Jennifer Aniston says Harvey Weinstein tried to 'bully' her into wearing a Marchesa dress
Jennifer Aniston has claimed Harvey Weinstein once tried to “bully” her into wearing a dress designed by Marchesa, the fashion brand that belonged to his then wife Georgina Chapman.
Speaking to Variety, the Friends star recalled working with the movie producer on the film Derailed in 2004, around the time that Chapman launched the label.
“That’s when he came to visit me in London while we were shooting. He’d be like, ‘OK, so I’d like you to wear one of these to the premiere,’” Aniston said, explaining how Weinstein gave her a lookbook of dresses from Marchesa.
“And I went through the book, and at the time, it wasn’t what it is today. It was not for me. He was like, ‘You have to wear the dress.’ That was my only bullying. And I was like, ‘No, I will not wear the dress.’”
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Asked whether or not Weinstein accepted her refusal, Aniston responded: “Well, what was he going to do? Come over here and make me wear it?!”
The actress also described time spent with the disgraced producer at a premiere dinner.
“I remember I was sitting at the dinner table with Clive [Owen, her co-star in Derailed], and our producers and a friend of mine was sitting with me,' she told the publication.
“And he literally came to the table and said to my friend: ‘Get up!’ And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ And so my friend got up and moved and Harvey sat down.
“It was just such a level of gross entitlement and piggish behaviour.”
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News of the allegations against Weinstein are credited for turning the #MeToo campaign into a global movement against sexual harassment, a subject Aniston’s latest project, the Apple TV drama The Morning Show, in which she plays a veteran morning TV anchor, touches on.
The Morning Show follows the fallout from a fictitious scandal as Aniston’s character’s co-host, played by Steve Carell, is fired over sexual misconduct allegations.
Speaking about the #MeToo movement, Aniston said it has “absolutely” led to a permanent change in Hollywood.
“I think there’s still room for improvement,” she continued, “but I think that kind of behaviour is done. I think people have had the s*** scared out of them.”