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Donald Trump Jr’s attack on Jimmy Kimmel over Harvey Weinstein sex scandal backfires badly

Monday - 09/10/2017 15:19
DONALD Trump Jr tried to call out US late night host Jimmy Kimmel over the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal. It backfired badly.
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been fired from his film studio, the Weinstein Company. Picture: AFP/Loic VenanceSource:AFP
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been fired from his film studio, the Weinstein Company. Picture: AFP/Loic VenanceSource:AFP

DONALD Trump Jr went after US late night host Jimmy Kimmel for his supposed silence over the sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. It didn’t go very well.

And Hollywood legends Meryl Streep and Judi Dench have joined a growing chorus of celebrities condemning Weinstein’s alleged conduct.

WEINSTEIN SCANDAL: TV anchor’s shocking allegation

 

Donald Trump Jr. Picture: AP Photo/Brynn Anderson
Donald Trump Jr. Picture: AP Photo/Brynn AndersonSource:AP
Jimmy Kimmel. Picture: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images
Jimmy Kimmel. Picture: Joshua Blanchard/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
   

The eldest son of President Donald Trump asked Kimmel on Twitter over the weekend what he thought of the claims against liberal campaigner Weinstein.

Quoting Kimmel’s response to his father’s tweet about late night hosts’ “anti-Trump” material, Donald Jr brought up the sex claims:

“Great I look forward to your monologues next week. You’re probably due for a change if only for a moment or two,” Trump Jr replied to Kimmel’s sarcastic reply.

But his goading didn’t go down well. Kimmel hit back with a link to the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged that “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything... grab ’em by the pussy”.

Trump Jr hasn’t yet responded.

Hollywood heavyweights have begun to speak out against movie mogul Weinstein after days of silence.

The most prominent was actress Meryl Streep, who has starred in a host of Weinstein movies and once jokingly referred to him as a “god”.

“The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes,” Streep said in a statement to the Huffington Post.

Meryl Streep has hit out at producer Harvey Weinstein. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Meryl Streep has hit out at producer Harvey Weinstein. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

She continued: “One thing can be clarified. Not everybody knew. Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offences: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts.

“And if everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.

The behaviour is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar. Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”

Dame Judi Dench with Harvey Weinstein in 2002. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Dame Judi Dench with Harvey Weinstein in 2002. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Dame Judi Dench — who’s said she had Weinstein’s initials tattooed on her rear for launching her Hollywood career — can’t turn the other cheek when it comes to his alleged sex harassment.

“Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past twenty years, I was completely unaware of these offenses, which are, of course horrifying and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out,” the 82-year-old said in a statement, first reported by Newsweek.

Other Hollywood heavyweights who have condemned Weinstein’s alleged behaviour include Michael Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Chastain and Patricia Arquette.

                 

Source: News Corp Australia Network:

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