Since news broke of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged repeated sexual abuses, stars including Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence have stepped forward to support Weinstein’s accusers and condemn the disgraced producer’s alleged actions. Now, Blake Lively — who starred in the Weinstein Company’s 2007 indie film Elvis and Annabelle and spoke alongside Weinstein on a 2013 White House panel about the film industry for high schoolers — has weighed in on the scandal, too.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday to promote her upcoming film All I See Is You, Lively said that she never faced unwanted sexual advances from Weinstein. “That was never my experience with Harvey in any way whatsoever, and I think that if people heard these stories… I do believe in humanity enough to think that this wouldn’t have just continued,” she said. “I never heard any stories like this — I never heard anything specific — but it’s devastating to hear.”
Lively also stated her support for those speaking out against Weinstein, including the women who have accused him of sexual harassment and assault. “The number one thing that can happen is that people who share their stories, people have to listen to them and trust them, and people have to take it seriously,” she told THR. “As important as it is to remain furious about this, it’s important to also say that this exists everywhere so remember to look everywhere. This isn’t a single incident. This cannot happen, this should not happen, and it happens in every single industry.”
Lively added that sexual abuse is so widespread that those who experience it may not even see it for what it is: I’ve had plenty of things happen to me, whether it be trying on a dress for prom at some clothing store, to a director being inappropriate, to a guy walking down the street where you don’t think, ‘Oh well, that wasn’t actually sexual assault — this guy just, like, grabbed my butt.'”
“It’s important that women are furious right now,” she added. “It’s important that there is an uprising. It’s important that we don’t stand for this and that we don’t focus on one or two or three or four stories, it’s important that we focus on humanity in general and say, ‘This is unacceptable.'”
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