Eva Green is the latest actress to release an official statement condemning Harvey Weinstein and detailing her own encounter with the former Weinstein Company head. Green’s statement follows several other actresses going on the record about Weinstein, including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, with the allegations ranging from sexual harassment to severe accusations that include sexual assault and rape.
Green’s encounter was first alluded to during a radio interview with her mother, French actress Marlene Jobert, who stated that Weinstein “threatened to destroy her career” and followed a similar “modus operandi” to other claims against the former mogul according to The Telegraph:
“He was with Eva the way he was with all the others — under the pretext of a professional rendez-vous, with a scenario for him to give out, with a great role at stake. He promised them, like everyone, to promote their career in exchange for sexual favours…
“If the fat pig’s victims were able to avoid him, for revenge, he would ban (directors) from choosing her. So to react strongly, for a young actress, was also to put herself in danger, to be erased from the casting lists.
“At the time I was so so totally horrified, scandalised, that I wanted to do something, but my daughter said ‘Certainly not! You don’t know what he is capable of’.
While Green’s statement doesn’t take the same tone as her mother’s interview comments, it does support that Weinstein did approach in a manner similar to the other alleged encounters while explaining her silence up to this point according to Variety:
“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.
“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. Women are often condemned when they speak out and their personal reputations tarnished by association.
“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.”
More and more individuals are speaking out against Weinstein and sharing their own stories, usually involving pressure for sexual favors in exchange for favorable coverage or career advancement. Meanwhile, the former mogul is avoiding the allegations and entering rehab in hopes that it will help his image and allow his return to the industry in the near future. This doesn’t seem likely given the growing number of accusers speaking out and the industry moves being made against him and the Weinstein Company, including the pending removal of the exec from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
(Via Variety / The Telegraph / The Daily Mail)