Griffiths was warned about Weinstein
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