“SPECTRE” – © 2015 – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions (LONDON) — SPECTRE actress Lea Seydoux is the latest to accuse disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of groping her.
In an op-ed in the British newspaper The Guardian, the French actress accused Weinstein of engineering a situation in which he could get her alone in his hotel room.
“We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me,” she wrote. “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.”
Seydoux writes that in the film industry “It’s very common to encounter these kinds of men.”
Beyond her alleged encounter with Weinstein, she recounts tales of unnamed directors including one who, she writes, “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.”
Seydoux concludes her column writing, “If you’re a woman working in the film industry, you have to fight because it is a very misogynistic world” — citing a gender pay differential and the extreme physical demands on 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,” she writes. “I think – and hope – that we might finally see a change. Only truth and justice can bring us forward.”
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