Grif­fiths was warned about We­in­stein

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - Jonathon Mo­ran

IT was the chill­ing warn­ing given to ac­claimed Aussie ac­tor Rachel Grif­fiths on her ar­rival in Hollywood: never be alone with Har­vey We­in­stein.

While the We­in­stein Com­pany has done its best to dis­tance it­self from its dis­graced founder since a flood of sex­ual ha­rass­ment allegations emerged against him last month, Grif­fiths has re­vealed in­sid­ers knew of his ab­hor­rent be­hav­iour decades ago.

Grif­fiths, who was pro­pelled to in­ter­na­tional star­dom on the back of her break­through role in 1994’s

Muriel’s Wed­ding, went to Los An­ge­les af­ter We­in­stein’s com­pany Mi­ra­max bought dis­tri­bu­tion rights to the film. “When I landed in Hollywood af­ter the ac­qui­si­tion of Muriel’s

Wed­ding by Mi­ra­max I was pulled aside by a high-rank­ing fe­male from Mi­ra­max and told, ‘Don’t ever be alone in a room with Har­vey, ever,’” she said. “I took her ad­vice and never was.”

Rachel Grif­fiths. Pic­ture: Toby Zerna

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