Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama released a joint statement on Tuesday calling for Harvey Weinstein to be “held accountable” following mounting allegations of sexual harassment.
“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status,” the Obamas said, according to CBS News.
“We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories,” the statement continued. “And we all need to build a culture — including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect — so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future.”
The statement follows days of critics calling out the pair's silence regarding allegations against Weinstein, the Hollywood film mogul who helped fundraise for Obama's presidential bid. Obama's daughter, Malia, also interned for the Weinstein Company earlier this year.