UPDATE: Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and countless other actresses have now gone on record with The Times about sexual harassment and advances by Harvey Weinstein. Hillary Clinton also weighed in on Weinstein, who has been a longtime Democratic donor.

Gwyneth Paltrow Says She Was Harassed By Harvey Weinstein Gwyneth Paltrow was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein.

Angelina Jolie Harassed By Harvey Weinstein Angelina Jolie also said Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her early on in her career.

George Clooney and Jennifer Lawrence came forward earlier to denounce Harvey Weinstein's behavior as disturbing and inexcusable.

"It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with," George Clooney told the Daily Beast. "Harvey’s admitted to it, and it’s indefensible. I’ve known Harvey for 20 years. He gave me my first big break as an actor in films on From Dusk Till Dawn, he gave me my first big break as a director with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. 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."

"I’ve heard rumors, and the rumors in general started back in the ’90s, and they were that certain actresses had slept with Harvey to get a role. It seemed like a way to smear the actresses and demean them by saying that they didn’t get the jobs based on their talent, so I took those rumors with a grain of salt," Clooney, 56, continued. "But the other part of this, 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. 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."

George Clooney Said Weinstein's Actions Were 'Indefensible' "It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with," George Clooney told the Daily Beast.

Jennifer Lawrence also weighed in yesterday, giving a statement to Just Jared. "I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein's behavior. I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting. ... My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward."

Like Clooney, Lawrence, 27, got a tremendous amount of help from Weinstein. His production company worked on Silver Linings Playbook, the film for which she won an Oscar at an early age.

Ben Affleck, 45, weighed in on Twitter, saying he was saddened and angry: 


Nicole Kidman, 50, gave a statement to People: "As I’ve stated before publicly, I support and applaud all women and these women who speak out against any abuse and misuse of power — be it domestic violence or sexual harassment in the workforce. ... We need to eradicate this behavior."

J.Law Spoke Out Against Sexual Harassment Jennifer Lawrence's career was propelled by the film 'Silver Linings Playbook,' which Harvey Weinstein's company produced.

Less than a week after The New York Times' bombshell story documenting decades of sexual harassment by Weinstein, Hollywood seems to be falling into three camps: 1) those who are still reluctant to speak 2) those who are issuing long statements denouncing his actions 3) those who want to continue an ongoing conversation on Twitter, on the Times' opinion page and on other platforms.

Thus far, Lena Dunham, Rose McGowan, Amber Tamblyn and Jessica Chastain are four of the women leading the way on Twitter, urging more conversation and less silence.

Dunham who wrote a thought-provoking piece on the Times' op-ed page, bolstered her commentary on Twitter.




   Lena Dunham Lena Dunham wrote a thought-provoking piece about Harvey Weinstein for the op-ed page of The New York Times.  

Donna Karan also prompted much discussion on Twitter last night, but for a different reason.

Appearing at an event, Karan was questioned on the red carpet and she said: Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman are "wonderful" people.

She implied that instead of blaming Weinstein women should take a look at themselves and what message they are sending with their clothes. "How do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking?" she asked on the red carpet. "Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and sexuality?"

"You look at everything all over the world today, how women are dressing and what they’re asking by just presenting themselves the way they do," the designer continued. "What are they asking for? Trouble."

Many women were outraged. Karan, who views herself as a feminist, seemed to be suggesting that the sexual harassment was the victims' fault. Karan quickly issued a statement apologizing:  "Last night, I was honored at the Cinemoi Fashion Film Awards in Hollywood and while answering a question on the red carpet I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe."

   Donna Karan Apologized For Harvey Weinstein Comments Donna Karan apologized for her Harvey Weinstein comments, which she said were misunderstood and taken out of context.

"I have spent my life championing women. My life has been dedicated to dressing and addressing the needs of women, empowering them and promoting equal rights," she continued. "My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein."

"I believe that sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is an issue that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual," the designer concluded. "I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim."

Whether off-the-cuff or planned, on Twitter or via phone, all the celebs' comments raise more questions. Are the statements leading to the right kind of conversations? Are Twitter and the op-ed page the right vehicles for this discussion? Will denouncing the actions of one man spur the change that Lena Dunham is looking for?

Rose McGowan "Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies. #bebrave," Rose McGowan wrote on Twitter.

Doesn't this kind of behavior start earlier in schools, locker rooms and frat houses? Many women feel parents and teachers should be addressing this topic at early ages. Others suggest there should be required sexual harassment training at large companies for all employees.

Women should never be penalized for coming forward. And men should understand there will always be consequences. Quickly ... not decades later.

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