Oscar-award winning actor Tom Hanks on Wednesday told The New York Times "it's kind of amazing" it took this long for the sexual assault allegations to come out about renowned film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein has been rocked by The New York Times report, and days later, an article in the New Yorker, documenting decades of legal settlements stemming from sexual harassment allegations, as well as accusations of rape and sexual assault from actresses and models.
"Just because you're rich and famous and powerful doesn't mean you aren't in some ways a big fat a–," Hanks told the Times. "Excuse me, take away 'fat.' But I'm not, you know, I'm not the first person to say Harvey's a bit of an a–. Poor Harvey — I'm not going to say poor Harvey, Jesus. Isn't it kind of amazing that it took this long? I'm reading it, and I'm thinking ‘You can’t do that to Ashley Judd! Hey, I like her. Don't do that. That ain't fair. Not her. Come on. Come on!'"
Judd was the first celebrity to go on the record about Weinstein in the Times.
When asked why Hollywood helped shelter Weinstein, Hanks replied, "Well, that's a really good question, and isn't it part and parcel to all of society somehow, that people in power get away with this?"
"Look, I don't want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went on down there. You can't buy, 'Oh, well, I grew up in the '60s and '70s and so therefore. . . .' I did, too. So, I think it's like, well, what do you want from this position of power? I know all kinds of people that just love hitting on, or making the lives of underlings some degree of miserable, because they can."
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