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Alan Cumming: ‘As someone who has experienced abuse in my own life, I understand how important it is to be heard’

I watched the footage of Harvey Weinstein being taken to court in handcuffs yesterday and felt sad for all the women he assaulted or bullied who must be reliving their abuse with him being back in the headlines. I remember when the whole thing erupted and images similar to this one being used to say how could it possibly be true if they (the women coming forward) had been willing to stand next to him at a party and smile? Today I stand in solidarity with those women and I post this picture to show that, although I was never sexually assaulted by him, like many people working in Hollywood I was bullied, I knew about Harvey’s hotel room massage meetings, his rages, his ability to get what he wanted by cajoling, threats or bribes and yet I still posed for this picture. I had no idea of the extent or the severity of his sexual crimes, but I can’t say it came as a surprise. Now, in this new #timesup world it seems incredible we were all so silent for so long. But these brave women who came forward and the journalists who told their stories have given us all the gift of an environment where we can express our discomfort and call out the likes of Harvey and his enablers and protectors. Just yesterday I decided not to attend an event because claims of assault and bullying within its organization have not been sufficiently well investigated, and worse, attempts were made to silence and demean the women who had come forward. As someone who has experienced abuse in my own life, I understand how important it is to be heard. The t shirt I’m wearing referred to George W Bush. I apologize. He isn’t the worst President ever. And while we’re at it, Republicans also need to clean their house and have the backbone to call out Trump for what he is: a bully, a liar, accused of multiple rapes and sexual assaults, a swaggering pussy grabber. I hope his fate is similar to Harvey’s.

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