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British actor Colin Firth is the latest to speak out against Harvey Weinstein and support the women who have accused the Hollywood film producer of sexual harassment.
He told The Guardian in a statement: “It’s with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting from Harvey Weinstein’s 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 went on: “By coming forward they’ve provided a jolting wake up throughout our industry. I hope it’s going to be a help to others, both in our own industry and elsewhere.”
Firth’s statement follows a string of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein, detailed mostly by expose stories in the New York Times newspaper and New Yorker magazine.
One of the most recent accusations is from Zoe Brock, a model from New Zealand, who gave a graphic account of alleged harassment by Weinstein.
Weinstein, who was fired from his eponymous company earlier this week, says he denies the claims and his lawyers are preparing to sue The New York Times.
Weinstein’s wife, the fashion designer Georgina Chapman, has announced she is leaving him.
She said in a statement to People Magazine: “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions.”
“I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”