More accusations are being levelled against embattled movie producer Harvey Weinstein, with “Bridget Jones’s Diary” actress Jessica Hynes coming forward with some shocking allegations of sexual impropriety.
As People reports, Hynes — who is known for the hit U.K. comedies “Spaced” and “Twenty Twelve” and was recently seen in The CW’s “Hooten and the Lady” — took to Twitter to call out Weinstein for costing her a job because she rebuffed his advances.
“I was offered a film role at 19,” she wrote on Twitter (the tweets have apparently since been deleted). “Harvey Weinstein came on board and wanted me to screen-test in a bikini. I refused & lost the job.”
“Holy s**t,” responded British writer/comedian Jack Howard. “I knew the story but didn’t know who it was about.”
“I’m sure there are many more…” Hynes, now 44, replied.
Following an explosive expose in the New York Times alleging Weinstein’s long history of sexually exploiting actresses, the 65-year-old movie mogul announced he would take “a leave of absence” and claimed to “own my mistakes,” while also blasting the Times for “reckless reporting” and insisting the newspaper has a “vendetta” against him.
Weinstein has launched a $50-million lawsuit against the Times, with any money from a legal victory to be donated to women’s organizations.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” wrote Weinstein in a statement following the story’s publication. “Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go,” he added, claiming to be working with therapists and planning to take time off in order to “deal with this issue head-on.”