‘X Factor’ and ‘American Idol’ judge and Syco records founder Simon Cowell addressed the recent sexual misconduct scandals in Hollywood at the Music Industry Trust Awards on Monday (November 6).
Speaking at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London ahead of the awards Cowell commented that the recent allegations against Harvey Weinstein could lead to a change of attitude in the entertainment industry.
“Well, I do actually to be honesty with you. Look, I’ve grown up in the music business, even when I was a kid, you know, I was put in situations when I was first working, you know… not a very nice business. People get what they deserve, that’s all I’m going to say,” said Cowell.
More than 50 women have made sexual harassment or assault claims against 65 year-old Harvey Weinstein.
The Hollywood producer has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone but has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and fired from his independent studio The Weinstein Co.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm any of the claims.
The Trust Awards recognised Sony Music Entertainment CEO, Rob Stringer, for his contributions to the industry.
He has overseen Sony during its signing of global successes including British musicians Adele and One Direction.
The awards were attended by musical stars including Hozier, George Ezra, ELO’s Jeff Lynne and Camila Cabello, who is currently number one in the UK charts with her song ‘Havana’.
One Direction musician and actor Harry Styles also performed at the event, which raises money for the BRIT trust and the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.