Lauren Holly recalls terrifying naked encounter with Harvey Weinstein
Jim Carrey’s ex-wife Lauren Holly has added her name to the list of actresses accusing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of inappropriate behaviour.
The Dumb and Dumber star claims she, like many others coming forward, attended a meeting in the disgraced producer’s hotel suite, during which he dropped his robe, took a shower and then suggested the actress massage him.
“He went into the bathroom in front of me and began to use the toilet …,” Lauren told Canadian talk show The Social on Monday. “He keeps the conversation going, he finishes, he turns on the shower, he gets in the shower, he’s continually talking to me. He’s in the shower washing himself, leaning out, asking me for responses.
“My head is going crazy at this point. I don’t know. He’s acting like the situation is normal. He’s acting like we’re having a normal encounter. I’m thinking to myself, ‘Am I just a prude? Am I supposed to be more open-minded?’ I didn’t quite know how to handle myself at that moment.”
The actress reveals the meeting then took a dark turn as the movie mogul got out of the shower and came towards her.
“I wanted to flee, I was scared,” she recalled. “He told me I looked stressed. He said he thought maybe I could use a massage. Maybe I could give him a massage. I began sort of just babbling like I was a child … I said, ‘I don’t know how to give a massage. I don’t have a massage licence. Maybe if I call the front desk we can get a masseuse to come here’.”
Holly claims Weinstein then became angry and told her she would be making “a bad decision” if she left.
“(He said) that it would be bad for me, bad for my career, that I needed to keep him as my ally,” she said. “And I pushed him and ran.”
The actress left the hotel and went to an industry dinner party, arriving in tears: “I had hives. They (fellow guests) noticed immediately. (They) asked me what had happened. I told them and their response was, ‘Did he touch you? Were you raped?’ I said, ‘No’. And they said, ‘Then you need to keep your mouth shut, because it’s Harvey Weinstein!’”
Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, and Rose McGowan, have also recounted similar experiences with Weinstein following the publication of a New York Times expose on Oct. 5, detailing decades of alleged sexual misconduct allegations against the Oscar winner, who has stepped down as a board member of his own firm, The Weinstein Company, ahead of his imminent firing.
His wife, Georgina Chapman, announced she had left Weinstein a week ago, as multiple women started making claims against him.
Weinstein has since denied all allegations made against him via his spokesperson: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Sallie Hofmeister said in a statement. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”
The filmmaker is reportedly undergoing treatment for sex addiction at a rehab clinic in Arizona.