JEREMY CORBYN has said he is “horrified” by the sexual harassment allegations that have rocked Westminster and described some of the cases as “disturbing.”
The Labour leader added that he was “utterly determined” that his party’s events would be safe for women.
A number of Labour and Tory MPs have been caught up in the Westminster sleaze allegations, which emerged in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood.
Mr Corbyn was asked by Grazia magazine whether he had heard whispers about inappropriate conduct during his 35 years so far as an MP.
“Not many whispers, no. I was very shocked,” he said.
“I’m horrified and appalled by it all. I think sexism is a real challenge in society that needs to be dealt with.
“The allegations are all investigated and dealt with as appropriate. We support the people making them as well as the people being alleged against.”
Mr Corbyn said Labour was “not dealing with huge numbers” of allegations, but added: “We’re dealing with some cases and they are of course disturbing when you get them.
“But we have a process, including a confidential hotline and an independent person to investigate. I’m utterly determined all Labour Party events will be a safe place for women to go to.”
In the Grazia interview — his first with a women’s magazine — the Labour leader declared that he was “ready to be prime minister tomorrow” and said there could be an election within the next year.
Meanwhile, the BBC announced plans yesterday to make “the definitive documentary” about the Weinstein scandal.
The feature-length BBC2 film will be directed by award-winning documentary maker Ursula Macfarlane.
It is set to include interviews with “the many actresses who have been brave enough to tell their stories,” plus journalists and other Hollywood sources.
The film, which has the working title Weinstein, will explore how the Miramax co-founder was able to abuse his power and cover his tracks. It will also chart the rise of a culture of exploitation in Hollywood.
More than 80 women in the film industry have accused the Hollywood film producer of sexual harassment, sexual assault or rape.
He has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual sex, insisting that he believed all of his relationships were consensual.
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