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Women speaking up is watershed moment for society, says George Clooney

The actor-director categorized as stupid filmmaker Woody Allen's remark that Hollywood had created a witch-hunt atmosphere.


Actor George Clooney hopes the current scenario in which women are speaking up on sexual harassment is a "watershed moment for society where women feel safe enough" to talk about the issue.

On Sunday, at the premiere of his latest directorial foray Suburbicon, Clooney talked about the issue, reports

"What we hope is this is a watershed moment for society where women feel safe enough to talk about this issue, feel believed, and where men who are committing these crimes and violations don't feel safe and feel as if they do these things they are going to be outed, sued, and may even get litigated and go to jail for it," Clooney said.

"If we can get to that point then we actually succeeded. This thing won't end up just being Harvey Weinstein jokes in three months," he said.

Stars like Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Patricia Arquette, Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen have all spoken out in one way or another. Clooney also spoke out against filmmaker Woody Allen's remark that Hollywood had created a "witch-hunt atmosphere" after several actresses blamed Weinstein of propositioning and sexually harassing them.

"That's a stupid thing to say," Clooney responded. "The reality is it's not a witch hunt to these women who were trapped in a hotel room and told they were going to get a part and then suddenly here comes Harvey Weinstein in his birthday suit. That's an assault. It's not just Hollywood, it's all of society and we are going to have to come to terms with it because we haven't yet.

"It's infuriating and it's also infuriating when I read stories about reporters who did investigations and didn't print it for 10 years. Then you go, 'Why didn't you print that story? I would have liked to have seen it. And I would like to know who brought actresses up to Harvey Weinstein's room and then left. I'd like to know that'."

Actor Matt Damon remains optimistic about how these reports can bring change. "I really do believe there is going to be major change. There won't be this type of behaviour anymore," he said.

Damon hopes victims of such crimes will speak out worldwide and not just in Hollywood.

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