In the wake of Hollywood scandals circulating around sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault, Oprah Winfrey remembers a few of her past disappointing interactions with disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
During an interview on Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Goop” podcast, Winfrey appeared as a special guest and discussed the allegations against Weinstein while also giving praise to the women who had the courage to speak out.
The “A Wrinkle In Time” star also recalled her unpleasant phone conversations with Weinstein were he forced her to have certain people on her long-running talk show.
“What I knew about Harvey was that Harvey was a bully and that if Harvey’s on the phone, you go ‘God, you don’t want to take the call,’ because you’re going to get bullied in some way,” Winfrey said.
Controversy surrounded Winfrey when she was accused of knowing about Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct before being reported by The New Yorker and New York Times.
“Was I friendly with Harvey? Yes, I was friendly with Harvey. Was I in association with Harvey for the ‘Butler’ movie? Yes, but of course I didn’t know any of this was going on,” the “Butler” actress explained.
Winfrey conveyed that the Weinstein scandal shed light on the ongoing indiscretions in Hollywood.
“It had been coming with Cosby and nothing happened, it had been coming with Bill O’Reilly … even with the President of the United States, where people can hear the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape and yet, nothing happens… So that moment [Weinstein] was the moment where it all crystallized,” Winfrey assured.