Filmmaker Michael Moore, TV mogul Oprah Winfrey and Project Runway host Heidi Klum are the latest Hollywood personalities to have spoken out against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual abuse.
Moore said the investigations into Weinstein’s “repugnant and abhorrent behavior” could “actually ignite a historic change in our society”. In a Facebook post titled ‘Use This Moment to Create a World Without Harveys’, the documentary filmmaker said this moment should be used to work towards ending women’s harassment in the industry. “Anyone with a flicker of a conscience or a modicum of decency stands, as I do, with the women who’ve summoned the courage to tell the truth about Harvey Weinstein. But well- meaning platitudes of support for the abused are simply not enough,” Moore wrote.
“Let’s use this moment to end the abuse of women in our industry. Let’s make this a call for men to take a stand against the men who perpetrate this corrosive, criminal behavior, to call them out and shut them down. We can do this. All it takes is the will and the decision to say ‘enough is enough!’,” he wrote.
His contract allowed sexual harassment
Harvey Weinstein had a contract drawn up in 2015, in which the board of his film company could not terminate his employment over sexual harassment claims if he paid off women to silence them — as long as he paid out the money himself, according to reports. The fine to the company was on a sliding scale, the gossip website TMZ reported — $250,000 for the first payout, $500,000 for the second such instance, $750,000 for the third, and $1 million for each additional instance.