Another name has been added in the ever-growing list of actresses coming forward to reveal they were sexually harassed by disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein. Eva Green has came forward and broke her silence on the Weinstein sexual advances during a business meeting in Paris.
The actress, who appeared in the James Bond film ‘Casino Royale’ and the Weinstein film ‘Sin City,’ said that she felt “shocked and disgusted” when Weinstein groped her. The encounter ended only when she had to “push him off.”
In an official statement issued to Variety, Green 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 where 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,” she added.
— Eva Green Web (@EvaGreenWeb) October 15, 2017
She might have missed awards, good roles and excellent films but we’ll continue to support a talented woman with integrity :) http://t.co/evs6leAG61
— Eva Green Web (@EvaGreenWeb) October 15, 2017
Eva stated, “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,” the French actress concluded her statement.
The statement comes after Green’s actress mother, Marlene Jobert, claimed on a Europe Radio 1 program that the Hollywood producer had threatened to destroy her daughter’s career after she spurned him.
The 37-year actress is one of dozens of women who broke their silence recently to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct – including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delevingne, Kate Beckinsale, Lea Seydoux, Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.
Weinstein has “denied” any “allegations of non-consensual sex” and has said that he is hoping to get a “second chance”.
Following the allegation of sexual harassment and assault, the producer has since been fired from his powerhouse studio, the Weinstein Company. His wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman has announced she’s leaving him and he was also voted out from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Also, Alyssa Milano is getting thousands of responses on Twitter to her request that people reply to her on the social network with “me too” if they have been sexually harassed or assaulted.
Milano, 44, received “me, too” responses from “Will and Grace” star Debra Messing and Anna Paquin, the Oscar-winning actress from New Zealand.
Milano says on her Twitter account that she got the idea from a friend. Milano says her friend told her such a tweet “might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
In another tweet that links to a blog post, Milano, who was one of the stars of the long-running sitcom “Who’s the Boss,” writes the following about film producer Harvey Weinstein: “While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein’s sexual predation and abuse of power, I’m happy – ecstatic even – that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women. ”
French President Emmanuel Macron says that he wants to revoke Harvey Weinstein’s Legion of Honor award over the multiple accusations of sexual assault and harassment against the Hollywood titan.
Macron said in a national television interview on Sunday that he has “started the procedures” for such a removal. Weinstein was given the prestigious French award in 2012 by then-President Nicolas Sarkozy after the French film “The Artist” won multiple Oscars. Weinstein’s company produced the film.
Macron also says he wants to speed up the legal procedures for investigating and prosecuting sexual harassment to encourage more women to come forward. French actresses are among those who have accused Weinstein of sexual wrongdoing.
Legion of Honor titles are given to a wide range of French people and foreigners. Another American is among the few people to have lost the distinction: disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
British police are investigating three new allegations of sexual assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein, all made by the same woman. London’s Metropolitan Police force said Sunday that the woman reported being assaulted in London in 2010, 2011 and 2015. The force said officers from its Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command are investigating.
The woman’s name has not been made public. The force also did not name Weinstein, in keeping with its policy of not identifying suspects who have not been charged.
But it said the allegations involve a man against whom another accusation was made Wednesday. That alleged assault is reported to have taken place during the late 1980s. British actress Lysette Anthony says she reported to police on Wednesday that Weinstein raped her in her London home in the late 1980s.
(With inputs from Agencies)