As allegations of sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein continue to surface, actress Blake Lively has commented on the allegations, stating that she wasn’t aware of the rumours about Harvey’s actions before the allegations surfaced.
Blake opened up about the allegations to The Hollywood Reporter during a press conference this week for her new movie All I See Is You, saying:
“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.”
Blake went on to talk about the importance of taking these allegations seriously, saying:
“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 said. “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.”
“It happens to women all over the place, all the time, to the point where women don’t even think that this is a real assault,” Blake continued. “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. 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.'”
You can read the New York Times’ initial story on Weinstein here.