'Everybody Has to Keep Listening to What Is Going On': Kenneth Branagh Praises the 'Gutsy' Women Who Have Come Forward In the Wake of the Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Daily Mail, 23 October 2017
By Daily Mail Australia Reporter

Countless celebrities have been speaking out in support of the women going public with their stories of sexual harassment and abuse in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein assault allegations.

And the latest star to step forward is Hollywood filmmaker Kenneth Branagh, who has heaped praise on the 'gutsy' women who have been brave enough to go public with their stories.

'Everybody has to keep listening to what is going on,' he told the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.

'A lot of gutsy people have been speaking up about something that is difficult... I have unreserved admiration for the people who have had the guts to come up with stuff that has to be spoken about.'

Numerous female actresses in Hollywood have spoken out, accusing producer and studio executive Weinstein of unwanted advances.

And in The Daily Telegraph's Confidential on Friday, Jessica Gomes shared her thoughts on the brave women taking a stand against sexual harassment.

'We've been given a platform to have a voice,' the 33-year-old told the publication.

During an appearance at the launch of JET swimwear's new collection, Jessica said: 'I think we're being really empowered and taking a stand for certain things, and I think it's really amazing.

'I think it's a really great time to be in Hollywood for women because we've been given a platform to have a voice,' the budding actress continued.

Numerous celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench and Kate Winslet have slammed film producer and studio executive Harvey Weinstein.

Harvey, 65, was fired earlier this month from his own film studio, three days after a bombshell New York Times report alleged that he had preyed on young women hoping to break into the film industry.

Weinstein's accusers - who include celebrities such as Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd - say the tycoon had promised to help advance their careers in exchange for sexual favours.

Italian star Asia Argento also accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in 1997 at a party hosted by Miramax at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in an article published by the New Yorker.

She claims the mogul led her to an empty room and asked her to give him a massage.

She reluctantly agreed, and halfway through he began to perform oral sex on her after forcibly lifting up her skirt despite her repeated requests for him to stop.

More actresses have come out with their stories of sexual harassment at Weinstein's hands, including Hollywood icons Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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