Oprah Winfrey stopped by CBS This Morning on Wednesday and talked about the ongoing Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal.
Winfrey starred in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which was distributed by The Weinstein Company.
This was the first time she spoke in a televised appearance about the allegations against Weinstein. She first discussed it in a Facebook post on October 12.
“I’m always trying to look for the rainbow in the cloud, whatever is the silver lining. And this is what I do know for sure: Something this major happens, when you have the fallout, 50 women coming forward, that it’s a watershed moment.”
She continued, “What I do believe is actually happening is that, first of all, it’s triggering a lot of unreleased pain, repressed anger, guilt and suffering that a lot of women have had. Everybody has a story and so I think this is a watershed moment. If we make this just about Harvey Weinstein, then we will have lost this moment…I think this is a moment, where no matter what business you work in, the women who not only had the disease to please, that’s a part of it, but who felt that in order to keep my job, to keep my position, in order to keep moving forward…I’ve got to smile. I’ve gotta look the other way. I’ve gotta pretend he didn’t say that. He didn’t touch me. Those days are about to be over…A lot of women have been silenced and I know being a victim of child sexual abuse that when you feel like you cannot be heard and then other people start speaking out, it makes you feel like ‘Oh, now I can speak out, too.”
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