The Weinstein Company’s 2017 Oscar Hopeful Condemns Harvey Weinstein

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Normally at this time of year,

Harvey Weinstein would be in the thick of planning an aggressive Oscar strategy for The Weinstein Company’s latest prestige pictures. But this is no normal autumn for Weinstein, now that the New York Times and the New Yorker have uncovered scores of sordid allegations against the power producer. Dozens of women—including actresses like

Rose McGowan,

Ashley Judd,

Gwyneth Paltrow, and

Angelina Jolie—have stepped forward, saying that Weinstein either sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them. The backlash has been swift; everyone from

Meryl Streep to

George Clooney to

Viola Davis has condemned Weinstein, as have

Hillary Clinton and the >Obamas

, both of whom received donations from Weinstein in the past.

And now another voice is adding to the chorus: Oscar nominee

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Thomas Edison in The Current War—a film that is also The Weinstein Company’s big Oscar hope for this season. At least, it was supposed to be. In the wake of the news about Weinstein, Cumberbatch himself has released a statement expressing his shock at the producer’s alleged behavior.

“I am utterly disgusted by the continuing revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s horrifying and unforgivable actions,” the actor said. “We need to collectively stand up and support victims of abuse such as the brave and inspiring women who have spoken out against him and say we hear you and believe you.

“That way others may be emboldened by our support to come forward and speak. But we shouldn’t wait until there are any more stories like this. We, as an industry and as a society at large, need to play our part. There has to be zero tolerance of any such behavior in any walk of life. We owe that to these women’s bravery in coming forward.”

It’s hard to imagine The Current War gliding seamlessly through award season, given its association with Weinstein—which marks a huge change of pace. Over the last 28 years, Weinstein has had 26 films in the best picture race; he also won a producing Oscar in 1999, when Shakespeare in Love took the top prize. Even under normal circumstances, The Current War might not have been among those movies—the historical drama has less buzz than awards contenders like Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird, and it received lackluster reviews when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year. Then again, in the past, Weinstein had a knack for getting awards attention even for tepidly-received films; remember August, Osage County#Accolades)?

At least one thing is certain: Weinstein himself won’t be around to spin this, or his company’s reputation. TMZ reports that the disgraced producer left the country on Tuesday night in a private jet, bound for a sex addiction rehabilitation center in Europe.

Meanwhile, Weinstein’s personal life and career have continued to crumble. Shortly before that news broke, his wife—designer

Georgina Chapman—announced, in a statement to >People, that she is leaving her husband. “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time,” Chapman said.

Aside from releasing statements, the film world has also continued to shun Weinstein in other ways. The USC School of Cinematic Arts recently announced that it is rejecting a $5 million pledge Weinstein made, which was supposed to set up an endowment for female filmmakers. Weinstein has also been suspended from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts—a bellwether for what might happen to his membership with the Oscar voting body, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.

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