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Keira releases statement about Harvey Weinstein

Keira Knightley has joined the chorus of condemnation which has greeted the numerous revelations about Harvey Weinstein, the man behind two of her own film hits. Knightley, who won a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her part in the Weinstein produced drama The Imitation Game and was photographed with him at Hollywood parties, said she was “profoundly shocked” by reports of his “disgusting behaviour”, in an statement sent to The Telegraph.

I worked with Mr Weinstein twice and although he was bullish in his marketing of the films, he was always professional with me. I am profoundly shocked by the reports of his disgusting behaviour.

I had heard rumours of his tantrums and bullying but not of the extreme sexual harassment and abuse that is coming to light now.

I would like to applaud the extraordinary bravery of the women who are coming forward. It is only through acts of bravery like this that we will see change.

I believe we need a serious discussion about women’s treatment in the workplace and the culture that allows people like Mr Weinstein to so abhorrently abuse their power. It would be naive to assume that this is an isolated case in the film industry or any other and while women remain so underrepresented across all professions and in politics, they remain at risk.