While Harvey Weinstein never touched her, Heather Graham said the producer seemed to offer her a job in exchange for sex in the early 2000s.
The “Boogie Nights” actress wrote a guest column for Variety in which she accused Weinstein of subtly propositioning her while discussing possible movie roles.
During a conversation in his office, Graham wrote, Weinstein told her that he had an agreement with his wife that he could have sex with anyone while out of town on business.
“I walked out of the meeting feeling uneasy,” she wrote.
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“There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there.”
In preparation for a follow-up meeting, Graham asked a friend to go with her, but she backed out at the last minute.
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Graham, in turn, made up an excuse to skip the meeting. Weinstein said her friend was already there and would be “disappointed” if she didn’t go to the hotel — which Graham knew wasn’t true.
She never worked with Weinstein again, the 47-year-old actress wrote, but she was too ashamed to speak out until Ashley Judd revealed her own harassment in an explosive New York Times article last week.
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“My hope is that this moment starts a dialogue on redefining sexual harassment in the workplace and empowers women to speak out when they feel uncomfortable in a situation,” Graham wrote.
“I hope that dialogue covers the gray areas where we ask ourselves, ‘Did what I think happen just happen?’ and that we are no longer shamed into feeling that we should grow a thicker skin, or that our story ‘isn’t good enough to count.’”
Graham’s accusations come on the heels of almost a dozen women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan, who claim Weinstein sexually harassed them over a three-decade career.