Issues of sexual harassment, a topic which was once avoided and was considered a hush-hush issue, is now gaining momentum and coming up out in the open. People are standing up to raise their voice around the world. This revolution is witnessing a spate of such confessions which reiterates the fact that sexual harassment is endemic in these times.
One such case that has caused quite a stir in the Hollywood industry is Cate Blanchett’s recent confession where she has her own set of Harvey Weinstein’s stories. What’s more daunting is that Blanchett is not the first one in the film industry to report against Harvey Weinstein, she is one of the many women who have spoken up against Weinstein.
Cate Blanchett, who is a sterling actor and an Oscar-winner, was questioned by Variety if she has ever been harassed or treated inappropriately by the film baron she answered in the affirmative without a second thought. According to Blanchett who got bad vibes from him, Harvey preys on the more vulnerable victims who are likely to be intimidated easily. She recalled how Harvey Weinstein told her many times that the two are not friends since she refused to give into what he demanded or wanted from her. Cate was reluctant to shed more light on her statement. But it is easy for one to imagine what Cate refused that used to upset the disgraced mogul.
Cate further in her statement said,” I’m really interested in the people who have transgressed in ways that are beyond the bounds of offensive.” “what people like Harvey have done, and there are men across many industries [who have done that]. He’s been held up as an exemplary because he’s unfortunately typical of certain men. I’m interested in those people being prosecuted. We have to set a legal precedent.”
Although Weinstein has denied accusations of sexual harassment through his spokesperson, Cate is not the only one to raise her finger at the producer. Many of the high-profile stars such as Lupita Nyong’o, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, and Ashley Judd have accused Harvey Weinstein of inadequate behavior. These are just a few of the pack of actresses who have stepped up to break the silence and practice of influential people exploiting their status and power.
Judd went as far as filing a defamation and sexual harassment lawsuit against Weinstein. Judd claims that Harvey crippled her career when she turned down his demands and rejected his sexual advances. Her lawsuit was counterattacked by Weinstein’s spokesperson who said that Harvey Weinstein never intervened in Ms. Judd’s career, in fact, he had helped her reach the apex of her career.
However, Judd’s case is backed up by the many pending lawsuits that Weinstein faces. He is under investigation by N.Y.P.D, L.A.P.D, the Scotland yard, and B.H.P.D all due to the complaints against him based on his sexual misconduct. Blanchett, like all the others, hopes to see him behind bars.
“Statutory rape is a crime, the last time I looked.” “I think it’s really important that people get tried through the judicial system. It’s a really important arm of democracy that we must uphold because it’s under threat from a lot of different quarters,” says Blanchett.
Blanchett also talked about another producer, Woody Allen, who has been accused by his daughter of sexual harassment when she was a child. Dylan Farrow’s claim has been denied by her father. Cate has worked with the accused producer in a film in 2013, Blue Jasmine, that helped her bag in another Oscar.
On her thoughts about Allen and his daughter, Cate suggested the case be re-open to sort the matter out that could calm Dylan Farrow. But on her own part, she found the time spent working with him to be very productive. She has not heard of any allegations against him and that she believes in the justice
system which is not part of the social media. She reiterated the court system where she believes that justice will be served and did not want to comment on her and Allen’s relation.
Allen however, is not facing what Weinstein is at the time. Harvey Weinstein has lost his reputation and many of the Hollywood stars have refused to work with him in the future.