Martin Clunes has become the latest star to speak out amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal, however, the 55-year-old actor has sparked outrage after criticising the way that some actresses behaved with the movie mogul.
Clunes worked with Weinstein for the 1998 film Shakespeare In Love, and seemingly spoke in his defence at a charity bash last night.
“If I did that to them I’d be…. I don’t know.
“It’s not news that these predators allowed some people to… Of course it’s absolutely ghastly.”
He added: “It’s a form of prostitution, the oldest game in the book.”
Clunes’ comments come after over 50 actresses and models came forward to accuse Weinstein of serious sexual assault and harassment – with some accusing the high-powered film producer of rape.
Weinstein, 65, has insisted that all sexual conduct has been consensual, with his spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister saying earlier this month: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.”
After Clunes’ comments broke, many fans took to social media to slam his remarks, with one writing: “What a repellent human being!”
@MartinClunes you are a creep for weighing in with defence for Harvey Weinstein. What if this had been your daughter, mother, wife?
— Jane Tiller (@JaneETiller) October 27, 2017
So Martin Clunes seems to think flirting with a man is equal to giving him permission to assault you…. Interesting
— Karen Mason (@AuthorKarenMaso) October 27, 2017
Yahoo Celeb UK have contacted Martin Clunes rep’ for comment.