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Gloria Hunniford's shock at Weinstein scandal and why it took so long to erupt

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Ulster-born 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."

Penelope Cruz and Gal Gadot also spoke out over the allegations facing Weinstein, with Cruz saying she "didn't know that side" of the producer.

She wrote on Instagram: "The stories that came out over the last few days about Harvey Weinstein have left me feeling extremely sad and shocked.

"Obviously I didn't know that side of him. We have worked together on different films and even if he has been respectful to me and I personally have never witnessed such behaviour, I need to express my support to the women that have had such horrible experiences."

Legendary Hollywood actress Jane Fonda, meanwhile, told CNBC: "I think they should all go to jail, and you know, let's put Bill Cosby in there…

"But the question is not just Hollywood, you know, this is epidemic. This goes on all over the world, on all kinds of levels, and you know very, very powerful men and not very powerful men, but I think that they have to be put in jail."

Weinstein's spokeswoman said in a statement: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein.

"Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances."

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