Over the past weeks, there have been a staggering amount of accusations against Harvey Weinstein and quite frankly, it’s harrowing. So many people, both in and out of the film industry, have been sharing their own stories of sexual assault and harassment. And yet to see that there are many that still doubt the truth of these accusations…well, it’s no wonder there is so much outrage. And most recent to take a stand against Weinstein is none other than Channing Tatum, who has officially cut ties with the Weinstein company.
Tatum was working on a film adaptation of the novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, a story of how a young boy’s life is torn apart by sexual abuse. Not only was Tatum to star in the film, he was also set to co-direct alongside Reid Carolin. And it is the story’s strong message that Tatum wishes to convey off screen.
“While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy. This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to. The truth is out—let’s finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all.”
Tatum has praised the strength and bravery of the many women who have come forward with their stories, and is showing his full support by severing ties with the company. He proves to all of us that Hollywood is capable of more than just talk. And while the horrible events that have and are transpiring are far from over, this is certainly a step in the right direction.