Colin Firth who won an Oscar with Weinstein for his role in The King's Speech has admitted that he feels ashamed for not acting on information he knew about the movie mogul.
His The Advocate co-star Sophie Dix has revealed how aged 22 she was assaulted by Weinstein in a room at the Savoy hotel where he pushed onto a bed and "tugged at her clothes".
In an interview with The Guardian she admitted the encounter was "the single most damaging thing that's happened in my life" and told of how he masturbated in front of her after she tried to escape the room.
Since speaking out, Firth has admitted that she had confessed to him about a "distressing encounter" with Weinstein and remembers her being "profoundly upset".
He released a statement which read:
"I am extremely pleased that Sophie is speaking out after so many years. I ran into her at a party some time after filming 'Hour of the Pig' – around 25 years ago. She told me she had had a distressing encounter with Harvey Weinstein. I don't think she went into all the horrific detail I've read in her interview. But I remember her being profoundly upset by it. To my shame, I merely expressed sympathy. I didn't act on what she told me."
He continued: "It was a long time ago and I don't know if she remembers telling me, but the fact that I had that conversation has come back to haunt me in the light of these revelations. It's the only direct account of this kind of behaviour by Harvey Weinstein that's ever been told to me."
"What I heard, it turns out, was part of a horrifying pattern. Other women have been hurt since. And those of us who didn't act on our one bit of knowledge – and especially those of us who went on to work with Weinstein – have that on our conscience."
"I admire Sophie's courage" he added. "This can't have been easy."
Dix thanked him for his statement saying: "I am delighted Colin has spoken and I remember him being very supportive at the time. It's never easy speaking out, but I wanted to help resolve this problem and show that women cannot be treated like this in the workplace."
Though the show of solidarity may come late, Firth certainly handling the situation better than James Corden did over the weekend.
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