Singer Madonna is the latest star in the long list to accuse the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of making alleged sexual advances. She has opened up about the ordeal and how she dealt with his sexual advances in a latest interview. The singer told the New York Times that that Weinstein “crossed lines and boundaries” when they worked together on her 1991 documentary, Truth or Dare.
According to the interview, the producer had been “incredibly sexually flirtatious and forward with” Madonna when they were working together. “He was married at the time, and I certainly wasn’t interested,” she added. Truth or Dare was distributed by the film mogul’s Weinstein Company. The drowned company filed for bankruptcy last year, having fired Weinstein as chairman in 2017.
Weinstein was accused of sexually harassing or abusing over 75 women, which he later denied. He denied the allegations made by the pop star saying she had mischaracterised their relationship.
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Madonna told the newspaper: “I was aware that he did the same with a lot of other women that I knew in the business.”
“We were all ‘Harvey gets to do that because he’s got so much power and he’s so successful and his movies do so well and everybody wants to work with him’, so you have to put up with it’.”
In a statement to BBC, Weinstein dismissed the allegations saying, “Madonna is such a maverick it is surprising that she conformed to what’s in Vogue. This new narrative was not the nature of my relationship with her, and I will not Justify My terrific feelings for her. It was significant, material and fun.”
“She was that Ray of Light whom I will always Cherish. Anyone who knew her well back in those days, appreciates that she knew how to Express herself, she was fun, flirtatious and genuinely engaging, but if getting on this bandwagon helps her sell records, Turn Up the Radio,” he added.
Last month, Weinstein and his former studio’s board members reached a tentative $44 million deal with his accusers to resolve lawsuits and compensate. However, a criminal case remains intact, including one brought by the actress Ashley Judd. Weinstein’s trial is set to begin on September 9.
Last year, Judd sued the movie mogul for defamation, accusing him of ruining her career after she denied sexual favours in the 1990s.
In an essay for Time, Judd shared her story saying she “didn’t have a reaction” to Weinstein’s arrest.
Judd ridiculed the law, saying someone “can navigate the duality of having aggressed and address their abuse of power with culpability and integrity.”
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“As I spoke with others for whom the ground was shaking, I realized my feeling was that a sexual predator being legally accountable for criminal behaviour is and should be normal, routine and not particularly newsworthy. And I also understood why it is thunderous news,” she expressed.
In the lengthy article, Madonna claimed to be relieved that the authorities were now involved. “So when it happened, I was really like, ‘Finally. I wasn’t cheering from the rafters’ because I’m never going to cheer for someone’s demise. I don’t think that’s good karma anyway,” she explained.
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