But it seems even she was once left in tears by Harvey Weinstein.
The actress took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to unload her TWO Weinstein tales, the first of which happened during the Venice Film Festival in 2005, when she was there with the Miramax film The Brothers Grimm. She recalls:
“At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture, I just laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked. I remember thinking, ‘It’s got to be a joke.’ I said something like, ‘Oh come on mate?! It’d be like kissing my dad! Let’s go get a drink, get back to the others.’ I was never in any other Miramax film.”
Unfortunately, she says that was not the last time she was in the company of Weinstein. She wrote:
“The next time was in LA. Years later. I had always carried the thought that he’d never try anything with me again, not after I’d laughed and said, ‘never in a million years.’ I believed that he respected my boundary and maybe he wanted to talk about potential work. He asked me to meet for breakfast. We ate breakfast, we talked about films, filmmaking. He asked me a few questions about the state of my love life. I shifted the conversation back to something less personal. Then he went to the loo. He came back and said, ‘Let’s go up to the room, I want to give you a script.’ We walked to the lift and the energy shifted. My whole body went into high alert. The lift was going up and I said to Harvey, ‘I’m not interested in anything other than work, please don’t think I got in here with your any other reason, nothing is going to happen.’ I don’t know what possessed me to speak out at that moment, only that I had such a strong sense of ‘don’t come near me.'”
She may not have had any reason to be suspicious, but from what we’ve heard from over 40 other women, her instincts were dead on.
But her resistance changed everything for Harvey:
“He was silent after I spoke, furious. We got out of the lift and walked to his room. His hand was on my back, he was marching me forward, not a word. I felt completely powerless, he tried his key card and it didn’t work. Then he got really angry. He walked me back to the lift, through the hotel to the valet, by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm. He paid for my car and whispered in my ear, ‘Don’t tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent.’ I got into my car and I cried.”
This is one of the scariest stories we’ve read, but thankfully it seems Lena got away relatively safe. Thank goodness for terrible hotel keys!
See all of Lena’s tweets on the matter (below):
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