Madonna: Harvey Weinstein 'crossed lines and boundaries' when we worked together

6 June 2019, 13:53 | Updated: 6 June 2019, 14:48

Madonna has become the latest star to speak out about Harvey Weinstein, saying the now disgraced film mogul "crossed lines and boundaries" when they worked together.

In a new interview with the New York Times Magazine, celebrating Madonna at Sixty, the star was asked for her thoughts on the Time's Up movement, which was founded in Hollywood after the first allegations were made against Weinstein in 2017.

Miramax, the company Weinstein owned with his brother, distributed the documentary film Truth Or Dare, also known as In Bed With Madonna, in 1991.

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"Harvey crossed lines and boundaries and 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," Madonna said in the interview.

"I was aware that he did the same with a lot of other women that I knew in the business. And 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'."

Madonna, who performed at Eurovision last month, spoke about her feelings when the allegations against Weinstein were made public.

"When it happened, I was really like, 'finally'," she said. "I wasn't cheering from the rafters because I'm never going to cheer for someone's demise. I don't think that's good karma anyway.

"But it was good that somebody who had been abusing his power for so many years was called out and held accountable."

It is understood that Weinstein reached a tentative compensation deal worth $44m (£34m) in May, with women who have accused him of sexual misconduct.

More than 15 misconduct lawsuits have been filed against Harvey Weinstein or The Weinstein Company, and the scandal forced the studio into bankruptcy.

If the deal is finalised it would resolve a civil rights lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general's office, but would not cover criminal charges.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

The former Hollywood producer, who won plaudits and awards for films including Pulp Fiction and The King's Speech, fell from grace after more than 70 women, mostly young actresses and others in the industry, accused him of sexual misconduct dating back decades.

Sky News has contacted Weinstein's representatives for comment.