Recently, film mogul Harvey Weinstein has been hit by allegation after allegation of sexual harassment, assault and even rape.
Hollywood has been rocked by the scandal, with many actors saying they knew nothing of the abuse and were shocked and saddened by them.
A growing number of actresses have spoken out about their experiences with Weinstein. Gwenyth Paltrow was 22 when Weinstein suggested a massage from the young actress.
She refused and left feeling petrified. However, she was “expected to keep the secret” and thought she would be fired as the lead role in the film, ‘Emma’, if she didn’t.
In the late 1990s, another household name, Angelina Jolie, found herself in a hotel room with Weinstein where she rejected his unwanted advances. There are many other actresses who have similar disturbing allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
It was these allegations of deplorable behaviour that caused him to be expelled from the Oscars Academy last Saturday, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
A statement was released by the board, “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues, but also to send a message that the era of wilful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”
The academy is also considering nullifying the Oscar awarded to Harvey Weinstein for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999.
Meanwhile a video has surfaced on the Internet, from 2005, of singer Courtney Love warning young girls in Hollywood about Harvey Weinstein.
“If [he] invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons, don’t go.”
Lupita Nyong’o has spoken out against the “predator” in a letter published by The New York Times.
She accuses Weinstein of harassment and says he only apologised once she became famous.
Harvey Weinstein has released a statement via his spokeswoman, in which he denies the allegations and maintains that all relationships were “consensual”.
The director, Quentin Tarantino, worked with Weinstein on Pulp Fiction and admits he knew of an alleged assault and should have done more.