Hollywood 2017: Clooney Condemns Weinstein’s Misconduct as Indefensible

Hollywood star George Clooney has broken the general silence from the male demographic regarding the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, calling Weinstein’s actions indefensible in interview with The Daily Beast.

Clooney admitted he had heard rumors that started in the ’90s regarding women sleeping with Weinstein for roles, but had dismissed them as a way to belittle the talent of the actresses.

“The part we’re hearing now about eight women being paid off, I didn’t hear anything about that and I don’t know anyone that did,” he said. “That’s a whole other level and there’s no way you can reconcile that. There’s nothing to say except that it’s indefensible.”

Clooney seconded the statement by Meryl Streep, asserting that despite observers calling Weinstein’s behavior an open secret in Hollywood, many in the industry did not know what was going on.

“I’ve known Harvey for twenty years,” Clooney said. “We’ve had dinners, we’ve been on location together, we’ve had arguments. But I can tell you that I’ve never seen any of this behavior — ever.”

The director added that he hoped something positive could come out of the scandal.

“Maybe that’s what good will come out of this: that not just in Hollywood, although Hollywood is now the focus, but in all of these cases the victims will feel that they will be listened to, and that they don’t need to be afraid.”

Weinstein gave Clooney his first big break as an actor in the film “From Dusk till Dawn,” as well as his first big directing break with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.”

 

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