Over two dozen girls have come ahead with accounts of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, yielding a clearer sense of the abuse allegedly inflicted through the once-powerful film manufacturer.
Actress Melissa Sagemiller has now informed HuffPost that she skilled Weinstein’s habits firsthand in the summertime of 2000, when she filmed “Get Over It.”
It was once Sagemiller’s 2d film, a modern youngster comedy in keeping with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” following her mystery “Soul Survivors.” The manufacturing, in her personal phrases, was once “star-studded.” Her colleagues incorporated Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Sisqó, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Shane West, Colin Hanks, Martin Short, Ed Begley Jr., Swoosie Kurtz and Carmen Electra.
Miramax, the studio that Weinstein controlled on the time, allotted the movie, which supposed Weinstein floated across the set during the two-month shoot. Sagemiller stated that Weinstein, who was once then married to his one-time assistant, made 3 separate advances towards her, all uninvited. The first incident allegedly befell right through a lunch assembly organized through Weinstein’s assistant. At a later date, she stated he tried to coax her into his lodge room, supposedly to “discuss the script.” After the film wrapped, she described how Weinstein ordered airport group of workers to ship her to his inner most aircraft, in spite of her protests and one after the other scheduled flight.
At the time, Sagemiller wasn’t utterly silent concerning the ordeal, even though she was once inspired to not officially discuss out. (She suspects Weinstein left Dunst and Kunis on my own as a result of they have been underage on the time.)
“I was definitely talking about it when we would go out with the cast because I was trying to warn the other girls, and I was trying to be tough about it and make a joke about it,” she stated. “I will definitely say that the whole atmosphere with my agents there at the time, and with everyone in the business, including his producing partner, who was a woman, was like, ‘Don’t cause any trouble. Don’t say anything. You’re not going to be that girl because it will definitely hurt your career. This is Harvey. Harvey’s Harvey. Just don’t pay attention to him, ignore it, just move on.’ I was never told, ‘Are you OK? Do you want to say anything? Do you want to report this?’ Nothing like that. It was just, ‘That’s Harvey.’”
Weinstein’s licentious habits has been smartly documented during the last week. After The New York Times and The New Yorker printed separate investigations into the yearslong allegations lodged in opposition to the tycoon, actresses like Cara Delevingne and Kate Beckinsale have informed their very own tales by the use of social media.
Below is Sagemiller’s account of Weinstein’s habits because it advanced thru filming, edited and condensed rather to verify readability.
“I just think it’s so widespread,” the actress stated. “It’s crazy. And it’s not just Harvey. It’s so many people in the industry. You start talking, and then another actress will go, ‘Oh yeah, I had that happen to me.’ I think this is a very important, interesting time.”
1. The lunch
At the time, I used to be 24. We have been capturing in Toronto, and I believe proper after capturing began, I used to be known as through one in every of his assistants — a lady, as all the time — pronouncing, “Harvey wants to have lunch with you” […] which I used to be in reality even kind of desirous about. I believed, “Oh, wow, the head of Miramax wants to take me to lunch ― great!” It was once my 2d giant movie that I used to be doing. No one truly warned me that a lot. They may have stated, “Oh, he’s a little frisky,” however nobody warned me the level of what I used to be about to come upon.
So I’m going to lunch. I can say I used to be prepped in that I’d heard he likes his main women — that’s kind of the level. It clearly will give you a bit one thing, like, “OK, I know what I’m walking into.”
The lunch was once nice, even if he was once lovely beside the point in the case of simply being very flirty and asking me what I care to do and how much guys I really like so far. It did change into private. Then he took me to a book shop and proceeded to invite me, did I really like literature? I used to be an English primary on the University of Virginia. “Great, I’m going to shop for you each Fitzgerald guide within the book shop, and I’m going to signal it to you, particularly ‘The Last Tycoon’ as a result of I am the remaining rich person, and I’m in reality about to provide the movie, and it’s all about me, and also you’re an English primary — you’re so good.”
I’m a town lady — I understand how to deal with myself. I’m tricky. I used to be like, “OK, Harvey.” I gave him numerous shit. I used to be all the time fast with a reaction, and I used to be fast to deflect as a result of I found out truly temporarily what sort of man I believed he was once.
2. The lodge room
The subsequent incident that came about was once additional into the manufacturing. I used to be known as through every other assistant of his asking me to visit his lodge room. It’s just like the Ashley Judd scenario. He sought after to speak about the script. I used to be like, “I really don’t feel comfortable with this. Can we meet on the set tomorrow? In my trailer? Whatever. I just don’t really understand why I have to go to his room.” I used to be informed, “It’s not going to be a long meeting.”
This is the horror of all of it: You have every other lady orchestrating this, understanding complete smartly what will occur.
So then the assistant stated, “The script has all these changes that he needs to discuss with you. It’s very important.” I be mindful chatting with my boyfriend on the time at the telephone, being like, “I can’t believe I have to do this. I don’t want to do this. I don’t have a good feeling about this, and I know what’s going to happen.” I used to be seeking to be tricky about it.
Anyway, I went to his room. Immediately he had beverages. The script was once at the kitchen counter. He was once in his gown. He’s like, “Would you give me a massage?” The entire factor. I stated, “Harvey, I’m here to discuss the script. I’m not going to give you a massage or any of that.” And the banter went from side to side. He’s like, “I like you. You’re so fiery, you’re so good. No one can provide you shit, Sagemiller.” I’m like, “Exactly right.” But he simply wouldn’t prevent. I stated, “I’m going to have to leave — we were supposed to discuss the script.” I simply be mindful him pronouncing, “Ah, I have to take a shower; I just went to the gym.” I don’t even know. It was once so gross.
He stated, “Well, you’re not going to leave until you kiss me.” I take into account that’s when it became from “Oh, ha ha, I can handle this guy” to “Well, OK, he’s blocking the door, sort of” — he’d walked over and put his hand at the door. It was once simply a kind of issues the place I used to be like, “Really?” He simply wouldn’t prevent. It was once relentless. And then he stated, “Well, Renée did it and Charlize did it and this other actress did it. Don’t you want your career to be more than just this little teen film?” I stated, “No, I’m not interested, thank you very much.” He stated, “Well, you can’t leave until you kiss me.” He actually would now not let me depart. I stated nice and kissed him at the lips. He kind of held my head and made me kiss him, after which he’s like, “OK, you can go now. That’s all I wanted. Just do what I say and you can get your way.”
He in any case opened the door so I may just depart. I be mindful sitting in that elevator. He was once so disgusting. He was once taking Accutane on the time, and his pores and skin was once pealing far and wide this face. His lips have been pealing. He was once like Jabba the Hutt. He was once like a lizard that was once molting. It was once so disgusting. […] I do know that ladies have had a lot worse.
3. The aircraft
Cut to the wrap celebration. He’d already gotten any other lady that he had given this small collection of strains to and was once it seems that napping with, consistent with the rumor mill at the film. So he began to go away me on my own and now not pursue me as a lot, till the wrap celebration comes round.
I needed to come over and say, “Thank you for the movie.” He stated, “Well, you’re coming back on my plane.” I stated, “Harvey, I’m totally cool. I’ve got my own flight. Thank you so much for the offer, but I’m good. I’m good.” He’s like, “No, no, no, you’re taking my plane. It’s fine, I’ll arrange it. It’s all arranged. It’s arranged already.”
So then I ran out the door of the celebration and known as my agent on the time. I stated, “Do not take me off the flight I’m on. No matter who calls, do not cancel this flight that I have. It’s my separate flight from Toronto.”
The celebration ended and I went again to the lodge. I awoke and left the lodge an hour previous than I used to be intended to. My flight was once at, like, 10 a.m., and I left the lodge at 7:30 a.m. That means, I wouldn’t see his assistant, I wouldn’t see Harvey, I wouldn’t see any person.
I checked my bag, I went thru safety — that is pre-Nine/11, thoughts you — and I’m ready to board on the gate of the flight when, swiftly, over the loudspeaker, I listen, “Melissa Sagemiller, please report to the security desk immediately. Melissa Sagemiller, please pick up the white phone at the security desk immediately.”
So I’m like, “Wait, what? Did someone have a heart attack?” You’re simply desirous about all of those terrible eventualities. I run to the safety table down the corridor, and it’s his assistant once more. “Melissa? We’ve gotten your bags off the plane. The car is out front. Get in the car.” It was once in order that implausible. I began guffawing. I stated, “What are you talking about? You got my bags?” She’s like, “Yes, Harvey’s insistent. Please get in the car. Just please get in the car.”
They’d abducted my baggage at this level, so I used to be identical to, “Fine, you win, motherfucker.” So I left the airport, went out to the highest stage the place the auto was once, were given within the automotive. They raced me to the private-plane runway the place there have been different actors at the aircraft. Sisqó was once on it, and Shane West was once on it. Thank God. If I had walked in there and it was once simply him, I don’t know. I might have needed to run away as a result of that’s horrendous. I believe I even requested on the time, “Are there other people on this plane? I’m not going alone.” [The assistant] stated, “There are other actors on this plane.”
So I am getting at the aircraft, I stroll up and I’m going, “Harvey, you motherfucker.” He’s simply sitting there. He pats his hand at the seat subsequent to him, and he’s like, “See, Melissa, you can’t say no to me. I always get what I want.” He sought after me in this aircraft, and he sought after me someplace the place I couldn’t move any place. And he simply sought after to eff with me. He simply sought after to fuck with my head. […]
It was once a brief flight, from Toronto to New York. Shane and I have been speaking; we have been pleasant, and I caught through him. I’m certain I had informed him Harvey’s tales. […]
I don’t suppose I’ve interacted with [Harvey] that a lot as a result of not one of the different motion pictures I did have been Miramax. […] And then I crossed over and did most commonly tv, so I didn’t have to peer him. […]
If my supervisor known as me the following day and stated, “Actually, I remember there was this movie you were up for, and now that I’m thinking back on it, maybe [rebuffing Weinstein is] why you didn’t get it,” I wouldn’t be shocked in any respect.
Representatives for Renee Zellweger and Charlize Theron didn’t in an instant reply to HuffPost’s requests for remark.