Harvey Weinstein Replies to Angelina Jolie’s Assault Allegations From Prison
In an interview with The Guardian, Angelina Jolie revealed that disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein attempted to assault her while filming the 1998 picture Playing by Heart. At the time, Jolie was 21 years old. Jolie said, “If you get out of the room, you believe he tried but failed, right? The truth is that the effort, as well as the sensation of it, is a form of assault.” According to Jolie, “It was more than a pass; it was something I needed to get away from.”
Weinstein, a convicted rapist serving a 23-year sentence, sent a statement to TMZ via his assistant from his jail cell, disputing Jolie’s allegation. “THERE WAS NEVER AN ASSAULT OR AN ATTEMPT TO ASSAULT,” he stated emphatically. “It’s blatantly false and clickbait advertising. Because you’re Angelina Jolie, I’m sure you’ve piqued the interest of every man and woman on the planet. Is the entire world coming at you?“
The American actress revealed in the interview that she informed her first husband and Hackers co-star Jonny Lee Miller about the incident. “I stayed away and warned people about him,” Jolie said. “I remember telling Jonny, my first husband, who was good about it, to spread the word to other guys – don’t let girls go alone with him.“
Brad Pitt, her third spouse, was less enthusiastic. Pitt worked on Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglorious Basterds, which was co-produced by The Weinstein Company while knowing that Weinstein had reportedly raped her. Pitt also sought Weinstein to produce and distribute his 2012 feature Killing Them Softly, which The Weinstein Company distributed. Jolie added, “I was asked to do The Aviator, but I said no because [Weinstein] was involved. I didn’t associate with him or work with him again. When Brad did, it was difficult for me.”
The award-winning actress added, “We fought about it. Of course, it hurt.” Pitt is currently producing a film about the New York Times reporting that ultimately took Weinstein down. Along with Amnesty International and human rights lawyer Geraldine Van Bueren, Jolie is working on a book called Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth about minors’ rights.
Weinstein’s assistant also claimed in a statement to PEOPLE that “It’s very clear to me that this is for more sales on Angie’s book. It’s a more attractive book sale if she mentions the infamous movie producer that may have shown interest in her.” Jolie soundly denied those claims. “I really don’t want to derail the book into stories about Harvey,” she added.
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