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Channing Tatum has decided to end a development deal with The Weinstein Company on a movie about sexual abuse in light of the numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein. In a message posted on his Facebook page, Tatum talked about stepping away from the film Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, but not before applauding the women who came forward about Weinstein.
"The brave women who had the courage to stand up and speak their truth about Harvey Weinstein are true heroes to us," Tatum wrote. "They are lifting the heavy bricks to build the equitable world we all deserve to live in."
While the future of his film based on the book by Matthew Quick appears uncertain at the moment, Tatum talked of the importance of the novel the film was based on. "Our lone project in development with TWC—Matthew Quick's brilliant book, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock— is a story about a boy whose life was torn asunder by sexual abuse," he explained. "While we will no longer develop it or anything else that is property of TWC, we are reminded of its powerful message of healing in the wake of tragedy."
"This is a giant opportunity for real positive change that we proudly commit ourselves to," Tatum added. "The truth is out—let's finish what our incredible colleagues started and eliminate abuse from our creative culture once and for all."