Actor George Clooney is demanding answers from the mainstream media after it was revealed that disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein’s inexcusable behavior was an open secret, blaming outlets that were aware of the sexual harassment for not coming forward sooner.
In an interview with NBC News on Tuesday promoting his upcoming film “Suburbicon,” Clooney said that he was “furious” about the dozens of allegations of rape and sexual assault that have been ascribed to Weinstein in recent weeks, noting that he had his suspicions.
“[Weinstein] would say, ‘I had an affair with this actress, or that actress.’ And I took all of that with a grain of salt. I thought he might have been chasing them,” Clooney said.
“Somebody knew. There were people that brought young actresses to his hotel room. Whoever had that story and didn’t write it should be held responsible,” he continued. “I want to know what kind of ad dollars were spent form The Weinstein Company and from Miramax, because we should have known this. This is violating women, this is assault. This is silencing women.”
Clooney, who got one of his first major Hollywood roles in the Weinstein-produced “From Dusk Til Dawn” in 1996 alongside Quentin Tarantino, did not shy away from his personal connection to Weinstein.
“Yeah, he’s mean to work with, I knew that for a fact,” he said. “But the idea that he’s committed these kind of atrocities… I want to know who knew.”
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Clooney categorically denied having heard anything about Weinstein and sexual harassment prior to when the news broke publicly.
“I’ve known Harvey for 20 years,” he said. “But I can tell you that I’ve never seen any of this behavior – ever. I didn’t hear anything about that and I don’t know anyone that did. That’s a whole other level and there’s no way you can reconcile that. There’s nothing to say except that it’s indefensible.”