Madonna accuses movie mogul of sexual advances

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Madonna is the latest star to accuse disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of making unwanted sexual advances.

Hollywood was rocked last year by allegations of sexual assault made against Weinstein, which he denies.

The singer said Weinstein “crossed lines and boundaries”, when they worked on her 1991 documentary, Truth or Dare.

She said he was “incredibly sexually flirtatious and forward with me when we were working together”.

“He was married at the time, and I certainly wasn’t interested,” she added. Truth or Dare was distributed by the film mogul’s Weinstein Company, which filed for bankruptcy last year, having fired him as chairman in 2017.

 

Madonna said “I was aware that he did the same with a lot of other women that I knew in the business.

“We were all ‘Harvey gets to do that because he’s got so much power and he’s so successful and his movies do so well and everybody wants to work with him, so you have to put up with it’.”

 

Accusations and charges
Last month Weinstein and his former studio’s board members reached a tentative deal with a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct, according to reports.

Lawyers said the settlement to resolve civil lawsuits and compensate alleged victims was worth about $44m (£34.7m).

However, he is still facing criminal charges relating to other counts of sexual abuse, including rape, as well as civil cases, including one brought by actress Ashley Judd.

Madonna, who recently performed at Eurovision in Israel, appeared relieved that the authorities were now involved.

Harvey Weinstein is yet to comment.

 

BBC/Nneka Ukachukwu