Channing Tatum forgoes directorial debut after Harvey Weinstein allegations
Aside from being one of Hollywood’s most in-demand leading men, Channing Tatum is known as a staunch supporter of feminism and equality.
The 37-year-old actor was supposed to venture into directing for the first time, partnering with The Weinstein Company for the film “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock”—which coincidentally deals with sexual abuse.
But after allegations of sexual misconduct from at least 47 women emerged against Harvey Weinstein, Tatum is stepping down from the project.
“The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us. They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in,” he wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.
Tatum, who has a 4-year-old daughter named Evelyn with wife Jenna Dewan, also made it clear that he condemned the producer’s actions and would cut all ties with the controversial group.
“While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is the property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy. This is a giant opportunity for real change that we proudly commit ourselves to,” he explained.
“The truth is out – let’s finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all.”
Tatum was supposed to star and direct the film alongside Reid Carolin.
“Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock” is based on the 2013 novel of the same title, written by Matthew Quick. /ra
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