Saturday 20 October 2018

'I wept after Weinstein encounter' - Brit Marling

Actress and writer Brit Marling
Actress and writer Brit Marling

The OA creator Brit Marling is the latest Hollywood star to allege she was harassed by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

The actress and writer said she was invited to meet the mogul in 2014 after two films she co-wrote and starred in were included at the Sundance Film Festival.

Her account bears striking similarities to those given by many other actresses, who claim they were met by a female employee who soon left her alone with Weinstein, before he suggested massages.

"I, too, was asked if I wanted a massage, champagne, strawberries," Marling wrote.

"I, too, sat in that chair paralysed by mounting fear when he suggested we shower together.


"What could I do? How not to offend this man, this gatekeeper, who could anoint or destroy me?"

Marling, who penned and starred in Netflix sci-fi series The OA, as well as films The East and Sound Of My Voice, continued: "It was clear that there was only one direction he wanted this encounter to go in, and that was sex or some version of an erotic exchange.

"I was able to gather myself together - a bundle of firing nerves, hands trembling, voice lost in my throat - and leave the room.

"I later sat in my hotel room alone and wept."

She said she believes she was able to walk out of the room because she entered the meeting as a writer, as well as an actress.

Weinstein denies allegations of non-consensual sex.

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