Tuesday 17 September 2019

JJ Abrams: Harvey Weinstein allegations are ‘shocking’

The filmmaker said that “people knew” Weinstein “was a bully but I didn’t have a clue as to the extent”.

UK Film Premiere of Star Trek – London
UK Film Premiere of Star Trek – London

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Harvey Weinstein is unlikely to be a “lone operator” in Hollywood, Star Wars director JJ Abrams has said.

The filmmaker said the allegations against the disgraced movie mogul were “horrific”.

He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’d never heard these kind of stories about him, so it definitely was shocking.

“People knew that he was a bully but I didn’t have a clue as to the extent.

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“I admire enormously the women who have come forward, because it must be very difficult … horrific.

“But I think it’s probably something … that he can’t be a lone operator. My guess is that there’s abuse of power in any industry and I’m sure that Hollywood is certainly no exception.”

The director previously called Weinstein a “monster”.

“Someone said to me the other day that they are sick of hearing people talk about how disgusting it is,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

“I don’t think enough can be said about how viciously repulsive his abuse of power was. He’s a monster.”

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