Huddersfield actress Lena Headey has told how she was left in tears following an alleged encounter with film producer Harvey Weinstein – who has been accused by a number of women in the industry of sexual harassment.
The Game of Thrones star posted a series of tweets in which she claimed she first met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival and that he had “made some suggestive comment” to her.
She wrote that they later met in Los Angeles and that she “believed that he respected my boundary and maybe he wanted to talk about potential work.”
She said they met for breakfast and discussed films before Weinstein “asked me a few questions about the state of my love life.”
Lena, who grew up in Shelley and attended Shelley College, wrote that she “shifted the conversation back to something less personal” before she later told him she was “not interested in anything other than work” while they were in a lift together.
“He was silent after I spoke, furious,” she continued.
“We got out of the lift and walked to his room. His hand was on my back, he was marching me forward, not a word, I felt completely powerless, he tried his key card and it didn’t work, then he got really angry.
“He walked me back to the lift, through the hotel to the valet, by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm, he paid for my car and whispered in my ear ‘don’t tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent.’”
Lena said: “I got into my car and I cried.”
The Hollywood mogul has been accused of sexual harassment by a number of actresses including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne and Lysette Anthony.
The Metropolitan Police are also investigating five allegations involving Weinstein, sources have confirmed, dating back to the late 1980s.
Through his spokeswoman, the 65-year-old has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual sex after three actresses said he had raped them in an article in The New Yorker.