Courtney Love has never been shy about saying what’s on her mind, and a comment she made on the red carpet of the Comedy Central celebrity roast of Pamela Anderson back in 2005 has now gone viral in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
The rocker and actress was asked by comic Natasha Leggero what advice she would give to “a young girl moving to Hollywood.”
“I’ll get libeled if I say it …” Love said followed by a pause before dropping the bombshell: “If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons, don’t go.”
Here’s the clip, which TMZ found:
Though the news of the decades of alleged sexual harassment and assault of women by Weinstein was a shock for many after reading the stories in the New York Times and The New Yorker, for many in Hollywood the movie executive’s alleged behaviour was an open secret.
After the Times and New Yorker stories were published, numerous actresses have spoken out saying they were either victims or had been told to stay way from him.
Love is one of the few to have publicly spoken out about Weinstein’s reputation before two weeks ago, but she paid the price for it.
When Love’s comments were making the rounds on social media on Saturday, Love took to Twitter to say she had been banned by the powerhouse agency CAA for speaking out.
It seems Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct could go back even as far as when he was a concert promoter in Buffalo, New York in the early 1980s.
On Saturday, The Washington Post wrote its own report on Weinstein and Lauri Githens, who at the time was a young disc jockey. She’s quoted in the story recalling the unwritten rule in the Buffalo music scene in the ’80s:
“Don’t mention the competition on the air. Don’t put two car ads in the same segment. And, if you’re a young woman, don’t be alone with Harvey Weinstein,” she said.
Weinstein was fired on October 8 from the production company he cofounded with his brother Bob, The Weinstein Company. On Saturday, he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences due to the scandal. He is only the second member in the organisation’s 90-plus year history to lose membership.
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