Eva Green, Casino Royale, has revealed an encounter with Harvey Weinstein left her feeling ‘shocked and disgusted’ after her mother broke the news the producer allegedly made an advance on her that forced the actress to ‘push him off’.
Eva is the latest high-profile name to reveal an allegation about Harvey’s conduct, after he was accused of rape, sexual harassment and other forms of misconduct by numerous women over the past week. These are allegations that he ‘unequivocally denies’. In a statement provided to Variety, the Bond Girl said: ‘I wish to address comments made by my mother in a recent interview regarding Harvey Weinstein.
In a statement provided to Variety, the Bond Girl said: «I wish to address comments made by my mother in a recent interview regarding Harvey Weinstein. I met him for a business meeting in Paris at which he behaved inappropriately and I had to push him off. I got away without it going further, but the experience left me shocked and disgusted»
The Casino Royale star explained why she has been silent about the situation since it occurred. «I have not discussed this before because I wanted to maintain my privacy, but I understand it is important to do so as I hear about other women’s experiences» she said. «Women are often condemned when they speak out and their personal reputations tarnished by association.»
She continued: «I salute the great bravery of the women who have come forward. We should recognise that this sort of behaviour exists everywhere and is not unique to the entertainment industry. The exploitation of power is ubiquitous. This behaviour is unacceptable and needs to be eliminated.»
On October 13, Eva’s mother, French actress Marlene Jobert, told Europe 1 radio that her daughter was also ‘sexually harassed’ by the movie mogul for two years. The 76-year-old star said on Eva’s behalf: «My daughter Eva was the victim of this horrible man …» She added: «At the time, I was truly horrified, so scandalised that I wanted to do something but my daughter said “Absolutely Not! You do not know the evil he is capable of”.»
Speaking of her daughter, Marlene added that she was inspired to speak out to «add another testimony because it isn’t possible that this guy goes unpunished. This odious character must be prosecuted.» Eva, who starred in Penny Dreadful, was targeted by Harvey during 2010-11, her mother said. She added: «She was intimidated, this guy had so much power, power over all cinema! He must have put obstacles in her way because he was so vexed?» «It was difficult, took time to recover, she prefers to forget and not talk about it today,» her mother said.
I had to defend myself: the night Harvey Weinstein jumped on me, by Bond Girl Léa Seydoux for The Guardian:
I meet men like Harvey Weinstein all the time. I have starred in many films over the last 10 years and have been lucky enough to win awards at festivals like Cannes. Cinema is my life. And I know all of the ways in which the film industry treats women with contempt.
When I first met Harvey Weinstein, it didn’t take me long to figure him out. We were at a fashion show. He was charming, funny, smart – but very domineering. He wanted to meet me for drinks and insisted we had to make an appointment that very night. This was never going to be about work. He had other intentions – I could see that very clearly.
We met in the lobby of his hotel. His assistant, a young woman, was there. All throughout the evening, he flirted and stared at me as if I was a piece of meat. He acted as if he were considering me for a role. But I knew that was bullshit. I knew it, because I could see it in his eyes. He had a lecherous look. He was using his power to get sex.
He invited me to come to his hotel room for a drink. We went up together. It was hard to say no because he’s so powerful. All the girls are scared of him. Soon, his assistant left and it was just the two of us. That’s the moment where he started losing control.
We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along.
Since that night in his hotel room, I’ve seen him on many other occasions. We are in the same industry, so it’s impossible to avoid him. I’ve seen how he operates: the way he looks for an opening. The way he tests women to see what he can get away with.
He also doesn’t take no for an answer. I once went with him to a restaurant and when he couldn’t get a table he got angry and said: «Do you know who I am? I am Harvey Weinstein.» That’s the kind of man he is.
I’ve been at dinners with him where he’s bragged openly about Hollywood actresses he has had sex with. He’s also said misogynistic things to me over the years. «You’d be better if you lost weight,» he said. That comment shocked me.
One night, I saw him in London for the Baftas. He was hitting on a young woman. Another time, at the Met Life ball, I saw him trying to convince a young woman to sleep with him. Everyone could see what he was doing.
That’s the most disgusting thing. Everyone knew what Harvey was up to and no one did anything. It’s unbelievable that he’s been able to act like this for decades and still keep his career. That’s only possible because he has a huge amount of power.
In this industry, there are directors who abuse their position. They are very influential, that’s how they can do that. With Harvey, it was physical. With others, it’s just words. Sometimes, it feels like you have to be very strong to be a woman in the film industry. It’s very common to encounter these kinds of men.
The first time a director made an inappropriate comment to me, I was in my mid-20s. He was a director I really liked and respected. We were alone and he said to me: «I wish I could have sex with you, I wish I could fuck you.» He said it in a way that was half joking and half serious. I was very angry. I was trying to do my job and he made me very uncomfortable. He has slept with all of the actresses he filmed.
Another director I worked with would film very long sex scenes that lasted days. He kept watching us, replaying the scenes over and over again in a kind of stupor. It was very gross.
Yet another director tried to kiss me. Like Weinstein, I had to physically push him away, too. He acted like a crazy man, deranged by the fact that I didn’t want to have sex with him.
If you’re a woman working in the film industry, you have to fight because it is a very misogynistic world. Why else are salaries so unequal? Why do men earn more than women? There is no reason for it to be that way.
Hollywood is incredibly demanding on women. Think about the beauty diktats. All of the actresses have botox at 30. They have to be perfect. This is an image of women that is bizarre – and one that ends up controlling women.
This industry is based on desirable actresses. You have to be desirable and loved. But not all desires have to be fulfilled, even though men in the industry have an expectation that theirs should be. I think – and hope – that we might finally see a change. Only truth and justice can bring us forward.
Judi Dench, the Academy Award–winning actor who has credited much of her Hollywood success to Harvey Weinstein, says she is horrified by the allegations of sexual harassment against the movie mogul and offers “my sympathy to those who have suffered.”
In a statement to Newsweek, Dench said: “Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offenses which are, of course, horrifying, and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out.”
Dench, 82, has had a strong collaborative relationship with Weinstein since his former studio, Miramax, distributed the 1997 movie Mrs. Brown, Dench’s first starring role in a movie. Prior to that she was better known as a stage and television actor in her native Britain. Dench’s portrayal of Queen Victoria earned the star her first nomination for outstanding lead actress at the Oscars.
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Dench earned her first Academy Award, for best supporting actress, for her role in Shakespeare in Love, another Miramax release. Their most recent collaborations include 2013’s Philomena and the delayed Tulip Fever.
In 2011, Dench joked that she had a tattoo dedicated to Weinstein on her buttocks to commemorate him making her a Hollywood star. “It was thanks to Harvey, whose name I have had tattooed on my bum ever since,” Dench quipped while accepting an award from the British Film Institute in London. In a 2014 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor said the tattoo was an elaborate joke and was, in fact, applied with makeup.
Weinstein told the story of how Dench showed him a tattoo on her posterior, reading “JD loves HW,” in a 2013 interview on U.K. talk show The Graham Norton Show.
“She took me to the Four Seasons restaurant. She said: ‘I’ve got a surprise. You’re a guy who has everything. I don’t know what to get you,’” Weinstein recalled.
Weinstein said that in front of fellow diners, including Carly Simon and the late directors Nora Ephron and Mike Nichols, Dench “unbuckles her pants, and on her bum was ‘JD loves HW’…a tattoo. She said, ‘I put your name on my ass.’»
Dench recounted her version of events to Hollywood Reporter in 2014, saying: «I once said to him: ‘I have your named tattooed on my bum.’ He laughed and was, well, quite embarrassed, actually. It’s quite difficult to embarrass Harvey, but I did. I got my makeup lady to actually write Harvey’s name. Then I brought it up at lunch and said: ‘You know, I do have it on my bum,’ and then I actually got up and showed him. I’ve never seen a man more embarrassed and I’ve never let him forget it. Perhaps I should have it done and really shock him.»
Judi Dench’s tattoo dedicated to Harvey Weinstein was not a permanent fixture.
Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company, the production company he founded with brother Bob Weinstein after a series of allegations of sexual harassment were made public. His isn’t a memeber of the British (BAFTA) and American (Oscar) Academy anymore as well.
James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, said on the red carpet of Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, film that she has produced, said: «Any form of harassment is really just abhorrent and I’m just really glad that there has been so much support for the people who have spoken out.»