Emily Blunt praises “brave” people who have spoken out on sexual harassment in Hollywood

"I think it is a really vital, remarkable time, and I really hope that it will translate to other social injustices"

Emily Blunt has spoken out on the recent sexual harassment scandals which have rocked Hollywood, with the star praising those who have come forward with their testimonies in recent months.

Following the wave of allegations against high-ranking Hollywood stars and executives in the last few months of 2017, a new campaign – Time’s Up – has been set up as a “unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere”.

Blunt was asked about the issue during an interview with Vanity Fair, with the star of the forthcoming film Mary Poppins Returns reflecting on her own experiences of harassment in the industry.

“Everyone has had their bum pinched,” Blunt said. “But I would not put me having my bum pinched on the same side of the street as women who have been raped or sexually assaulted or abused or harassed.”

“I think it is something that everyone has experienced,” she continued. “That comment was meant in no way to disparage the people who have actually been brave enough to come forward.

“I think it is a really vital, remarkable time, and I really hope that it will translate to other social injustices because I think this is a time when people are finding their voice and using it.”

Last month, Time Magazine awarded its ‘Person of The Year’ award to the ‘Silence Breakers’ – the women and men who bravely spoke out to expose sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry in 2017.