The numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault brought against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have not only toppled his career but have also led to a growing number of others stepping forward and naming other men who routinely abused their power to prey on industry talent. In the past few weeks, director James Toback, director Steven Seagal, and House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey have all been implicated in the subsequent fallout. Actress Uma Thurman has so far chosen not to speak out—much of her work with Quentin Tarantino has been under Weinstein's production company—but when she was asked about the wave of sexual misconduct allegations on Friday night, her response was chilling.
Some of the victims have, of course, not come forward with allegations—each, understandably, has their own reasons for doing so, whether it's out of fear of professional repercussions, non-disclosure agreements, or far more personal ones. And it's not right to force anyone into doing so.
"I don't have a tidy soundbite for you," she began, speaking slowly and seeming to choose her words carefully. "Because I have learned—I am not a child, and I have learned that when I've spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself. So I’ve been waiting to feel less angry, and when I'm ready, I'll say what I have to say."
Although her words were vague, it's the seemingly controlled emotion that defines the clip:
Other women on Twitter came out to support Thurman—and some saw themselves in their interpretation of her response. Actress Asia Argento, who is one of Weinstein's accusers and had to leave her home country of Italy after she came out against him due to personal attacks from critics, also tweeted a statement urging her to voice her story—though Thurman makes it clear she's not yet ready.
This story originally appeared on Glamour.
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