Weinstein lawyers pin hopes on Bond girl’s ‘new story’
HARVEY Weinstein’s lawyers believe his chances of escaping jail have been boosted after a Bond girl who claims he attacked her has changed her account of the episode.
French actress Léa Seydoux, 33, who played Dr Madeleine Swann in 2015’s 007 film Spectre, described last year how the Hollywood producer allegedly attacked her.
She had said he ‘lost control’ after inviting her to his room and said she resisted his advances. But she has now said that she didn’t need to defend herself.
In the Guardian last year, Ms Seydoux said Weinstein and her ‘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.’
But Weinstein’s lawyers are now seizing upon an interview Ms Seydoux gave to November’s French Marie Claire.
She told the magazine: ‘If he wanted to rape me, he could have done, but he didn’t. It never came to blows and I didn’t have to defend myself.’
Ms Seydoux’s representatives did not respond to requests for comment last night.