Andy Serkis on the Harvey Weinstein allegations: 'There's no excuse'

With the scandal surrounding movie executive Harvey Weinstein taking an even darker turn on Tuesday — with the publication of a New Yorker story in which three women alleged that Weinstein raped them, followed by Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow coming forward to the New York Times saying Weinstein sexually harassed them — it’s all anyone in the industry can talk about.

Business Insider brought it up to Andy Serkis on Tuesday while he was doing press for his directorial debut, “Breathe” (opening in theatres on Friday). The actor’s claim to stardom was playing Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, a franchise that Weinstein was an executive producer on.

“I think there’s no excuse for a culture that allows for any kind of bullying or coercion or predatory behaviour, and I think we are behoove not just in this industry, but across all industries, to be vocal about that and to encourage and help and support people who are brave enough to come out,” Serkis said. “We have to challenge people who are in positions of authority if they behave badly.”

On Sunday, Weinstein was fired from running The Weinstein Company. When Business Insider asked Serkis if he would ever consider working with Weinstein in the future if he amazingly got back into the business, Serkis said he wouldn’t.

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