The past few years have been a watershed moment for women, prompted by the New York Times’ investigation of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, seeing over 70 women coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and abuse.
The multiple reports of not only harassing female employees, but also paying off his accusers for decades, are said to date back 30 years, with the revelations leading to Weinstein getting fired from his own company and a third of its all-male board resigning – not to mention, prompting the global #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
Two years later and the waves created by #MeToo are still in motion, with actress Jennifer Aniston explaining her own experiences with the disgraced movie mogul only recently.
Opening up to Variety, the 50-year-old recalled how Harvey Weinstein once tried to bully her into wearing a Marchesa dress, with his then wife Georgina Chapman having only just created the fashion brand.
‘That’s when he came to visit me in London while we were shooting’, Jen explained of her 2004 film, Derailed. ‘He’d be like, ‘OK, so I’d like you to wear one of these to the premiere,’” she continued, going on to recall him presenting her with a Marchesa look book.
‘And I went through the book, and at the time, it wasn’t what it is today. It was not for me,’ she went on to explain. ‘He was like, ”You have to wear the dress.” That was my only bullying. And I was like, “No, I will not wear the dress.”’
The interviewer went on to ask whether Harvey accepted her refusal, to which she replied: ‘Well, what was he going to do? Come over here and make me wear it?!’
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