Creep’s vile acts an ‘open se­cret’ says star Fionnula

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY DAVID COLE­MAN

IR­ISH ac­tress Fionnula Flana­gan has told of her ex­pe­ri­ences with “creep” pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein. He has been branded by mul­ti­ple ac­tresses as a sex pest who rou­tinely ha­rassed women and abused them in seedy “cast­ing couch” sce­nar­ios. And 75-year-old Flana­gan, who ap­peared in hit TV show Lost, said it was an “open se­cret” how the Amer­i­can treated women. She said: “He was ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on a pic­ture I did called The Oth­ers. His com­pany also dis­trib­uted Transamer­ica. “He was around a lot of the oth­ers [movies I did], at the par­ties etc.


“By the time I worked in The Oth­ers and Trans Amer­ica I was no longer a 20-year-old and it seems to be it was with ac­tresses when they were young he be­haved so ap­pallingly. “He was sort of re­pul­sive in his be­hav­iour to­wards women and that was well known. It was an open se­cret. “He never made any ad­vances to­ward me. “He was, to put a fine point on it, a creep. That was known. “He was no­to­ri­ous for break­ing deals, which in­deed he did with me. Flana­gan said he was more than likely pro­tected by his star power. She told Live­line on RTE Ra­dio 1: “He was a pow­er­ful per­son who could make or break a ca­reer. “He was just one pro­ducer but he was a pow­er­ful pro­ducer.” And now she thinks more peo­ple will come out against big names in the in­dus­try who have abused their po­si­tion of power. Flana­gan said: “It is so coura­geous of th­ese women to come for­ward. It’s not easy to do be­cause he was so pow­er­ful. “My guess is that peo­ple are go­ing to spill the beans on other pow­er­ful guys. There’ll will be a lot of quak­ing in boots.”

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