As details continue to unfold surrounding the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Channing Tatum has pulled his sole movie with the film exec's former studio, The Weinstein Company. The news comes on the heels of a series of sexual assault allegations waged against the disgraced mogul. Over the course of the last few weeks, more than 50 women have come forward with accusations of harassment and abuse, including Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, and Lupita Nyong'o, among others.
In response, many Hollywood figures have spoken out condemning Weinstein, and those that worked with him extensively — such as Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith — have been made to answer for any knowledge they may have had of the reported incidents, as have Weinstein employees who purportedly covered up his decades-long pattern of alleged assault. Weinstein has since been fired from his company and expelled from The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Now, Tatum is officially dissolving his relationship with The Weinstein Company. In a statement shared to his social media accounts, he announced that he would not be moving forward with the film Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock at TWC and will not work with the company on any future endeavors. He wrote:
The film — about a 17-year-old high school student who plans to kill his best friend and then himself— dealt heavily with the trauma stemming from sexual abuse. It would have marked Tatum’s directorial debut, alongside Magic Mike writer Reid Carolin. In addition to co-directing and co-producing, Tatum would also have potentially starred. It's unclear whether or not he'll explore developing the movie elsewhere.
The actor joins a growing chorus of stars and studios parting ways with The Weinstein Company. Amazon recently cancelled a high-profile TV drama from Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell that was being produced by TWC, while Apple has pulled the plug on a TWC-produced Elvis Presley biopic. Kevin Smith, meanwhile, has vowed to donate all his future residuals from his Weinstein-produced films to Women in Film, an organization that supports women filmmakers. If TWC falls apart, he plans to donate $2,000 per month to the nonprofit for the rest of his life. Given the response thus far, Tatum will be far from the last to sever professional ties with the Weinsteins.
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