Harvey Weinstein on sexually harassing Ashley Judd: Never laid a glove on her
Hollywood producer has denied allegations of sexual harassment made against him by Hollywood actor Ashley Judd.Updated: Oct 06, 2017 11:47 IST
Oscar winning producer Harvey Weinstein has denied allegations of sexual harassment made by actor Ashley Judd, which were reported by The New York Times on Thursday. However, in an interview with New York Post, Weinstein said that he has not “ laid a glove” on the actor, and vowed to “reach out” to her in a year’s time.
“I never laid a glove on her. I know Ashley Judd is going through a tough time right now, I read her book. Her life story was brutal, and I have to respect her. In a year from now I am going to reach out to her,” he was quoted as saying in the New York Post. In an explosive interview, Weinstein admitted of having a “bad temper” and says his wife Georgina Chapman is standing by him.
“She stands 100 percent behind me. Georgina and I have talked about this at length. We went out with [attorney] Lisa Bloom last night when we knew the article was coming out. Georgina will be with Lisa and others, kicking my ass to be a better human being. And to apologize to people for my bad behaviour, to say I’m sorry, and to absolutely mean it,” he said.
The larger-than-life Hollywood executive is taking a leave of absence from his own company after an explosive expose revealing decades of sexual harassment against women, from employees and actors including Ashley Judd and Rose Mcgowan. “I also have the worst temper known to mankind, my system is all wrong, and sometimes I create too much tension. I lose it, and I am emotional, that’s why I’ve got to spend more time with a therapist and go away,” he explained.
The article includes first person accounts of Weinstein’s alleged conduct, including from Judd, who recounts an incident from two decades ago, in which she said she was asked to meet Weinstein in his hotel room. Weinstein greeted her wearing a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or if she would watch him shower, the paper reported.
“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly,” Judd had told NYT. Two unnamed company officials tell the Times that at least eight women have received settlements from Weinstein over the years, including actor Rose McGowan, who allegedly had an incident with him in 1997, when she was 23. Other stories include similar accounts of Weinstein coercing young women into giving him massages, while naked, or watching him shower, and promising career advancement in return. These incidents were all said to have happened in hotel rooms.
Weinstein’s attorney Charles J. Harder said in a statement that the story is “saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein.”
This is not the first time Weinstein has been openly accused of sexual harassment. In 2015, a 22-year-old Italian midel had accused Weinstein of “groping her” at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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First Published: Oct 06, 2017 11:43 IST