Women’s March says people like Harvey Weinstein can ‘no longer be tolerated’
As the disgraced Hollywood exec faces rape charges, the movement voices its support to those who faced him and others in similar situations
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is facing more rape charges and has turned himself in this morning after being arrested for committing a number of criminal sex acts and sexual abuse against two women, according to the New York Police Department.
The women, former actress Lucia Evans, and another alleged victim of rape who has not yet been identified, claim that Weinstein violated them, reports Variety.
The allegations are in line with the barrage of claims lodged against Weinstein by 80 other women over the past year in the entertainment industry who say they were raped or suffered sexual assault or bullied into non-consensual sex with him.
The Women’s March, which has sought to support the women who were abused by Weinstein, released a statement after his arrest.
“This is an important day in terms of visibility for all women whose lives have been devastated because of the actions of Harvey Weinstein. We seek justice for women and all people who have been harassed and abused in the workplace. No person should be violated at work, or anywhere else. Ever. Toxic masculinity and misogyny can no longer be ignored or tolerated at the workplace or any other place in society. We stand with the brave women who came forward against Harvey Weinstein. We hope their courage will continue to inspire others to break theeir silence.”
This year’s Women’s March grew into a national event surrounding the #MeToo movement. People spoke out against sexual assault and harassment, and it was sparked by accusations of misconduct made against a growing number of powerful men in and outside of Hollywood—namely Harvey Weinstein.
Activist Tamika Mallory an activist became the national co-chair for the Women’s March and is among the most visible African-American involved with the movement along with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke.
Joining the march were many powerful women in Hollywood like actresses Alyssa Milano, Lupita Nyong’o, Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Tamblyn and Patricia Arquette.
Nyong’o revealed last year that she was sexually harassed by Weinstein in an op-ed piece for The New York Times.
Weinstein was scheduled to appear in court on Friday afternoon.