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Tom Hanks said wasn’t surprised about Harvey Weinstein sexual harassmen
Tom Hanks said he wasn’t surprised about the sexual harassment and abuse allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein because of the way he’s seen rich and powerful people behave.
“Isn’t it all part and parcel to all of society somehow, that people in power get away with this?” Hanks told the New York Times Wednesday. “I know all kinds of people that just love hitting on, or making the lives of underlings some degree of miserable because they can.”
The “Forrest Gump” star added that people in power tend to think their achievements make them entitled.
“Somebody great said this, either Winston Churchill, Immanuel Kant or Oprah: ‘When you become rich and powerful, you become more of what you already are.’”
Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, noted he never worked with Weinstein, but that the accusations "all just sort of fits."
The veteran actor also told the Times he didn’t buy Weinstein’s excuse of growing up in a culture that condones sexual harassment: "Look I don’t want to rag on Harvey, but so obviously something went down there. You can’t buy, ‘Oh well I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s and so therefore…’ I did too," he said.
Hanks joins a chorus of stars, including Colin Firth, Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron, decrying the producer.