Harvey Weinstein scandal: Sexual harassment of women by powerful men is about power, says Priyanka Chopra

20 October 2017, 07:45 PM

In a discussion at 2017 Marie Claire Power Trip, Priyanka Chopra has said that people like Harvey Weinstein are not just confined to Hollywood, they are found everywhere. 

Priyanka said that sexual harassment of women at the hands of powerful men is a universal phenomenon adding that this is not because of lust but about wielding control over people, reported Marie Claire.

"I don't think there's 'a' Weinstein. I don't even think there's one Weinstein in Hollywood. There are a lot more men, and not just in India, but everywhere else. Just men trying to take away power (from women).

"It is not about sex, it is about power. About putting a woman in 'her lane.' For the longest time women have been told only one of us will survive. Only the best girl will get the job. But that just can't be tolerated anymore," Priyanka told Anne Fulewider.

"In our business, if you don't stroke someone's ego, or network, you're threatened that you'll not get that movie. Or this 'big boys club' will get together and boycott you.

"So, as a woman you feel alone, that my work might get shattered, because this club can just take that away. It's an isolating feeling. The easiest thing to take away from a woman is her work," she said.

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had been accused of sexual harassment and rape by several women following which his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was revoked by its board.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 07:35 PM

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