Is there a Harvey Weinstein in India? Priyanka Chopra says 'It happens everywhere'

FP Staff

Oct,20 2017 13:23 52 IST

Priyanka Chopra has called out sexism and sexual harassment in both Hollywood and Bollywood at the Marie Claire Power Trip talk session.

The Indian actor, who has successfully transitioned to Hollywood said, "There is not just 'a Harvey Weinstein' in Hollywood, there are many. It happens everywhere." Her statements come in the aftermath of the exposure of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and abuse towards female actors and colleagues.

"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. Look around this room, full of incredible women who have fought (to get everything that they want)," said an outspoken Priyanka Chopra in her discussion with Anne Fulewider.

When asked if there is a Harvey Weinstein in India, Priyanka said, "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)."

Priyanka who is currently shooting for the third season of the American television show Quantico openly referred to an unfair system of hierarchy and exclusivity in show business. “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," said the 35 year old actor.

Priyanka Chopra joins a slew of Hollywood actors like Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie in speaking up against sexual harassment by industry bosses, revealing the shocking levels of prevalence of exploitation.

Priyanka’s next Hollywood project is A Kid Like Jake with Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Claire Danes (Homeland). She had made her Hollywood debut in Baywatch earlier this year.