to be a help to others, both in our own industry and elsewhere.
Firth is the latest Hollywood figure to criticize the powerful film producer less than a week after the New York Times published an investigation alleging unwanted physical contact and harassment spanning several decades. Weinstein and his lawyers have said he denies many of the allegations and has threatened to sue the newspaper.
The scandal deepened on Tuesday when three women accused Weinstein of rape in an article in the New Yorker, accusations he unequivocally denied through a spokeswoman.
Several women have continued to come forward with new allegations in recent days, including model Zo Brock and actor Romola Garai in interviews with the Guardian. Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and other high-profile actors also alleged they were harassed by Weinstein in a second New York Times piece published on Tuesday.