Actresses Speak Out For Alleged Victims In Powerful Response To Harvey Weinstein Allegations

After bombshell report, stars call out the continuing misogyny in Hollywood.

Actresses across all genres in Hollywood stood together in protest against ongoing misogyny in the movie industry after a New York Times report revealed a long history of alleged sexual misconduct by famed producer Harvey Weinstein. 



Published Thursday, the article details nearly three decades of instances in which Weinstein reportedly used his position of power to coerce women into sexual acts that resulted in at least eight sexual harassment settlements. Soon after, actresses including America Ferrera, Brie Larson, and Lena Dunham took to Twitter to applaud the bravery of those who came forward, and call out the continuing power structures that often result in the questioning, instead of the supporting, of victims. 

"It's high time Hollywood shone a light on itself and made real changes in the behavior we accept from those in power," Dunham wrote on Instagram. "If you agree (and I think you do) I hope you'll share the story. By lifting these women up, we change this age old story for them and for everyone."

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Last month, actress Amber Tamblyn wrote in the Times about her own experiences with society's tendency to not believe women when they accuse men of sexual harassment or assault. In the op-ed, Tamblyn argues that there are not two sides to every story, and often, women who come forward are subjected to "an interrogation."

"The women I know, myself included, are done, though, playing the credentials game," she writes. "We are learning that the more we open our mouths, the more we become a choir. And the more we are a choir, the more the tune is forced to change."

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