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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.

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Keira Among U.K. Celebrities Opposing Brexit

Benedict Cumberbatch, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Keira Knightley are among more than 250 personalities from the British entertainment and arts world who have signed a letter urging Brits to vote to remain in the European Union next month.

In an open letter published in the Guardian, they warn that in the case of a British exit from the EU, a so-called Brexit, the country would become “an outsider shouting from the wings.”

Filmmakers Danny Boyle and Sam Taylor-Johnson, music star Paloma Faith, designer Vivienne Westwood and author John Le Carre are among the other signatories of the letter, coordinated by “Stronger,” the official pro-EU campaign that prime minister David Cameron is also supporting.

“Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative,” the letter also says. “Our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away.”

It further argues: “From the Bard [William Shakespeare] to Bowie, British creativity inspires and influences the rest of the world. We believe that being part of the EU bolsters Britain’s leading role on the world stage.”

The referendum deciding whether the U.K. remains in the EU takes place on June 23. Cameron’s ruling Conservative Party is split on the issue, with former London mayor Boris Johnson being a vocal supporter of a Brexit.

The Hollywood Reporter