Emma Thompson tells us the Harvey Weinstein allegations are just the tip of the iceberg of a wider and systemic problem in Hollywood pic.twitter.com/VDxswrUP5Z
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 12, 2017
Over the past few days, with more and more sordid details coming out about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s lengthy history of sexual harassment and abuse, a number of actresses have come out to either detail their own awful experiences with Weinstein or to condemn him.
In an interview that will air on BBC Newsnight, Academy Award-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson tore into the mega-producer, labeling him a “predator.” But she didn’t just point the finger at Weinstein and his despicable behavior. She also noted that Weinstein is just one of many taking liberties with women in Hollywood.
Explaining that she wasn’t surprised “at all” that others had come forward with their tales of abuse at the hands of Weinstein, Thompson added that what she finds “sort of extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg.”
The Sense and Sensibility star dismissed the notion that Weinstein is a “sex addict,” noting that he’s a predatory figure who was at “the top of a ladder of harassment and belittling and bullying and interference and what my mother would have referred to in the old days as ‘pestering.’”
Thompson also invoked President Donald Trump in what she described as a “crisis in masculinity,” stating that it is “represented by the most powerful man in the world.”
Watch the clip above, via BBC.
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