Bond girl: He stared at me like I was a piece of meat

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BOND girl Léa Sey­doux yes­ter­day re­vealed how Har­vey We­in­stein ‘jumped’ on her and tried to kiss her af­ter invit­ing her to his ho­tel room.

The French ac­tress, who starred in Spec­tre, said the en­counter took place af­ter her first meet­ing with the movie mogul, at a fash­ion show.

She said: ‘He wanted to meet me for drinks and in­sisted we had to make an ap­point­ment that very night.

‘This was never go­ing to be about work. He had other in­ten­tions – I could see that very clearly.

‘We met in the lobby of his ho­tel. His as­sis­tant, a young wo­man, was there. All through­out the evening, he flirted and stared at me as if I was a piece of meat. He acted as if he were con­sid­er­ing me for a role. But I knew that was bull **** . I knew it, be­cause I could see it in his eyes. He had a lech­er­ous look. He was us­ing his power to get sex.

‘He in­vited me to come to his ho­tel room for a drink. We went up to­gether. It was hard to say no be­cause he’s so pow­er­ful. All the girls are scared of him. Soon, his as­sis­tant left and it was just the two of us. That’s the mo­ment where he started los­ing con­trol.

‘We were talk­ing on the sofa when he sud­denly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to de­fend my­self. He’s big and fat, so I had to be force­ful to re­sist him. I left his room, thor­oughly dis­gusted. I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Be­cause I knew what kind of man he was all along.’

She added, in a piece writ­ten for The Guardian, that she has met him many times since then and seen him work­ing on other ac­tresses.

She said: ‘We are in the same in­dus­try, so it’s im­pos­si­ble to avoid him. I’ve seen how he op­er­ates: the way he looks for an open­ing. The way he tests women to see what he can get away with.

‘He also doesn’t take no for an an­swer. I once went with him to a res­tau­rant and when he couldn’t get a ta­ble he got an­gry and said, “Do you know who I am? I am Har­vey We­in­stein.” That’s the kind of man he is.

‘I’ve been at din­ners with him where he’s bragged openly about Hol­ly­wood ac­tresses he has had sex with.

‘He’s also said misog­y­nis­tic things to me over the years. “You’d be bet­ter if you lost weight,” he said. That com­ment shocked me.

‘One night, I saw him in Lon­don for the Baf­tas. He was hit­ting on a young wo­man. An­other time, at the Met Life ball, I saw him try­ing to con­vince a young wo­man to sleep with him. Ev­ery­one could see what he was do­ing.

‘That’s the most dis­gust­ing thing. Ev­ery­one knew what Har­vey was up to and no one did any­thing. It’s un­be­liev­able that he’s been able to act like this for decades and still keep his ca­reer. That’s only pos­si­ble be­cause he has a huge amount of power.’

She said the prob­lem is rife across the in­dus­try, and claimed that she has come across the same be­hav­iour from di­rec­tors.

She said she had to push away one di­rec­tor af­ter he tried to kiss her, an­other told her ‘I wish I could f*** you’, while an­other watched in­tently while film­ing ‘very long sex scenes that lasted days’.

We­in­stein’s preda­tory be­hav­iour was re­vealed in a mem­oir by the heiress to Guin­ness seven years ago. In it, Ivanna Low­ell claimed We­in­stein burst in on her and a friend and de­manded a mas­sage from them.

The 51-year-old, who worked for the pro­ducer at his firm Mi­ra­max Books in the 1990s, also al­leged that he once chased her around a desk.

In her 2010 mem­oir, en­ti­tled Why Not Say What Hap­pened?, the aris­to­crat said the mas­sage in­ci­dent took place one night when he turned up at her apart­ment unan­nounced. Low­ell, daugh­ter of the late au­thor Lady Caro­line Black­wood, wrote: ‘The scene was com­i­cal: Har­vey ly­ing spread-ea­gle, dwarf­ing the bed like Gul­liver pinned down by midgets, and [a friend] and I laugh­ing ner­vously, still edg­ing as far away as pos­si­ble.’

Talk­ing about an­other in­ci­dent, she wrote: ‘[We­in­stein] would call me into his of­fice un­der some pre­text... his of­fice door would be slammed shut and he would play­fully chase me around his desk.’

‘He doesn’t take no for an an­swer’ ‘He would chase me around his desk’

Writ­ing on Face­book, Low­ell, who dated We­in­stein’s younger brother Bob, said the pro­ducer threat­ened to sue her over her mem­oir claims.

She said: ‘When my book was first pub­lished, Har­vey called me up, scream­ing, and said that I made him look like a per­vert. I replied “Yes, so?”

‘He threat­ened to sue me, and then both Har­vey and Bob called me a liar.’

This week, she said: ‘I left out a lot of sor­did de­tails be­cause I still con­sid­ered Bob a friend and I didn’t re­alise the ex­tent and con­se­quences of Har­vey’s sick­en­ing ways. This whole thing has left me reel­ing.’

Léa Sey­doux: Dis­gusted at her en­counter

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