'Unforgivable': Weinstein's wife says she wants a divorce as Blanchett, Kidman speak out
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- Dec. 3, 2012 file photo, producer Harvey Weinstein, left, and his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman (AAP)
Australia's leading female film stars have joined a growing chorus of condemnation as the scandal surrounding disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein deepens.
Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman onTuesday both spoke out against sexual harassment and abuse of power.
"Any man in a position of power or authority who thinks it's his prerogative to threaten, intimidate or sexually assault any woman he encounters or works alongside needs to be called to account," Blanchett, who worked with the Weinstein Co on films such as Carol and The Aviator, said.Related reading Obamas 'disgusted' by Weinstein revelations Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on Tuesday said they were 'disgusted' by the growing allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a longtime Democratic Party donor. Weinstein accused of rape as Paltrow, Jolie allege Hollywood mogul harassed them Italian film star Asia Argento and two other women claim that disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein raped them, in a bombshell New Yorker expose published on Tuesday.
Kidman - who collaborated with Weinstein on some of her most successful films, including Lion, Cold Mountain and Grace of Monaco - applauded the women who had spoken out.
"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," Kidman said.
Meanwhile in a statement to People magazine, Weinstein's fashion designer wife Georgina Chapman described her husband's behaviour as "unforgivable".
Ms Chapman told People: "My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions.
"I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time."
The latest developments came just hours after two of Hollywood's b iggest movie stars, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, both claimed they had been sexually harassed by Weinstein - the latest in a string of women to make allegations against him.
Barack and Michelle Obama became the latest high-profile figures to condemn the producer, saying they were "disgusted" by the reports.
Weinstein has rejected many of the allegations and issued a vehement denial over three allegations of rape which emerged on Tuesday.
Speaking to the New York Times, Paltrow claimed Weinstein summoned her to his suite at a Beverly Hills hotel after he had hired her as a lead for 1996 hit Emma. She said he placed his hands on her and suggested they head to the bedroom for massages.
She told the New York Times: "I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified," adding she confided in her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt who confronted Weinstein which led to him threatening her not to tell anyone else.
Pulp Fiction star Rosanna Arqu ette and French actress Judith Godreche made similar accusations, according to the New York Times - while Jolie said he made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room.
High profile women's rights lawyer Gloria Allred has issued a challenge to Weinstein to provide "justice" for his accusers through an independent arbitration or confidential mediation.
Allred was speaking alongside former actress Louisette Geiss, who claimed Weinstein begged her to watch him masturbate at a hotel during Sundance festival in 2008.Source: Google News