Glenn Close says that Harvey Weinstein, who's been accused of multiple accounts of sexual harassment and assault, "was known to be a pig," and while she was not "preyed upon" by him, she has had some "uncomfortable" casting moments with other men.
The fallen producer was fired from The Weinstein Company back in October amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, which has since prompted more than 80 accusers to come forward. While he has yet to be charged with a crime -- Rose McGowan, as well as others, have accused him of rape -- police investigations against him are still ongoing. (He denies any non-consensual intercourse.)
"In the Harvey case, you'd be lying if you said you didn't know that he had a terrible reputation," Glenn told Jezebel in an interview published on Dec. 15. "He was known to be a pig."
Like so many major stars out there, the "Fatal Attraction" actress has been photographed at celeb-filled events with Harvey. He also produced two animated films that featured her voice. (One of the movies, "Gandahar," is one of the three projects he directed himself.)
Back in October, the esteemed actress told the New York Times, "I'm sitting here, deeply upset, acknowledging to myself that, yes, for many years, I have been aware of the vague rumors that Harvey Weinstein had a pattern of behaving inappropriately around women. Harvey has always been decent to me, but now that the rumors are being substantiated, I feel angry and darkly sad."
She added: "I'm angry, not just at him and the conspiracy of silence around his actions, but also that the 'casting couch' phenomenon, so to speak, is still a reality in our business and in the world: the horrible pressure, the awful expectation put on a woman when a powerful, egotistical, entitled bully expects sexual favors in exchange for a job."
In another interview, which also went live on Dec. 15, Glenn told The New Republic that while she was "never preyed upon," there were auditions that made her uneasy over the years. During one, a man put his hand on her thigh, which she described as an attempt to determine whether or not they had "what they'd call sexual chemistry."
"[It's] like putting a dog in with a [female dog] and seeing if he wants to hump her," she said.
Glenn also said to Jezebel, "As more and more people are being exposed and more and more women are being able to come up and say they were abused or preyed upon. I feel that it's kind of in the male DNA, that if somebody walks in the room, your first thought is, 'Do I want to [expletive] her?' Honestly speaking. Women maybe, but not to the same degree. If you expect that to change, I think it's stupid. But I hope this is a tipping point and I hope it will represent a social revolution. Evolution. Evolution."
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