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Gloria Hunniford 'aghast' at Harvey Weinstein allegations

Broadcaster Gloria Hunniford has said it is a "shame" more people did not speak out sooner about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The veteran presenter also said that at the start of her career if someone did or said something inappropriate it would have been dealt with quickly.

Hunniford's comments came after she was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to cancer charities after starting a charitable foundation with her sons in memory of her daughter Caron Keating, who died from breast cancer in 2004.

Weinstein is facing a string of accusations of sexual harassment and assault from some of Hollywood's biggest stars and is being investigated by British and US police.

Loose Women and Rip Off Britain star Hunniford said she had never experienced anything like the allegations against the movie mogul and was "aghast at some of the stories coming out".

She added: "I don't know the details about Harvey Weinstein but I'm shocked about the number of people who are now coming forward.

"And I suppose if you take that to its conclusion it's a shame maybe more people didn't speak out earlier."

The 77-year-old, who this year celebrates 70 years working in showbusiness, said about inappropriate behaviour: "Way, way back when I started to work... we all just dealt with it, in a way, we just sort of dealt with it ourselves said 'oh stop it' and got on with it.

"But things are more serious these days and some of the stories coming out are extremely serious."

Hunniford said: "I didn't get the OBE for showbusinesses - although I've been in it for 70 years this year, which is a landmark - but I got it for breast screening and cancer services throughout the country.

"And Her Majesty asked me how I got involved and I said, 'sadly I lost my daughter to cancer', and she said, 'yes, of course you did'."

The broadcaster established the Caron Keating Foundation which gives grants to all types of cancer charities in the UK, financing professional carers, support groups and counselling services, helping to fund machinery for faster detection, drivers to take cancer patients to and from treatment centres and complementary therapies to help with pain control.

She added: "It's part of my healing to do something positive against all that negativity, because as a mother when you lose a child, it just takes you to the darkest place you can ever imagine.

"So I had to find something that would get me out of that deep hole."

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