The tackle comes at the right time, in the midst of a legal battle between Angelina Jolie and her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, for custody of their children. In an interview for the Guardian, on the occasion of the release of his book Know Your Rights, the actress did not hesitate to mention the links between the star of Seven and Harvey Weinstein. She who had declared in 2017 to have been the victim of an attempted sexual assault on the part of the producer at the age of 21, while she was playing in the film Playing by Heart, produced by Miramax, returned to this painful episode.
“If you walk out of the room, you think he tried something, but just failed. But the truth is, just that attempt, and being the target of that attempt, is assault. The truth is that the attempt and the experience of the attempt is aggression (…) It was something I had to escape. I stayed away and warned people about it. I remember telling Jonny (Lee Miller) my first husband, who was awesome about it, to spread the word to other guys – don’t leave girls alone with him. I was offered to do The Aviator, but I refused because he was involved. I never collaborated or worked with him again. It was hard for me when Brad did it, ”she said, referring to Inglourious Basterds, by Quentin Tarantino and produced by the Weinstein Company in 2009, and Killing Them Softly, distributed by the company of the fallen producer in 2012.
“We fought over this. It hurt me a lot, ”she added.
Protect your family
However, Angelina Jolie affirms in the interview that she does not seek to swing on Brad Pitt for no reason. It is simply a matter of “protecting” his family. “I’m not the type of person who makes decisions like this lightly. It took me a long time to find myself in a position where I felt I had to separate myself from the father of my children… ”, she explained.
Be that as it may, this attack by the media is already causing a reaction. Not Brad Pitt, who has no doubt understood that it is in his best interest to remain discreet, but someone who has nothing more to lose: Harvey Weinstein. The producer, who is serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault and rape (and who is not at the end of his legal marathon), reacted from his cell in Los Angeles.
“It’s very clear to me that it’s to increase sales of Angie’s book. There has never been an assault, and never an attempted assault. This is outright bogus advertising and a click trap. You are Angelina Jolie, all men and women in the world I am sure are interested in you. Is the whole world attacking you? Harvey Weinstein told TMZ.