Thursday 21 June 2018

Jessica Chastain praises friend speaking out about alleged Weinstein harassment

Actress Jess Weixler alleges Harvey Weinstein propositioned her for years.

Graham Norton Show – London
Graham Norton Show – London

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Jessica Chastain has praised her friend and co-star Jess Weixler as a “warrior” after she thanked a network of actresses for protecting her from Harvey Weinstein.

Weixler starred opposite Chastain in The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, which was distributed by The Weinstein Company.

“There were several years of Harvey propositioning me, combined with requests for meetings about scripts, and talk of what directors he could introduce me to. Thank goodness I heard enough not to go.

“Grabbing my arm at crowded parties and telling me my fiancé wasn’t invited to be at Cannes when we were there promoting Rigby. Being told he wouldn’t be able to get into events if he came.

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“The accounts I’ve heard of what happened to others are devastating. In a time when the press killed stories and DAs ignored evidence, there was an underground network of women protecting women.

“And I’m just so grateful to the women who warned and protected me.”

Chastain shared the post and wrote: “Much love to you sister. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. You are a warrior.”

She previously tweeted: “Thank God for social media. #Weinstein couldn’t kill this wave of warriors working to keep this story alive. This has been very painful.”

Press Association

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