Lea Seydoux: ‘I Had To Fight Harvey Weinstein Off Me During Hotel Meeting’

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October 11, 2017 | 6:54pm EST

French star Lea Seydoux has become the latest actress to accuse disgraced movie boss Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, alleging he once jumped on her a tried to steal a kiss.
The 32-year-old, who worked with the producer on Inglourious Basterds, admits she felt like “a piece of meat” throughout a meeting with the Hollywood heavyweight and his young assistant.
“All throughout the evening, he flirted and stared at me as if I was a piece of meat,” she tells The Guardian. “He acted as if he were considering me for a role. But I knew that was bulls**t. I knew it, because I could see it in his eyes. He had a lecherous look.
“He was using his power to get sex.”
But things started to get uncomfortable when Harvey’s assistant left.
“We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me,” Lea recalls. “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.”
The French actress has joined the likes of Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow, who have opened up about awkward, inappropriate moments with Weinstein, while Italian actress Asia Argento has gone one step further, accusing the movie mogul of rape.
Several leading ladies, like Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, and Kate Winslet have condemned Weinstein for actions detailed in new New York Times and New Yorker exposes, and now Annette Bening has spoken out, stating she hopes the sex scandal will be a “tipping point” in Hollywood.
“I mean I don’t think it’s going to be overnight but there is a new and different understanding and awareness of what that kind of behavior means and for women to be able to stand up and be open, that takes such courage and they deserve all the credit and in this case I think the right thing is happening,” the veteran actress tells Press Association.
“I just hope it’s opened awareness maybe a little bit more, for people to understand how difficult it is when you’re in that position as a woman, as a young woman, as a vulnerable woman, as a woman who needs a job.”
Annette adds, “Let’s face it, most women, in some way or another, have experienced it. Maybe not to the degree, I hope not to the degree that is in all these stories, but on some level.”