Game of Thrones star Lena Headey revealed on Tuesday that she had her own harrowing experience with Harvey Weinstein in an elevator during the Venice Film Festival in 2005. When she declined his advances, he warned her to keep quiet.
“He whispered in my ear Don’t tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent. I got into my car and I cried,” the British actress wrote on Twitter.
“At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture, I just laughed it off,” Headey, 44, wrote.
“I was genuinely shocked, I remember thinking, it’s got to be a joke, I said something like… oh come on mate?!?? It’d be like kissing my dad !!”
She said she saw Weinstein several years later in Los Angeles, California. “I had always carried the thought that he’d never try anything with me again,’’ Headey said. “I believed he respected my boundary.”
That said, Headey explained that Weinstein made advances to her again. Weinstein “said, let’s go up to my room, I want to give you a script,” Headey wrote.
“We walked to the lift and the energy shifted, my whole body went into high alert, the lift was going up and I said to Harvey, I’m not interested in anything other than work.
“He was silent as I spoke, furious,” Headey said.
Luckily for Headey, Weinstein’s hotel key card was not working, she claimed. he walked her back to the elevator, “holding tightly to the back of my arm,’’ she wrote.
Weinstein then ordered her to keep quiet about what had happened.
Headed also called out director Terry Gilliam, who she worked alongside in the 2005 movie The Brothers Grimm, that said not for sexual harassment.
Headed explained “(during shooting, I was subjected to endless bullying by the director Terry Gilliam),’’ she pointed out while writing about Weinstein.