Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, and Nicole Kidman united as they led a star-studded pledge to speak up against sexual assault, as accusations of misconduct continue to be leveled against men in positions of power.
‘I will not be silent,’ was the promise made by Jennifer, Emma, Nicole, and a slew of other celebrities in a video made by W Magazine.
Gal Gadot, Margot Robbie, Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Mary J. Blige were among the stars to band together in lending their support in the video.
‘I will not be silent’: Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, and Nicole Kidman led a star-studded pledge to speak up against sexual assault as accusations of misconduct leveled at powerful men continue to grow
Speaking up: Nicole stood defiantly as she made her promise to support survivors
The video began with a defiant Nicole speaking powerfully towards her audience, ‘I will not be silent.’
Andrew Garfield, Caroline Wolff, Daniel Kaluuya, Daniel Vega, Diane Kruger, Grace Van Patten, Hong Chau, Jessica Kolstad, Madeline Pachon, Michelle Williams, Oliver Pachon, Robert Pattinson, Salma Hayek, Saoirse Ronan, Sheena Rao, and Timothee Chalamet were also among those to lend their voices in the pledge.
Just months ago, scandal erupted when numerous women accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct and assault – an event that led to a number of other allegations of misconduct to be leveled at powerful men in Hollywood, news, and government.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer recalled her experience working with Harvey, who has been accused of rape and sexual harassment, explaining she was sickened to learn of the crimes he has been accused of.
Lending her support: Gal Gadot promised not to remain silent
United: Diane Kruger and Margot Robbie gave their support
‘He had only ever been nice to me – except for the moments that he wasn’t, and then I called him an a******, and we moved on,’ she began.
‘He was paternal to me. So I needed a moment to process everything because I thought I knew this guy, and then he’s being accused of rape. We all knew he was a dog, we knew that he was a -‘
Oprah, who was interviewing Jennifer, offered the word ‘brute.’
Speaking out: Mary J. Blige showed her support in the star-packed video
Promise: Jessica Chastain lent her support
‘A tough guy, a brute, a tough guy to negotiate with. I didn’t know that he was a rapist,’ said the X-Men star.
And it’s so widespread, the abuse, from so many different people — it’s directors, it’s producers — that I think everybody needed to [process it]. Everybody needs to deal with this in their own way; everybody needs to heal.’
She also said hearing Harvey plead with a woman to come into his hotel room was a sickening experience.
Lending his voice: Robert Pattinson also pledged his support
Speaking up: Andrew Garfield and Jake Gyllenhaal promised not to remain silent
Taking a stand: Daniel Kaluuya also lent his voice to the video
‘Being able to hear when the woman wore the microphone and Harvey was telling her to watch him shower — I felt sick in my bones for an entire day,’ she said.
‘I was just sick. I was just like, “I can’t,” after hearing that. And that’s why it’s so important to talk about abuse, all of the different forms of abuse, because he didn’t lay a finger on her, and I felt chilled to my bones.’
‘Imagine having a man who is that powerful telling you to do something [and] you’re saying no. [He’s] threatening you, saying, “Don’t embarrass me. We’re at this hotel.”
Jennifer said there needed to be ‘social change. Men need more social awareness.’
Speaking out: Michelle Williams and Salma Hayek also appeared
Gal, meanwhile, has made no secret of her desire to spark change in Hollywood as well.
The actress stars as Wonder Woman, and has revealed she will not return to her role in the upcoming sequel if producer Brett Ratner, who has also been accused of sexual misconduct, is connected to the follow-up.
‘Everyone knows the way that I feel because I’m not hiding anything,’ Gal, 32, recently told Today show host Savannah Guthrie.
Nicole also showed her support for those coming forward in a statement she released to People after allegations against Harvey emerged.
‘As I’ve stated before publicly, I support and applaud all women and these women who speak out against any abuse and misuse of power — be it domestic violence or sexual harassment in the workforce. We need to eradicate this behavior.’
Support: Saoirse Ronan gave her support for survivors
Timothée Chalamet promised to not remain silent