'This industry is complicit': Jessica Chastain hits out at Hollywood's decades-long history of sexual abuse in light of Harvey Weinstein scandal... as she calls for 'more women in positions of power'
Harvey Weinstein's accusations of sexual abuse have led to a plethora of high-profile men in the entertainment industry facing similar allegations after decades of silence.
And Jessica Chastain is now speaking out about the scandal that continues to rock Hollywood, revealing that she herself had a run-in with the disgraced producer after he attempted to get her to 'pimp out' her best friend.
Speaking to ES magazine, the 40-year-old actress said: 'Yeah, he tried to get me to pimp out my best friend Jess Weixler. Like very flirtatious, "Oh I’ve got such a crush on her - you got to help me."
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Speaking out: In a new interview with ES magazine, Jessica Chastain has spoken out about her own experiences with Harvey Weinstein, in light of his sexual abuse allegations
'He’s incredibly friendly but also very volatile. He normalised the abuse. But everyone in this industry is complicit. We’re all part of the problem.
'I heard the rumours even before I entered the industry. So we have to ask ourselves, why was it okay? Why are agents sending actresses to meetings in hotel rooms??
'It goes back to the days of Fatty Arbuckle, Louis B Mayer, Jack Warner. Shirley Temple said in her biography that when she was 12, a producer pulled out his penis!
Complicit: The Oscar-winning actress has deemed disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein (pictured) the 'symptom' of a system that has been 'complicit' in Hollywood
'So we can look at Harvey as though he was the cancer or we can be realistic. He’s not the disease, he’s the symptom.'
While Harvey, 65, has retreated from an industry he once dominated following accusations of sexual abuse from more than 80 women over a 30-year period, Jessica believes there's an achievable solution to changing the status quo.?
The actress believes that there should be 'more women in positions of power' in the film industry, in order to improve the way in which Hollywood works.??
Who runs the world: The California native believes that Hollywood would benefit greatly if more women were given positions of power in the industry
She explained: 'Like a safe place in this industry for women to go if something has happened to them. And we need movie studios with a board that’s not one gender.
More women filmmakers, writers and producers. The one huge thing that we’ve never tried in Hollywood is putting more women in positions of power.'???
Out now: Read the full interview in this week's edition of ES magazine, out now
Jessica, who married her long-term partner Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in June, is currently on the promotional trail for her latest film Molly's Game.
The movie, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, is based on the true-life story of Molly Bloom (Chastain) who is an injured Olympic skier who goes on to run the most exclusive high-stakes poker game in the world.
Her character is forced to be worldly as she battles her way through a highly male-dominated world.?
The film is Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut after writing blockbuster hits A Few Good Men, The Social Network and Steve Jobs.
Molly's Game is scheduled for limited release in the United States on Christmas Day, before having its nationwide release on January 5.?
Jessica Chastain's full interview appears in this week’s edition of ES Magazine, out on Thursday 30th November.?
On the promotional trail: Jessica, married to?Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo (pictured), is currently promoting her latest film, Molly's Game
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