‘Game of Thrones’ star Lena Headey joined the growing number of women accusing disgraced film executive Harvey Weinstein of inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature.
“Thankfully, I wasn’t cajoled into a taxi, nor did I have to turn down giving or getting a massage,” she wrote. “I was lucky. Or perhaps it was because, at that moment in time, I was the one with more power.”
At age 20, she had a role in one of his first movies, Loser Takes All, based on a Graham Greene novel. She says he was rude and testy with British members of the cast, and eventually grabbed the movie away from the director, rewrote much of it, renamed it and recut it. He even redid the poster, sticking her head onto someone else’s body, dressed in a form-fitting, 1950s-style pinup bathing suit. She would never have posed for it, she said.
“I was always a little mystified that Harvey had the reputation as a great tastemaker when he seemed so noticeably lacking in taste himself,” she wrote. “But he did have a knack for hiring people who had it, and I figured that’s what passes for taste in Hollywood.”
While her story was different, she said she knew plenty of “Harveys of my own” over the years, enough to recognize the stories of other accusers. While still a teen, she was groped by adult men, even on set, she wrote.
“When I was 13, a 50-year-old crew member told me that he would teach me to dance, and then proceeded to push against me with an erection. When I was 14, a married film director stuck his tongue in my mouth on set,” she wrote.
Ringwald, 49, said she could go on “but I fear it would get very repetitive,” she wrote. “I never talked about these things publicly because, as a woman, it has always felt like I may as well have been talking about the weather.
“Stories like these have never been taken seriously. Women are shamed, told they are uptight, nasty, bitter, can’t take a joke, are too sensitive. And the men? Well, if they’re lucky, they might get elected President.”
Michelle Yeoh would have used martial arts on Weinstein if he tried anything
Michelle Yeoh said Tuesday she was aware of Weinstein’s reputation as a bully but he never sexually harassed her and would have felt her wrath if he had.
“I knew he was a bully and not always honorable,” she told the Associated Press in Hong Kong. “I wasn’t exposed to this side of him, otherwise he would have experienced the full effect of years of martial arts training.”
Other Hollywood moguls weigh in on ‘monster’ Weinstein
Media titan Barry Diller, speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ D.Live technology conference in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Tuesday, said the Weinstein scandal will mark a dividing line in the culture: “Before and after Harvey.”
And by the way, Weinstein’s reputation is toast, Diller said. He “is not going to be known for anything other than this. This is a hard demarcation line.”
Harvey Weinstein “is not going to be known for anything other than this. This is a hard demarcation line,” says Barry Diller #WSJDLive
— WSJ Tech (@WSJTech) October 17, 2017
On Monday, showbiz executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, who also spoke at the conference, denounced Weinstein, but said a systemic “casting couch” problem has long prevailed Hollywood, the Journal reported.
Katzenberg goes way back with Weinstein: He was chairman of Walt Disney Co. when the company bought Weinstein’s Miramax studio in 1993.
“The casting couch has been in Hollywood from the beginning,” Katzenberg said. “The complicity around the acceptance of it and silence about it is the crime. Harvey Weinstein, make no mistake about it, he is a monster.”
But he said Weinstein is “not a lone actor.” Asked if other men in Hollywood abused women, Mr. Katzenberg said “100%.”
“There’s a pack of wolves,” he said, although there also are moguls with “great integrity,” such as Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg, he said.
Katzenberg said he never saw Weinstein behave in the way more than 30 women so far, including major stars such as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have described.
“Literally not a single time had Harvey ever been abusive to somebody in my presence,” Katzenberg said. “That’s why I said there were two Harvey’s. Somehow or another his behavior was masked from me by him.”
Contributing: The Associated Press
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