Bermudian-born actress targeted by Weinstein
A Bermudian-born actress has claimed Hollywood tycoon Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her.
Lena Headey, best known as Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, alleged Mr Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax, subjected her to sexual harassment on two occasions several years apart.
Ms Headey said the first incident happened at the Venice Film Festival in 2005 when she was in her 30s.
The Brothers Grimm, a film she appeared in along with Matt Damon and the late Heath Ledger and in which a Weinstein company was involved on the production side, had its premiere at the festival.
Ms Headey wrote on Twitter: “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 shocked.”
She added: “I was never in any other Miramax film.”
Ms Headey said she next saw Mr Weinstein in Los Angeles several years later.
She said: “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.”
Ms Headey said she accepted an invitation to breakfast.
After the two talked about film-making, she said Mr Weinstein asked her personal questions “about the state of my love life”.
A short time later, Ms Headey said he invited her upstairs to get a script.
Ms Headey added: “We walked to the lift and the energy shifted, my whole body went into high alert.
“I said to Harvey ‘I’m not interested in anything other than work; please don’t think I got in here with you for any other reason; nothing is going to happen’.”
Ms Headey said Mr Weinstein was silent after she spoke.
She described feeling “completely powerless” as he was “marching me forward” with “his hand on my back” towards his room.
Ms Headey said Mr Weinstein became angry at the room door after his key card failed to work.
She added she was walked back through the hotel by Weinstein “grabbing and tightly holding to the back of my arm”.
Ms Headey said: “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.”
Ms Headey, 44, has also appeared in movies 300 and The Purge.
The daughter of John Headey, an island policeman, and his wife Susan, she was born in 1973 and lived on the island for five years.
Ms Headey is one of dozens of women who alleged Mr Weinstein subjected them to to sexual harassment and assault.
These include actors Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Mr Weinstein was fired this month by the board of his company, The Weinstein Company, after the allegations came to light.
Mr Weinstein, along with his brother Bob, founded Miramax in the 1970s.
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