Actress Julianna Margulies has added her personal horrifying stories with Harvey Weinstein and Steven Seagal to the cascade of allegations of sexual harassment and attack within the leisure global.
In a Friday interview on SiriusXM’s “Just Jenny,” the “Good Wife” famous person mentioned two troubling encounters with Seagal and Weinstein previous in her occupation.
When she was once 23, Margulies mentioned, a feminine casting director despatched her to Seagal’s condominium at 10 p.m. to learn a scene. The casting director driven previous the actress’s objections by way of providing to reimburse the cab fare and promising that she could be provide as smartly. But when Margulies arrived later that night time, she mentioned she discovered herself by myself with the motion film famous person.
“She set me up,” Margulies mentioned of the lady who organized the audition.
The come across with Seagal briefly became threatening, the actress recalled. “He made sure that I saw his gun, which I’d never seen a gun in real life,” Margulies mentioned. “I got out of there unscathed. … I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room. … I sort of squirmed my way out.”
She mentioned Seagal attempted to show the intended audition right into a sexual come across with a tactic additionally allegedly practiced by way of Weinstein. “It always starts with ‘I’m a healer, I wanna massage you,’” she mentioned.
Several years later, in 1996, Margulies mentioned she was once invited to satisfy with Weinstein. She mentioned any other girl introduced her to the lodge, promising that if she met with the movie manufacturer she’d be given a display check for a in all probability award-winning function in a big film. After her aggravating come across with Seagal, alternatively, Margulies was once cautious.
“I said, ‘I’m not going up there alone’ ― because of the Seagal experience and because I had a career,” mentioned Margulies, who was once at the hit display “ER” on the time.
After the actress insisted she would cross house if the opposite girl didn’t sign up for her, the 2 of them went to Weinstein’s lodge room in combination.
“He opened the door in a bathrobe,” Margulies recalled. “I could see that there were candles lit in the room, and there was a dinner for two. And I saw him stare at her, daggers.” She became to the opposite girl and “caught her in a shrug, like, ‘What could I do?’”
Weinstein seemed “furious,” Margulies mentioned. He advised her, “Just wanted to say, ‘Good audition,’” after which slammed the door, she mentioned. She didn’t get the phase.
Margulies joins an inventory of greater than 50 ladies who’ve stepped ahead to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, with allegations starting from tried harassment to rape. Following two explosive exposés in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and a large number of further ladies then stepping ahead to percentage identical stories, Weinstein was once fired from the Weinstein Company, which he co-founded together with his brother, and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Police departments in Los Angeles and London are reportedly investigating rape allegations made towards him. The New York Police Department showed on Friday that it’s been collecting proof for a “credible rape allegation,” which might result in his arrest.
Seagal has prior to now been accused of beside the point habits as smartly. In 1998, actress Jenny McCarthy mentioned leaving an audition distraught after Seagal again and again insisted that she undress. In 2010, he was once sued for sexual harassment by way of a former assistant who claimed within the lawsuit that he had used her as a “sex toy.” The lawsuit was once later dropped. In October of this yr, “Inside Edition” correspondent and actress Lisa Guerrero mentioned she was once again and again burdened to audition by myself with Seagal at his house for a task within the 1997 film “Fire Down Below.”
During Friday’s interview, Margulies mentioned the new wave of public allegations led her to understand that she’d “swept everything under the rug. You shrug it off as that’s just Hollywood.”
She additionally pointed to the function of a few ladies in enabling predatory male conduct, noting that she was once offered to each scenarios by way of different ladies within the trade.
“We have to start holding these people accountable,” Margulies mentioned. “These women were leading me to the lion’s den.”