Gal Gadot condemns sexual harassment, as Weinstein scandal unfolds
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Gal Gadot condemns sexual harassment, as Weinstein scandal unfolds

In Instagram post, Israeli Wonder Woman star says she ‘stands by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out’

Israeli actress Gal Gadot at a screening of the film 'Keeping Up With The Joneses' at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, California, October 20, 2016. (Araya Diaz/WireImage/Getty Images via JTA)
Israeli actress Gal Gadot at a screening of the film 'Keeping Up With The Joneses' at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, California, October 20, 2016. (Araya Diaz/WireImage/Getty Images via JTA)

Israeli actress Gal Gadot spoke out against “bullying and sexual harassment” in a Friday Instagram post, published as authorities continue their investigation into sexual assault allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.

“Bullying and Sexual Harassment is unacceptable!” wrote Gadot from her personal account. “I stand by all the courageous women confronting their fears and speaking out. Together we stand. We are all united in this time of change.”

The post came a day after police in New York and the United Kingdom launched investigations into Weinstein following the publication of an avalanche of claims that go back decades.

The reports have sparked both outrage and soul-searching in Hollywood over the treatment and exploitation of women, particularly young and aspiring actresses.

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Weinstein’s accusers include such big-name actresses as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Kate Beckinsale and actor/singer Ashley Judd.

The allegations range from unwanted sexual advances to rape and forced oral sex.

Weinstein, who has been fired from his own studio, has “unequivocally” denied that any of the sex was non-consensual but has also apologized for past behavior.

On Wednesday he was seen in public for the first time in days when paparazzi descended upon him as he left his daughter’s home in Los Angeles.

This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows US film producer Harvey Weinstein posing during a photocall as he arrives to attend the De Grisogono Party on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, at the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel in Antibes, near Cannes, southeastern France. (AFP/Yann Coatsaliou)

“Guys, I’m not doing OK but I’m trying,” he said in a video obtained by ABC. “I got to get help. You know what, we all make mistakes.”

As he climbed into an oversized sports utility vehicle, he said he hoped people would give him “a second chance.”

In October 2016, the United Nations celebrated the 75th birthday of Gadot’s most famous role, Wonder Woman, by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls.

Earlier this month, Gadot became the first Israeli actress to host Saturday Night Live, which she opened with a monologue recited partially in Hebrew.

The choice of Gadot to host an episode came after “Wonder Woman” proved a box office smash this summer, grossing over $800 million worldwide.

In light of the movie’s success, Gadot has signed up to star in a sequel.

She will also play the character of Wonder Woman in “Justice League,” which is slated to hit theaters in November.

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