It turns out that musician and actress Courtney Love publicly warned aspiring Hollywood actresses about Harvey Weinstein all they way back in 2005.
In a recently uncovered video, Love gives a reluctant pause before revealing an uncomfortable piece of advice to Hollywood hopefuls.
Love was attending a comedy roast of actress Pamela Anderson. In footage obtained by TMZ, she was on the red carpet when comedian and actress Natasha Leggero was covering the event for Comedy Central. Leggero asked her, “Do you have any advice for a young girl moving to Hollywood?”
Love visibly ponders the legal repercussions of the statement she is about to make, and then answers “Ummm, I’ll get libeled if I say it. If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons, don’t go.”
Weinstein is now facing the consequences of alleged decades of sexual misconduct with actresses and models tied to his business ventures. His personal staff and victims say that he regularly and habitually used business meetings and career advancement as a way to lure women into hotel rooms and private offices.
The consequences of not accepting Weinstein’s sexual advances, according to alleged victims, are major setbacks to one’s career. Love expressed that she also suffered.
In response to the TMZ story, Love stated “Although I wasn’t one of his victims, I was eternally banned by CAA for speaking out against Harvey Weinstein.”
The CAA, the Creative Artists Agency, manages the careers of entertainers and athletes. In light of the recent avalanche of allegations by actresses of lesser and greater fame, the CAA made a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The Agency is extremely distraught by the recent allegations made against Harvey Weinstein and we are saddened by the tragic impact to many individuals in our industry. We support the women coming forward and hope that these revelations will help our society move into the right direction and eradicate this type of immoral and offensive conduct. We strive for the highest ethical standards here at Gersh and will continue our commitment to decency and equality.”
According to The New Yorker, Weinstein’s personal staff had an idea on what was going on, but most kept silent. Just like the women who kept silent for years out of fear for their careers, so did Weinstein’s staff. Described as an “open secret” by actors and actresses who poked fun at Weinstein’s reputation in jokes on TV and in private inner circle chats, it’s possible many Hollywood agencies also held knowledge of Weinstein’s conduct, despite only issuing statements now.