Clooney, who broke into the world of film via Weinstein in 1996 for his role in From Dusk Til Dawn, claimed he had heard most of the rumors of Weinstein’s behavior come from the producer himself.
“He would say, ‘I had an affair with this actress or that actress.’ And I took all of that with a grain of salt. I thought he might have been chasing them,” Clooney said during a press conference for his film Suburbicon, which has already received terrible reviews.
“Somebody knew,” Clooney said, apparently pleading ignorance. “There were people that brought young actresses to his hotel room. Whoever had that story and didn’t write it should be held responsible. I want to know what kind of ad dollars were spent from The Weinstein Company and from Miramax, because we should have known this. This is violating women, this is assault. This is silencing women.”
“Yeah, he’s mean to work with, I knew that for a fact,” he added. “But the idea that he’s committed these kind[sic] of atrocities. I want to know who knew.”
It’s hard to take Clooney’s words seriously considering he admitted to being close friends with the producer for two decades.
“I’ve known Harvey for twenty years. He gave me my first big break as an actor in films on From Dusk till Dawn, he gave me my first big break as a director with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. We’ve had dinners, we’ve been on location together, we’ve had arguments. But I can tell you that I’ve never seen any of this behavior—ever,” Clooney said in an interview with The Daily Beast.
Since the Weinstein scandal was exposed, Clooney has been accused of helping blacklist actresses who complained of sexual harassment.
ER actress Vanessa Marquez, who has hardly been seen on screen since her role in the medical drama, made the claim via Twitter on October 9.
“He’s not who he pretends [to be],” she added in another post. “Wells, NBC, Amblin, WB, cast & crew & my agents all complicit in my
#Blacklist [for] speaking UP in ’95”
When one user expressed shock at the allegation, Marquez replied by saying, “He’s a monster in his own way… Everyone should know The Truth About Clooney.”
Clooney issued a statement following the accusations, once again claiming ignorance.
“I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted. I take her at her word,” the actor said, according to Page Six.
“I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor. If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to. The fact that I couldn’t affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn’t,” he added.
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