Many women fell victim to Harvey Weinstein‘s manipulations and assault, but actress Sienna Miller luckily escaped, and she thinks it might be because she was dating famous actor Jude Law and Weinstein had a close working relationship with Law.
During an interview with The Guardian, Miller said her relationship with Law is most likely one of the reasons Weinstein never approached her. She acted as Andy Warhol’s muse, Edie Sedgwick, in “Factory Girl,” which Weinstein backed, so she was around him a lot. Read on to find out more.
Sienna Millers Relationship With Jude Law Probably Protected Her
The 40-year-old actress spoke about how her relationship with Law shaped and influenced her relationship with Weinstein, placed him in a fatherly position, and revealed that she even used to call the disgraced producer “pops.”
Law had a close working relationship with Weinstein as he had headlined several of his movies before he even met and worked with Miller. Some of these movies were very successful, such as “The Talented Mr.Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.”
During the interview, Miller said, “I was Jude’s girlfriend, and there was probably protection in that. Jude was a big actor for Harvey. I called Harvey ‘Pops’ from day one, which I’m sure helped; you’re not going to wank on that.”
Weinstein Only Had An Issue With Her Once
Miller spoke about her interactions with Weinstein and recalled only one occasion when he acted rudely towards her and shouted. She said it was when he became upset with her constant partying and high-profile social life outside her filming schedule and work hours.
She said, “I was rehearsing one day with Steve Buscemi and Harvey called and asked me to come to his office. I said, ‘I’m in rehearsal.’ And he shouted, ‘Now!’ and sent a car. He sat me down in his office and said, ‘You’re not fucking going out anymore, you’re not partying, rah rah rah.'”
“I was having a lot of fun, but I managed to go to work on time. And he was standing over me while I was sitting in a chair, lip quivering, and then he slammed the door, and I burst into tears,” she continued, “And then he came back in and said: ‘It’s because I’m fucking proud of you.’ And slammed the door again.”
Sienna Miller Saw The Altercation As A Badge Of Honor
Miller also revealed that she used to view being shouted at by Weinstein as a badge of honor because you “weren’t really inaugurated (as an actor) until Weinstein made you cry. I imagined this is what Hollywood producers were like.”
The “American Sniper” actress added, “I genuinely felt he’d given me the biggest validation. I was so grateful. I wasn’t scared of him, actually. And I was not aware that he was raping people. He asked for one meeting with me in a hotel, and I brought the other producers, and it was innocuous. I’ve never been propositioned by anyone for a job.”
Miller is just one of many other actors and actresses who looked up to Weinstein for years and worked with him, unaware of the atrocities he was committing behind closed doors until his victims started speaking out.
Weinstein Is Serving Prison Time
In October 2017, several women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Weinstein, some of them dating back to the late 1970s. As more allegations poured in, Weinstein was dismissed from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Eventually, over 80 women came forward against Weinstein, and this sparked the #MeToo social media campaign against sexual abuse by powerful and influential men. Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape in New York, found guilty of a first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape, and sentenced to 23 years in prison.
He is currently serving his sentence, and the earliest he can be released is in 2039, at 87-years-old. In 2021, he was extradited to Los Angeles to face additional charges at a subsequent trial. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, and the trial is ongoing.