Select members of the Weinstein Company staff have released a statement in response to the many devastating and horrific allegations of sexual harassment and assault made against producer Harvey Weinstein.
The statement was first posted by The New Yorker, which recently published accounts from Harvey Weinstein’s accusers — shortly after The New York Times published its own piece about allegations against the producer.
In the statement, the staff claim that they did not know Harvey Weinstein, who has since been fired from the company, was a serial sexual predator.
But, they admit, that makes them part of the problem, that the traits that they valued Weinstein for in his filmmaking — like, his ambition and desire to win — are also what “made him a monster.”
The statement goes on to acknowledge that addressing the allegations publicly puts the participating staff members in violation of their non-disclosure agreements.
It also asks that they be freed of their NDAs so they can, without punishment, continue to address these serious issues.
Moreover, the statement expresses its solidarity with the women who have spoken out, and thanks them for doing so.
It also calls into question the broader “threatening, hostile, inhumane work environments” that are widely prevalent in the industry, and addresses the potential future of the Weinstein Company.
And it ends by saying we must listen to these stories, no matter how hard they are to hear. “But after that we must start to ask hard questions of our industry, so we may do right not only by Harvey’s many victims, but also by young film lovers who, like all of us, just want to work in movies.”
To read the statement in full, head to The New Yorker. Our thoughts are with all those affected.