Courtney Love warned women about Harvey Weinstein in 2005 video
Two weeks ago, The New York Times published an explosive report investigating decades of sexual harassment allegations made against renowned American film producer, Harvey Weinstein.
The scandal continues to rock the entertainment industry as an increasing number of household names come forward to disclose their run-ins with the film mogul, who, prior to such claims, was respected for his philanthropy and commitment to liberal causes.
Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd are just a few women who have spoken about how they fell victim to Weinstein's advances.
However, the film industry continues to voice their disbelief over the accusations, alleging that Weinstein's actions weren't public knowledge. A video from 2005, however, has now refuted such claims. The video features Courtney Love openly warning women about the disgraced production mogul and urging them to stay away.
53-year-old Courtney Love who fronted the alternative rock band Hole back in the nineties, indicated that she knew all about Harvey Weinstein's sleazy advances during a red carpet interview in 2005.
The footage which was unearthed by TMZ conclusively dismisses all claims by the industry that Weinstein's years of sexual harassment and abuse was unknown. When asked whether she had any "advice for a young girl moving to Hollywood", Courtney paused before stating, "I'll get libelled if I say it". But regardless, she hastily replies "If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a party in the Four Seasons, don’t go."
Watch the clip below:
Certainly, the majority of the claims being brought against Weinstein are historical and date back to the 90's and early 00's. Yet this, coupled with the fact that there are several high-profile victims naturally suggests that Weinstein's systematic chain of abuse was not just well known, but also rather expertly covered up.
Just last week, two household names, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, came forward. Paltrow has now told her story, explaining that before filming commenced on the 1996 adaption of Emma, she was summoned to Weinstein's suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills under the guise of a work meeting.
While the two talked shop to begin with, the episode culminated in Weinstein laying his hands on Paltrow, suggesting that they engage in his veritable pre-mating ritual: massages. Speaking in an interview, Paltrow stated "I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified". And whilst Paltrow spurned Weinstein's advances, she was understandably shaken by the confrontation, later alleging "I thought he was going to fire me".
Angelina Jolie corroborated: "I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did," she wrote in an email. "This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."
Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company last Sunday.
While such prompt action must be commended, we must keep reminding ourselves that the voices of those Weinstein harassed have been silenced for too long, unveiling a rather sinister truth about how women are treated within Hollywood.
Ultimately, it's become evident that Harvey Weinstein wasn't fired because the industry discovered that he was a sexual predator, he was dismissed because we, the public, found out the truth, as Courtney Love's 2005 interview proves.