As the breadth of accusations against Harvey Weinstein seem to grow exponentially, more Hollywood fixtures are speaking out about their experiences with sexual harassment and more. This weekend, that grew to include Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman.
Pfeiffer has never worked with Weinstein, but she told the BBC that the scandal amplifies how systemic issues of sexual harassment are within the film industry. In an interview, she described her own encounters with predatory people:
“I have had some experiences and, I have to say, since this has all come out there really hasn’t been one woman that I’ve talked to who hasn‘t had an experience. And it just really goes to show you how systemic the problem is.”
Pfeiffer said that for the first time, she’s been having conversations about harassment with women she’s known her “whole life,” adding that there’s a lot of reflection going on for both “men and women.”
“I was thinking myself, thinking back and thinking, well, you know, where’s that line between, ‘Oh I got hit on’ and ‘I was inappropriately [approached]’?’”
Also this weekend, on the red carpet for Uma Thurman’s new Broadway play, Access Hollywood asked Thurman about “women speaking out in the workplace.” The actor, visibly seething, refused to share any specific comment, aside from calling it “commendable.” But she did promise that when she feels “less angry” she’ll say what she has to say about Weinstein and the nuclear fallout since.
Thurman has been the muse of director Quentin Tarantino, starring in a number of his biggest movies, including Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. Tarantino worked closely with Weinstein and has admitted to knowing of the allegations against him for years.