Israeli actress Gal Gadot said she hopes the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations against prominent figures in the entertainment industry will lead to a “profound change” and not only represent a blip in the news cycle.
“I think that we are in the midst of a very interesting, important trend of people speaking out,” Gadot told told Hadashot news (formerly Channel 2) in an interview aired Thursday. “I only hope that it is not just going to be a trend but it is going to be a profound change.”
After numerous accusations of rape and sexual assault first surfaced against producer Harvey Weinstein last month, Gadot strongly condemned sexual harassment and applauded women who had come forward with allegations of wrongdoing.
“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,” Gadot wrote on Instagram.
As allegations sexual harassment in Hollywood continued to pour out, the Wonder Woman star withdrew from an awards dinner in late October honoring director Brett Ratner, who was once accused of masturbating in front of actress Olivia Munn.
He denied the allegation but was forced to later apologize for falsely saying he slept with her.
Gadot did not link her cancellation at the awards dinner to the allegations against Ratner, instead saying she had a scheduling conflict.
At the time, Gadot was in China to promote the upcoming “Justice League” film. She attended the premiere alongside co-star Ben Affleck, who apologized in October for grabbing actress Hilarie Burton’s breast in 2003 on the MTV show “Total Request Live.”