Sandra Bullock was never victimized by Harvey Weinstein, but she said his reputation terrified and intimidated her.
“I heard about Harvey and I was afraid of him,” the Oscar winner, 53, told The Sunday Times. “I wasn’t asked to be in that world. I learnt early on to shut things off so those things didn’t come my way.”
She added, “I only heard what Harvey wanted people to hear, and that made me so f—— angry. People would say, ‘Well, you know how she got that role? She f—– Harvey.’ I would say, ‘Shut the f— up. You don’t know that.’ Then, later, to find out that woman was brutally attacked … They didn’t sleep with Harvey. Harvey wanted you to think that.”
Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct, including rape, by dozens of women. He denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
- Bullock adds that Weinstein had her so flummoxed, she was even frightened when several women came forward together to accuse him, worrying about their safety.
- “I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is amazing, but f–k, f–k, f–k, what if it doesn’t work?” she recalled. “Please God, let it not swing the other way.’ We’re in such uncharted territory right now. I’ve seen a lot of fear and a lot of men of a certain generation not understanding.”
- She also shared her own minor story of misconduct. Bullock did not name the person, but said it changed the way she did business. “It was a lesson,” she said. “After that, I tended to remove anything that could be misconstrued as sexual. I locked it down.”
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