Lena Headey Details Encounter With Harvey Weinstein: "I Got Into My Car and I Cried"

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Lena Headey

The 'Game of Thrones' star spoke out about an alleged incident with Weinstein in a series of tweets posted Tuesday.

Lena Headey has spoken out about her experience with Harvey Weinstein, detailing a disturbing past encounter with the disgraced movie mogul in a series of posts to her Twitter account.

The Game of Thrones star says she met Weinstein at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, which premiered a movie she co-starred in, The Brothers Grimm. The film, which starred Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, was directed by Terry Gilliam — whom Headey claims subjected her to "endless bullying" — and was distributed by Weinstein's Miramax studio.

"At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture," she writes. She says she was shocked but laughed it off with a joke. "I was never in any other Miramax film."

Years later in Los Angeles, the British star says she "always carried the thought that he'd never try anything with me again, not after I'd laughed and said never in a million years." So when he asked to meet her for breakfast, she assumed it would be professional.

During the meeting, she says she and Weinstein talked about films, but that he also asked her questions about her love life. When he returned from the bathroom, she says he said, "Let's go up to the room, I want to give you a script." She says that as they walked to the elevator, "the energy shifted" and her "whole body went into high alert."

"The lift was going up and I said to Harvey, 'I'm not interested in anything other than work, please don't think I got in here with you for any other reason, nothing is going to happen,'" she recalled, explaining, "I don't know what possessed me to speak out at that moment, only that I had such a strong sense of don't come near me."

She says his response was silence and that he was "furious."

She continues, "We got out of the lift and walked to his room. His hand was on my back, he was marching me forward, not a word. I felt completely powerless, he tried his key card and it didn't work, then he got really angry. He walked me back to the lift, through the hotel to the valet, by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm, he paid for my car and whispered in my ear, 'Don't tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent.'"

She ended the post by saying, "I got into my car and I cried."

Headey, who stars as Cersei Lannister on the HBO fantasy saga, is now one of more than 40 women to come forward and accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault since the New York Times first broke the story of decades of alleged abuse at the hands of the Hollywood producer Oct. 5. Many of the accounts detail similar hotel room incidents.

Weinstein, who has been terminated as co-founder of The Weinstein Co., is now under investigation by the NYPD and London police, with each reportedly expanding its investigations since they were initially opened. Through his spokeswoman, Weinstein has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.

The ongoing sexual assault story, which continues to see accusers stepping forward, has spurred many women in Hollywood to speak out about any sexual harassment or assault they have experienced. On Monday, actresses America Ferrera and Reese Witherspoon came forward with their own stories; Ferrera revealed she had been sexually assaulted at age nine, and Witherspoon said she was assaulted by a director at age 16.

Read Headey's full statement, posted to Twitter, below.

The first time I met Harvey Weinstein was at The Venice Film Festival. The Brothers Grimm was showing there, (during shooting I was subjected to endless bullying by the director Terry Gilliam). At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture, I just laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked. I remember thinking, it's got to be a joke. I said something like.. 'oh come on mate ?!?? It'd be like kissing my dad !! let's go get a drink, get back to the others. I was never in any other Miramax film.

The next time was in LA. Years later. I had always carried the thought that he'd never try anything with me again, not after I'd laughed and said never in a million years. I believed that he respected my boundary and maybe he wanted to talk about potential work.

He asked me to meet for breakfast. We ate breakfast, we talked about films, film making. He asked me a few questions about the state of my love life. I shifted the conversation back to something less personal. Then he went to the loo. He came back and said, let's go up to the room, I want to give you a script. We walked to the lift and the energy shifted, my whole body went into high alert, the lift was going up and I said to Harvey, I'm not interested in anything other than work, please don't think I got in here with your any other reason, nothing is going to happen I said. I don't know what possessed me to speak out at that moment, only that I had such a strong sense of don't come near me.

He was silent after I spoke, furious. We got out of the lift and walked to his room. His hand was on my back, he was marching me forward, not a word. I felt completely powerless, he tried his key card and it didn't work, then he got really angry. He walked me back to the lift, through the hotel to the valet, by grabbing and holding tightly to the back of my arm, he paid for my car and whispered in my ear Don't tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent.

I got into my car and I cried.

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