Lena Headey is among the many actresses to allege that rebuffing the sexual advances of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein put a chill on her career, and she is offering further details in a new interview.
Speaking with the Sunday Times, the “Game of Thrones” star opens up about the two times Weinstein put the moves on her, one in which she openly mocked him and another in which he tried to lure her into his hotel room.
According to Headey, 45, it wasn’t until the floodgate of accusations against Weinstein was opened that she started to wonder if her refusal to have sex with him may have affected her own career without her even realizing it at the time.
“After he was discovered to be a slime ball, on a grander scale than me just knowing it, I did start thinking, ‘F**k, maybe because I didn’t shag him, that’s impacted a decade of my working life,’” she told the Times.
“Because I did two jobs for [Weinstein’s production company] Miramax before those incidents,” she added, “and after that there was nothing.”
Headey first detailed her allegations against Weinstein in October 2017 in a series of Twitter posts.
Weinstein, who has been accused of varying degrees of sexual misconduct by more than 100 women, continues to deny any wrongdoing, and issued a statement to People refuting Headey’s allegations and insisting his relationship with her was entirely professional.
“Lena Headey is a terrific actor with smart and resourceful agents, as her role for the past eight years on ‘Game of Thrones’ confirms,” reads a statement from Weinstein’s rep. “There was never anything other than a professional and respectful relationship between Ms. Headey and Mr. Weinstein, and any other assertion is absolutely untrue.”