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Kristen Stewart Slams Harvey Weinstein, Supports Victims At Elle Women In Hollywood Awards (VIDEO)

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Kristen Stewart Harvey Weinstein Speech

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Kristen Stewart Harvey Weinstein Speech

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Kristen Stewart slammed Harvey Weinstein and expressed support for victims of sexual assault and harassment at the Elle Women In Hollywood Awards on Monday. Stewart was in attendance to honor her close friend, Riley Keough, with whom she starred in The Runaways. See the video below.

Though Stewart didn’t mention Weinstein by name, she made it abundantly clear about whom she was speaking when she stepped up to the podium at the star-studded ceremony. “I just want to express how thankful I am to hear what is typically a sort of like murmured pseudo-conversation because we’ve all been talking about this forever, not to make it specific but it is, about this [expletive],” she said to applause and cheers. “It’s just like one of those conversations we’ve all had a million times be so loud amongst people who really care about that.”

Stewart, reading off remarks she had prepared on her phone, continued, “If I had someone close to me feel like they couldn’t be helped or were subject to that type of manipulation or torment or fear, of any kind really, especially in regards to being in our realm, where we work, where we have taken very apparent strides towards something not quite equal, but somewhere hopeful for sure, I would feel sick, and [I] do, because I know a lot of these women.”

“So, kudos to those who felt hopeful enough and comfortable enough to be caught and received and heard by those around them, that made it okay to allow themselves to feel better,” she said. “Because you need to allow yourself to feel better when you feel that bad. And it takes help and we can all be proud of that notion and perpetuate it by saying that we have got you affirmatively.”

Stewart went on to stress that indecency against women doesn’t just happen by executives or to top stars. She shared, “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve saved makeup artists — because it trickles down to makeup artists, camera assistants — from DPs that are like, ‘Hey babe.’ It happens on lesser scales, too. And, when I say like ‘saved,’ I mean momentarily been like, ‘Hey, don’t, [expletive].’ And then they’re embarrassed for one second, but then it just keeps going every single day.”

“So, I would say let’s be aware of this on every level,” Stewart urged. “I can tell you that those girls are as duct-taped as one could possibly be, because they’re in fear of getting their next job, as every actress, too.” The Weinstein scandal and the issues it brought up were, understandably, a big topic of conversation at the event. Jennifer Lawrence revealed she was once forced to do a “nude line-up,” and Reese Withespoon confessed she was sexually assaulted by a director at the age of 16. See the video below of Stewart speaking.

 


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