By Amber Randall and Grace Carr, DCNF
Eight of the nine “Spotlight” crew members who loudly condemned the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal have remained quiet about the rampant sexual assault allegations levied against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
The “Spotlight” crew were quick to condemn the systemic sexual abuse of young boys by Catholic priests, but the actors, director and producers, many of whom have close ties to Weinstein, have not spoken out against the decades of Weinstein’s alleged harassment and assault on young women in Hollywood. The Oscar-winning movie is based on the true story of Boston Globe journalists who investigated allegations of sexual abuse of young boys in the Catholic church.
Of the six actors on the film, so far only Mark Ruffalo has spoken about the Weinstein allegations. The rest, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, Billy Crudup and Rachel McAdams have been silent on the matter, despite repeated phone calls and emails from The Daily Caller News Foundation requesting comment on the matter.
Ruffalo gave a somewhat tepid response to the slew of allegations against Weinstein, referring to the alleged rapes and harassment as a “sickness” before calling on other men in power to “do better.”
“I hope Harvey gets the help that he needs. This is — it’s a sickness,” he said on the red carpet.
“Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy and producers Michael Sugar and Peter Lawson have yet to comment publicly on the Weinstein scandal. It’s an odd move from the crew as most of them have ties to Weinstein and have worked with him over the years.
Lawson served as the vice president of acquisitions and co-productions at The Weinstein Company, the film studio founded by Weinstein and his brothers. The actors themselves have also starred in numerous high profile Weinstein films, ranging from “Southpaw” “Begin Again,” “The Butler,” “Scream” and “Dedication.” Slattery is currently producing a film with the Weinstein Company.
Despite their lukewarm handling of the Weinstein allegations, the actors had no problem forcefully condemning the abuse done by the Catholic Church. Ruffalo participated in a “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests” (SNAP) protests outside a Los Angeles church to demand the names of the priests who assaulted young boys.
The producer of the film, Sugar, also took a moment to lecture Pope Francis on how he should be handling the church during an Oscar acceptance speech. Slattery also routinely talked about how important it was to expose the Church’s wrongdoings.
H/T The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
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