Jim Davidson has weighed in on the scandal surrounding disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein – saying women also abuse their power over men.
The former Big Break presenter admitted he finds the details surrounding allegations of sexual assault against actresses by Weinstein to be ‘unpleasant’, before claiming that the Hollywood stalwart will be forever haunted by the claims.
Davidson – who was accused of sexual assault four years ago – also said that the ‘stigma’ attached to sexual offences doesn’t go away.
Sharing his thoughts on the allegations Weinstein is facing, Davidson told Good Morning Britain hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shepherd on Thursday morning: ‘It’s not very nice the stories that are coming up, there are allegations – it’s trial by television, I’d like to see if he is arrested and if he is charged.
‘It’s not very nice, all these things are very unpleasant,’ before seeming to reflect on his own experience, as he added: ‘It’s a stigma that doesn’t go away, I tell you.’
Davidson was then asked whether he believes that the showbiz industry has become renowned for those in powerful positions abusing their power, to which he replied: ‘I’m afraid men take advantage of women and women take advantage of men, that’s life.’
Before quickly appearing to shut down the conversation, adding: ‘I’d like to see how this story plays out.’
Back in 2013, the 63-year-old was accused of sexually assaulting 10 women up to 25-years-ago in an investigation launched as part of Operation Yewtree, the inquiry launched in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
He had protested his innocence throughout the inquiry and no charges against him were ever made and the investigation was subsequently dropped.
Meanwhile, Weinstein has been pictured for the first time since accusations against him surfaced.
He has been accused of sexual harassment by several actresses including Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie as well as assault and rape by three actresses including, indirectly, Rose McGowan.
Weinstein has admitted to some but not all of the allegations made against him. He has ‘unequivocally denied’ any allegations of non-consensual sex.
He is believed to be heading to a rehab centre in Arizona, following reports his daughter had phoned 911 to report him as ‘suicidal’.
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