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Madonna reveals Harvey Weinstein 'crossed lines and boundaries' while they worked on Truth or Dare

The singer said she was 'aware that he did the same with a lot of other women'

Jack Shepherd
Thursday 06 June 2019 10:09
Madonna performing at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards
Madonna performing at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Madonna has revealed how Harvey Weinstein "crossed lines and boundaries" while working with her.

The disgraced film producer, who has been accused of sexual assault by over 50 women, distributed the singer's documentary Truth or Dare under the Miramax name.

“Harvey crossed lines and boundaries and was incredibly sexually flirtatious and forward with me when we were working together," she told The New York Times. "He was married at the time, and I certainly wasn’t interested."

Madonna said that she was "aware that he did the same with a lot of other women that I knew in the business" but that nobody said anything because of Weinstein's power in the industry. She added: "We were all, ‘Harvey gets to do that because he’s got so much power and he’s so successful and his movies do so well and everybody wants to work with him, so you have to put up with it’. So that was it."

Discussing how she reacted to seeing the initial reports of allegations against Weinstein, she said: "When it happened, I was really like, ‘Finally.’ I wasn’t cheering from the rafters because I’m never going to cheer for someone’s demise.

"I don’t think that’s good karma anyway. But it was good that somebody who had been abusing his power for so many years was called out and held accountable.”

Weinstein recently reached a tentative multi-million dollar settlement with women who accused him of sexual assault. With the $44m settlement, Weinstein’s lawyers hope to cover all pending suits against the producer and his business associates relating to his studio.

Among Weinstein’s accusers are major Hollywood stars Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek. Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.

He will go on trial in New York for charges of raping an unidentified female acquaintance in his Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.

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