- Ben Affleck
- Woody Allen
“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved," Allen told BBC. “Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up. There's no winners in that, it's just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.”
In his initial statement, Allen also warned against a “witch hunt atmosphere.”
“You also don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself. That’s not right either,” he said.
After Allen was criticized for his initial comments, he expanded on his statements to Variety, saying, “When I said I felt sad for Harvey Weinstein I thought it was clear the meaning was because he is a sad, sick man. I was surprised it was treated differently. Lest there be any ambiguity, this statement clarifies my intention and feelings,” he said.
- Kevin Bacon
- Jeff Bridges
“Talk about facing your fear, he’s gotta face his demons now,” Bridges told Variety. “I wish him the best of luck with that, he needs to lean in and really face those things.”
- George Clooney
“It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with,” 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."
“Maybe Cosby was the watershed moment. I think Roger Ailes was also a watershed moment, because it concerned an establishment figure up to some very shady stuff. But this isn’t a right or a left issue; this is a moral issue. We’re all going to have to be more diligent about it and look for any warning signs. Before, people weren’t paying enough attention to it. Now we have to. This is the moment to start scaring people like this into not acting this way anymore,” he said.
- Ryan Coogler
- Coogler’s first feature film, “Fruitvale Station,” was produced by Weinstein.
- Judd Apatow
- Matt Damon
“Look, even before I was famous, I didn’t abide this kind of behavior. But now, as the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night,” Damon said in an interview with Deadline. “This is the great fear for all of us ... I did five or six movies with Harvey. I never saw this. I think a lot of actors have come out and said, everybody’s saying we all knew. That’s not true.”
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Paul Feig
“These women are enormously brave for coming out and I know this is the hardest thing in the world to come out like this, and it’s great. But they can’t do it alone. They need men speaking out,” Feig, the director of “Bridesmaids” and “Freaks and Geeks,” told Huffington Post.
“What I want to say very loudly is that this is one monster that was found. It’s not like we found the one guy; this is happening everywhere. It gets my blood boiling because this is against everything we’re trying to do. This is really, really wrong, so it’s good that somebody gets called out like this. A lot of powerful people need to get called out, and men have to speak out when this kind of thing happens.”
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson
- Colin Firth
“It’s with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting from Harvey Weinstein’s support,” Firth told The Guardian. “He was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to. It must have been terrifying for these women to step up and call him out. And horrifying to be subjected to that kind of harassment. I applaud their courage. By coming forward they’ve provided a jolting wake up throughout our industry. I hope it’s going to be a help to others, both in our own industry and elsewhere.”
- Josh Gad
- Ryan Gosling
- James Gunn
In a long, detailed, expletive-laced Facebook post titled “On Sexual Predators in Hollywood (and the World),” director James Gunn penned his thoughts.
“Sexual predation is rife in Hollywood. But it’s also rife EVERYWHERE. As evinced by the stories I heard Friday night, some men – probably a much larger percentage than any of us want to be true – try to coerce women (or children or other men) sexually, and they will try and do so when they get any small amount of power. They are movie stars and network heads and world famous bloggers – but they are also fast food restaurant managers and used car salesmen and, as I learned as a child (and tried to speak out and was shut down), priests,” he wrote.
- Tom Hanks
“I think we are at a watershed moment," Tom Hanks told BBC News. “I think his last name will become a noun and a verb, become an identifying moniker for a state of being, which there is a before and after.”
Hanks also commented on Weinstein and the allegations in a New York Times interview with writer Maureen Down.
“I’ve never worked with Harvey,” Hanks said. “But, aah, it all just sort of fits, doesn’t it?”
“Look, I don’t want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went down there. You can’t buy, ‘Oh, well, I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s and so therefore. ...’ I did, too. So I think it’s like, well, what do you want from this position of power? I know all kinds of people that just love hitting on, or making the lives of underlings some degree of miserable, because they can,” he added.