Cate Blanchett is the latest to admit she had been sexually harassed by film industry mogul Harvey Weinstein, an allegation that resounds a lot of his victim's accounts.
The 48-year-old actress was asked during her interview with Variety if Weinstein had done something inappropriate to her, citing the projects they were both involved in, and she immediately and without batting an eye said "yes." However, Blanchett did not elaborate on what the disgraced producer did to her.
"I mean, I got a bad feeling from him. . . . He would often say to me, 'We're not friends,'" Blanchett narrated, and referred to him as a predator who targetted those vulnerable.
Of this, she just said that she refused to give him what he wanted, hence the bad blood. Blanchett, who has appeared in a number of Weinstein-produced films like The Aviator, Carol, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, hoped the accused gets to be behind bars for everything he had done.
She further underlined the importance of trying people in general, saying the judicial system must be upheld. The Australian actress also touched on the pay disparity in the industry that has been rampant for too long, admitting she feels it.
She narrated that she bowed out of an offer precisely because she wouldn't be compensated equally with her male costar. Blanchett, who has been supportive to those who came forward, said she is a feminist.
Blanchett joins a throng of women, which ballooned to 70, who accused Weinstein of sexual harassment since last year. Since then, different accounts have been publicized giving light on how the mogul acted inappropriately toward the accusers, showing how he used his power to leverage against women.
Aside from Blanchett, some of the high-profile celebrities who have made their voices heard against Weinstein were Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Lupita Nyong'O, and Rose McGowan. The harrowing accounts prompted the #MeToo movement, which encouraged women to come out of the hiding not just from the industry, but other workplace as well.
Weinstein has been subjected to a lot of criminal investigations, though he denied the sexual harassment allegations thrown at him. Adding to Blanchett and the hordes of accuser is Netflix's Marco Polo producer Alexandra Canosa, who revealed that for five years she was subjected to sexual abuse. Judd also filed a case against him this week, saying the man ruined her career after she didn't oblige to his sexual advances.