Eva Green: Harvey Weinstein ‘behaved inappropriately & I had to push him off’

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I didn’t choose these photos of Eva Green specifically because they feature Roman Polanski. That was just a terrible accident. These photos are from this year’s Cannes premiere of Roman Polanski’s Based On a True Story, starring Eva and Emmanuelle Seigner, and these pics were literally the most recent photos we have of Eva. So, just take it at face value. Eva has no problem working with Roman Polanski. But she did have an issue working with Harvey Weinstein. The side-by-side isn’t even worth it, and let me be clear: the fact that Eva worked with Roman Polanski has nothing to do with the veracity of her claims about Harvey Weinstein. She can be the victim of Weinstein’s sustained sexual harassment, AND she can be an a–hole for working with Polanski.

First, Eva’s mother Marlene Jobert (a French actress) said in a radio interview that Weinstein sexually harassed Eva for two years:

The mother of actress Eva Green says the James Bond actress was targeted by Harvey Weinstein. On Friday, Green’s mother, French actress Marlene Jobert, told Europe 1 radio that her daughter was also “sexually harassed” by the movie mogul for two years.

“My daughter Eva was the victim of this horrible man …” the 76-year old star said, adding she was speaking on her daughter’s behalf. “At the time, I was truly horrified, so scandalized that I wanted to do something but my daughter said ‘Absolutely Not! You do not know the evil he is capable of.’ “

While her daughter has resisted speaking out personally since allegations concerning Weinstein have arisen, Jobert said she was motivated to “add another testimony because it isn’t possible that this guy goes unpunished. This odious character must be prosecuted.”

Green, star of Penny Dreadful, was targeted by Weinstein during 2010-11, Jobert said. To escape confrontation, Green tried not to reply. “She was intimidated, this guy had so much power, power over all cinema! He must have put obstacles in her way because he was so vexed? It was difficult, took time to recover, she prefers to forget and not talk about it today.”

Speaking to the news radio station, she described Weinstein “as tenacious, he insisted for several months, every time he was in Paris, he called.” Jobert stressed that Weinstein’s approach was “a professional rendezvous” with the offer of a starring role. “Under the pretext of a professional appointment, he’d given her a script with a beautiful key role it. And as his office was also in his hotel suite, they’d go up and then … He promised her, like the others that he’d favorize their careers in exchange for sexual favors.”

“Eva managed to escape him but he threatened to destroy her professionally,” her mother explained. “Because if the ‘BIG PIG’ had been outed by a victim, for revenge he would forbid [directors] to select them. That’s a brutal reaction to take on a young actress because it was putting themselves in danger of being scratched off casting lists.”

[From People]

After her mom outed her – and I really hope Eva gave her mom permission to speak on her behalf – Eva ended up confirming her mom’s story with a statement of her own:

“I wish to address comments made by my mother in a recent interview regarding Harvey Weinstein. I met him for a business meeting in Paris at which he behaved inappropriately and I had to push him off. I got away without it going further, but the experience left me shocked and disgusted. I have not discussed this before because I wanted to maintain my privacy, but I understand it is important to do so as I hear about other women’s experiences. Women are often condemned when they speak out and their personal reputations tarnished by association. I salute the great bravery of the women who have come forward. We should recognise that this sort of behaviour exists everywhere and is not unique to the entertainment industry. The exploitation of power is ubiquitous. This behavior is unacceptable and needs to be eliminated.”

[From Page Six]

“He behaved inappropriately and I had to push him off.”
That’s assault. When he’s on top of you or ON you to the point where you have to “push him off,” that’s assault. And I have no doubt that Eva’s mom was telling more of the story than Eva would, that Weinstein was calling Eva and harassing her whenever he was in Paris. It would not surprise me in the least. Ugh, these stories are so awful.

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  1. Sunglasses Aready says:

    Always liked this actress and surprised she was never used more in films. Now I know the reason behind it. Looking forward to seeing more of Eva in the future. Great actress.

    • roxane says:

      To be fair. I think she just made some pretty stupid career choices on her own.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Or perhaps she took the work she could get since she was in all likelihood blocked from other parts by Harvey.

    • lavin says:

      Poor Eva. Harvey is a monster.
      Now I see why she didn’t get much film work. Harvey!
      She’s one of the most stunning, actresses.

    • raincoaster says:

      She’s staggeringly talented, but I think she did quite well with Penny Dreadful. Then again, maybe she went to tv because Weinstein blacklisted her in movies.

  2. Nibbi says:

    But Polanski tho.

    Convicted *child rapist* who ran away to Europe to avoid imprisonment, and has been able to continue his film career & achieve glory in the decades since.

    Hold his hand, do your career, look away…. more of the same.

    • Nicole says:

      Exactly. Nothing different from the countless women that excused Weinstein or Allen. Heck the “bad behavior” of Leto was laughed off and it was @$$hole behavior.
      Do I believe she was assaulted? Yep. Do I think she would look the other way if it benefitted her? Yep because here she is looking chummy with a convicted rapist

    • Char says:

      I cannot support people who still support Polanski & Allen. You are a victim of Weinstein, sure, and you deserve sympathy. But how can you not understand the victims of those two being a victim yourself? And still work with them, defend them?

    • callitout says:


      I felt the same way when Asia Argento talked about Weinstein and then I thought about how she is the FIRST name on the Polanski petition. Even JLaw’s boyfriend is on the Polanski petition.

      Ladies, it’s either all or nothing. It’s pissing me off to no end thinking they think we won’t be bothered by this and ask questions. WE WILL ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS.

  3. Jennifer says:

    That… does not sound as if she gave her mother permission to reveal what happened to her.

  4. Cbould says:

    Lock him up. Lock him up, right?

    At this point 30 women have gone on record with similar stories of assault. In 3 countries. Surely the police force somewhere will have the courage to prosecute, right?

    This man is a predator & criminal.

    • Radley says:

      I read yesterday that a British actress actually went to the police last week. So we’ll see where that goes. He really does deserve some time of criminal punishment for all this. Fingers crossed that someone will be able to make a case.

  5. Lizzie says:

    i hate that it happened to her. i also hate that people are being pressured into telling what happened to them if they don’t want to. i know that these vile abusive creatures live in darkness and telling the truth drives them out – but it isn’t every woman who has been assaulted by weinstein’s responsibility to share what happened to them if they don’t want to. they haven’t been subpoenaed.

    but i also hate that she worked to polanski. i hope she realizes now that working with him was a mistake.

    but i also love that dress.

  6. Stacey says:

    Good lord who DIDNT he attack? How is this not blackmail? How did his wife stand by him. If he was this prolific of a predator, how could that woman be with him. She turned Her head the other way and enjoyed the fruits of his sick business.

    Acting roles are these womens livelihood and he impacted their future earnings when they didnt comply. How is this not illegal?

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      It *is* illegal, he just got away with it (so far).

    • AnnaKist says:

      As if his despicable deeds and unlawful behaviour didn’t make him enough of an arsehole. No. He is also a vile, utterly vindictive bastard.

  7. Anniefannie says:

    My god how did HW get any work done it appears his career was primarily employed to sexually harass and assault women at every opportunity!
    I had a similar incident in that my employer offered me a ride home when my car wouldn’t start. Out of no where and in broad day light he asked ” How about a blow job?”
    I was speechless, then I gave him the best withering look I could muster and said ” How about I call your wife?”
    I saw genuine fear on his face which made my escape easier. This was a guy I genuinely liked & cared about Given HW’s odious appearance and demeanor I can’t imagine how terrified these woman were….if there’s a God he’ll do some major time!

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s what I was thinking – was his day like 10% work and 90% harassment and assault? It’s amazing he got any work done.
      I am so sorry your boss did that to you. That is truly appalling, but I have to say, your response was perfect.

    • Snazzy says:

      OMG I’m so sorry your boss did that to you – but yes your response was perfect!

  8. KBeth says:

    At this point it would be easier to list the women he didn’t violate, he is beyond repulsive.

  9. Div says:

    I wonder if he blacklisted her because I remember that she was very much hyped as the next big thing at one point. Poor Eva, I feel so sorry for that she had to endure an assault and then probably professional blackmail on top of it.

    Also, about the Roman thing….perhaps that should be a second, different post (the hypocrisy)? There are no perfect victims but I’m not really sure people should be calling her out for working with Roman in the same breath that they discuss her assault. Think about it if this was someone you knew…you wouldn’t say “poor X for getting assaulted, but I still can’t forgive them for working with Y.”

    • teacakes says:

      @Div – I agree. I really feel like the chorus of “but they’re trash for _____[fill in reason]” falls way too close to demanding ‘perfect’ victimhood, I’ve just been very uncomfortable with some of the ways Weinstein’s victims have been discussed here and elsewhere.

  10. Miss S says:

    I don’t doubt her but I can’t overcome the hypocrisy. Just like Kate Winslet she is selective about what really bothers her about this kind of behaviour. Supporting a convicted rapist of a 13 year old seems to be fine for them I guess.

    And no, I don’t believe that every single woman who declined his advances was punished professionally. I’m sure he did that to many, but that argument just seems like a lazy justification of really bad choices. It’s a competitive business as it is and many won’t succeed for many different reasons that have nothing to do with Weinstein.

  11. minxx says:

    I’ve loved Eva Green ever since Casino Royale (my favorite Bond). When you consider how many women Weinstein attacked, I’m surprised he found time to do actual work! Sounds like a compulsive, out of control predator. I hope he loses everything he’s got: power, privilege, influence, titles, Oscars, memberships etc. He deserves to end up poor and alone, with nobody remembering his name.

  12. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Eva Green is SUCH a fantastic actress and should be a bigger star than she is. This perhaps explains why she isn’t

    • teacakes says:

      Yep. No surprise she took crappy movies if that’s all that was available to her in Hollywood after Weinstein decided to power trip.

  13. FF says:

    I think a certain in plain sight point might be being missed here: women repeatedly mention their experiences of harrassment and rape with people who they cannot name, i.e. who are still in the business. The likely obvious conclusion is this: they have already worked with rapists, molesters and child abusers, just ones that aren’t public knowledge.

    If this is as prevalent as the statements of harrassment suggest: you can’t NOT work with a pervert/groper/molester/misogynist in the business.

    How about considering this too?