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Lea Seydoux: Weinstein Far From Alone Treating Women With 'Contempt'

Sexual Harrassment Widespread in Hollywood

Lea Seydoux

French Actress Lea Seydoux says Harvey Weinstein’s behavior is endemic in the film industry. (Photo: GQ Australia)

French actress Lea Seydoux says she had her own predatory sexual encounter with Harvey Weinstein, but he’s far from alone. She says the film industry routinely “treats women with contempt.”

The Weinstein scandal, which broke in The New York Times, has lifted a lid on sexual exploitation in Hollywood.

IM reported earlier that more than one executive is likely fearing exposure.

Seydoux, 32, says she’s seen it all in her decade-long film career.

“I meet men like Harvey Weinstein all the time,” she says in a commentary in London’s Guardian newspaper. “I know all of the ways in which the film industry treats women with contempt.”

Lea Seydoux Sexy, Sophisticated in GQ
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She described her first meeting with the disgraced movie producer. “He was charming, funny, smart–but very domineering,” she recalls.

“He wanted to meet me for drinks and insisted we had to make an appointment that very night. This was never going to be about work. He had other intentions – I could see that very clearly,” she added.

Her description fits Weinstein’s modus operandi perfectly.

More than a dozen women have gone public detailing their encounters. There was nothing suave or sophisticated about his actions. It was a pure power play.

He would maneuver a young starlet into a one-on-one situation, then cajole her with boorish and overbearing demands mixed with career threats and promises.

His power and influence in Hollywood made it hard for young, up-and-coming actresses to resist his advances. Many did so at grave risk of sinking their careers.

Seydoux recalls meeting him at his hotel. She recalls:

“All throughout the evening, he flirted and stared at me as if I was a piece of meat. He acted as if he were considering me for a role. But I knew that was bullshit. I knew it, because I could see it in his eyes. He had a lecherous look. He was using his power to get sex. He invited me to come to his hotel room for a drink. We went up together. It was hard to say no because he’s so powerful. All the girls are scared of him. Soon, his assistant left and it was just the two of us. That’s the moment where he started losing control. We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along.”

The French actress, best known for her role in “Blue is the Warmest Color,” says it’s been impossible to avoid Weinstein at industry events.

“I’ve seen how he operates: the way he looks for an opening. The way he tests women to see what he can get away with,” she says. “He also doesn’t take no for an answer.”

His behavior was an open secret in Hollywood she says

One night, I saw him in London for the Baftas. He was hitting on a young woman. Another time, at the Met Life ball, I saw him trying to convince a young woman to sleep with him. Everyone could see what he was doing. That’s the most disgusting thing. Everyone knew what Harvey was up to and no one did anything. It’s unbelievable that he’s been able to act like this for decades and still keep his career. That’s only possible because he has a huge amount of power.

Other industry executives have also hit on her over the years.

“The first time a director made an inappropriate comment to me, I was in my mid-20s. He was a director I really liked and respected. We were alone and he said to me: “I wish I could have sex with you, I wish I could fuck you,” she says.

“He said it in a way that was half joking and half serious. I was very angry. I was trying to do my job and he made me very uncomfortable. He has slept with all of the actresses he filmed.”

For more from her commentary, check out The Guardian.



 



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