‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay Praises MeToo Movement in Monte Carlo TV Festival Speech

Variety | 6/16/2018 | Leo Barraclough
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“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star Mariska Hargitay praised those in the MeToo movement who had spoken out against sexual assault when she spoke Friday on stage at the opening ceremony of the 58th Monte Carlo Television Festival. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress was in the Principality of Monaco to receive the festival’s Crystal Nymph Award, given to an actor each year in recognition of an outstanding career.

Hargitay’s honor was awarded in part due to her advocacy work for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse through the Joyful Heart Foundation, which she founded in 2004. In presenting her the award, Prince Albert II of Monaco, who opened the festival as its honorary president, described her as a “brilliant actress and an outstanding personality.”

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Hargitay thanked Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer of “Law & Order: SVU” and Honorary Consul to Monaco, for having “made so much possible for me.” Wolf later joined her on stage.

Hargitay said: “What I am most grateful for is that I have been given a platform and a voice to speak about the things that are important to me, and a platform and a voice that have allowed me to contribute to bringing positive change into the world, and my goodness what a changed world this is since I started the show.”

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Referring to the MeToo movement, she said: “I express my deepest thanks to the many women and the many men alongside who I have worked, and especially those whose extraordinary acts of courage have brought the recent seismic shifts in the way that our society addresses and understands sexual violence.”

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With a faltering voice, struggling to keep her emotions in check, Hargitay referred to Prince Albert II’s mother, American...
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