Actor Channing Tatum announced Wednesday on social media that he has stopped production of a film about sexual abuse that would have been produced by The Weinstein Company.
It’s the latest fallout amid allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against Harvey Weinstein and now his brother and TWC co-founder Bob Weinstein, according to Deadline.
“The truth is out — let’s finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all,” Tatum said.
In a joint statement with producing partner Reid Carolin on Facebook, Tatum wrote that the women who’ve come forward about the alleged abuses by Harvey Weinstein are “true heroes.” The film, “Forgive Me Leonard Peacock,” would have marked the 29-year-old actor’s directorial debut alongside Carolin. In addition to co-directing and co-producing via his Free Association banner and along with Peter Kiernan, Tatum would also potentially star, Deadline reported.
“Forgive Me Leonard Peacock,” the adaptation of Matthew Quick’s 2013 novel, is a movie about a high school student who plans to kill his best friend and then himself as a result of sexual abuse, according to Variety.
“This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we commit ourselves to,” Tatum wrote.
Tatum wrote that he has severed all ties with TWC. The production company fired Harvey Weinstein as its CEO and he has resigned from its board in the wake of the far-reaching sexual misconduct allegations.