Charlize Theron not surprised by Weinstein scandal

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October 13, 2017
Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron isn't surprised about the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein.

The Snow White and the Huntsman actress has spoken out after the 65-year-old movie mogul was the subject of a damning New York Times exposE - which claimed he had sexually harassed a number of women over a 30-year period and paid off at least eight to keep their allegations quiet.

She insisted the "victims" should not be criticised for not speaking up before now, because they had too much to lose to confront such a powerful figure.

She wrote on Instagram: "Although I didn't have a personal experience like this with Harvey Weinstein, I unfortunately cannot say I'm surprised. This culture has always existed, not just in Hollywood but across the world. And many men in positions of power have gotten away with it for far too long."

Meanwhile, Colin Firth has admitted he felt sick when he read about the allegations against the producer - who produced his Oscar-winning film The King's Speech in 2011 - and praised the women who have spoken up.

He told The Guardian: "He was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to. It must have been terrifying for these women to step up and call him out. And horrifying to be subjected to that kind of harassment. I applaud their courage."