Anne Heche is adding her name to the list of women who have been sexually abused or harassed by former Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein.
Heche, 48, described her #MeToo moment on the “Allegedly with Theo Vonn & Matthew Cole Weiss” podcast when asked why she thought more women didn’t speak out against sexual abusers.
“First of all, you were threatened the second you walk out the door. I personally did not suck Harvey’s d***, although he showed it to me and I got out of the room before there was any physical contact,” she answers before detailing the professional consequences of her experience. “The fact is, I was fired from a job I had been hired for in Miramax. The repercussions of standing up for yourself were as deep and targeted as some of the scars of the women who actually got more physically unfortunately involved.”
The actress continues to describe the biggest “monster” in Hollywood, saying that he purposefully preys on vulnerable young women.
“The efforts he made to have people followed, have threats, he fired people. You’re talking about girls, young actresses are very vulnerable. A lot of us come from hurt backgrounds. What happens when you come from a broken place, you don’t have any guidance, you don’t have support, a parent you can go to. And you certainly don’t want to go to Harvey’s partner and say this happened,” she explains. “You come to L.A., you’re alone, you don’t have friends that you are being able to talk to and that’s what he takes advantage of, that isolated, vulnerable girl.”
She continues, “That’s why every one of us was 19, 20, 21 or 22. He didn’t go after the 40-year-old woman. He hits on me when I’m 19, 20, 21, 22, vulnerable, scared, frightened.”
Heche, who detailed her own history with sexual abuse in her memoir Call Me Crazy, credits her experience for giving her the strength to refuse Weinstein’s advances.
“If I wasn’t sexually abused as a child, I don’t know if I would have had the strength to stand up to Harvey and many others,” she adds.