Harvey Weinstein's name will forever be linked to sex abuse allegations in Hollywood but one name that we should remember for all the right reasons is Alyssa Milano.
The actress, producer and activist started a campaign to highlight and take a stand against sexual abuse and the #meToo campaign has gone viral.
She asked people to respond to her tweet, below, by replying ‘me too’ if they had been sexually harassed or assaulted. Over 58,000 people responded, including a number of celebrities and over six million people were talking about the #MeToo campaign on Facebook.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
Amongst the people who responded were Anna Paquin, Debra Messing, Lady Gaga, Rose McGowan, and Rosario Dawson, as you'll see below.
According to Twitter over a half a million people tweeted the hashtag and the important thing about all of this? People are talking, lids are being lifted and action is being taken.
That is key for us all, our daughters, our sons, any would-be future victims of perverted predators, that we give each other the tools to not only call anyone responsible out on past disgusting, illegal behaviour but also that we know what to do if we experience it in the future.
That society is saying: Enough. It's over. We're calling this vile, evil behaviour and those responsible have to face the consequences.
Not only that but we're opening up the debate on other valid arguments that we need to inform and educate around, such as the point raised by Ella Luo below,
When women speak up about sexual assault, they get the blame, not men. 'Why didn't you say earlier?' 'Why didn't you stop it?' #MeToo— Ella Luo (@luo_ella) October 17, 2017
.Anna Paquin's response:
Me too— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) October 15, 2017
.Debra Messing joined in:
Me too https://t.co/ScX67Kmmiy— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 15, 2017
As did Lady Gaga:
Anna Suskind had this to say:
.Rosario Dawson made her point very clearly:
Alice Evans is the latest actress to speak out about her experience with Harvey Weinstein and no matter how many accounts we read and hear about, each one is as disturbing and disgusting as the last:
"Oddly, despite having heard endless stories about massages and hand-jobs in hotel rooms, it doesn’t even cross my mind — not for a second — that he might try the same on me," she wrote in an essay for the Telegraph, The Vampire Diaries.
She was at a party in Cannes in 2002 and was excited to meet Harvey because her then boyfriend, now husband, Ioan Gruffudd, had just auditioned for him.
Weinstein said: "Yes, he did a great job. He’s very talented" before asking her to accompany him into the bathroom.
"Just go. I’m right behind you. I want to touch your tits. Kiss you a little," he allegedly said.
When Evans refused, Weinstein told her: "Let’s hope it all works out for your boyfriend."
She added: "I was never again considered for a Weinstein film, and neither was Ioan.
"I’ll never know if my refusal to be sexually available for Mr. Weinstein at the moment he fancied his little fix had me blacklisted, or whether I’m inflating my own importance in a much bigger picture."
She added: "I’m heartened by the many who have spoken out in recent days not just against Harvey, but a culture of sexual bullying within the industry that’s neither a ‘game’ nor part of some quaint movie tradition but unacceptable on a very basic human level."