Saoirse Ronan discusses sexual harassment being 'swept under the carpet' 5 years ago

Saoirse Ronan discusses sexual harassment being 'swept under the carpet'

Gracing the front of The Hollywood Reporter alongside five other powerful women, is our very own Saoirse Ronan.


Taking part in this year's Hollywood Reporter roundtable, the magazine brings together dominant women in the entertainment industry to discuss topical issues.

This year, there was no second guessing as to what would be discussed, with multiple allegations against men within the industry for both sexual harassment and assault spurring with Harvey Weinstein, a dominant culprit that first came to light in late September.

This year saw Jennifer Lawrence, Saoirse Ronan, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Mary J Blige and Emma Stone come together.


Discussing this year's allegations, Ronan said she feels "very lucky" to have been protected from everything that went on. Continuing she said her "mum and dad were always around" and attending parties was never an option without them.


Speaking about Harvey Weinstein and model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, Ronan discusses the bravery of the model to work with the NYPD to uncover a man who broke so many women in both confidence and strength.

Ambra Battilana Gutierrez revisited Harvey Weinstein after he assaulted her, wearing a wire to get him admitting to groping her on tape. Ronan discusses how brave Ambra was, but how Hollywood lacked the drive to help these women.

"What was incredible about it was that she was brave enough to go back the next day, because she knew that it was important for this to come out. The fact that she put herself in that position again, and made herself so vulnerable, and still nothing was done about it…"
She continued...
"And that’s the really disappointing thing about all this, is that they’ve had all of this sh*t on all of these men and women for the last few years but they haven’t done anything about it. It’s just been swept under the carpet."
The 23-year-old actress was not the only one to speak out about this issue, with Chastain adding:

"There is a history of abuse against women in our industry, and it's never been addressed. I'm devastated by all the stories that have come out because it's heartbreaking, but at the same time I feel hopeful because we're not ignoring it anymore."

 You can check out the whole interview here.