Kate Winslet failed to thank Harvey Weinstein when she picked up an Oscar in 2009 for "The Reader," a movie the Weinstein Company financed and distributed. She now says his omission from her acceptance speech was "absolutely deliberate."
"I remember being told. 'Make sure you thank Harvey if you win.' And I remember turning around and saying, 'No I won't," she told the Los Angeles Times. "'No I won't.' And it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren't well-behaved, why would I thank him?"
"The fact that I'm never going to have to deal with Harvey Weinstein again as long as I live is one of the best things that's ever happened and I'm sure the feeling is universal," she continued.
"For my whole career, Harvey Weinstein, whenever I've bumped into him, he'd grab my arm and say, 'Don't forget who gave you your first movie.' Like I owe him everything. Then later, with 'The Reader,' same thing, 'I'm gonna get you that Oscar nomination, I'm gonna get you a win, I'm gonna win for you.'"
She then went on to detail on he was "bullying and nasty" business wise.
"He was always very, very hard to deal with — he was rude. He used to call my female agent a [vulgar name for a woman] every time he spoke to her on the telephone," she explained.
"I can't even begin to describe the disgraceful behavior that went on — and I'm actually not going to because it's a can of worms that I'm not prepared to publicly open — nothing to do with sexual harassment, thankfully, lucky me," she said of working with him on "The Reader." "My god. I somehow dodged that bullet."
After that experience, she vowed to never work with him again, after he shut down production on "The Reader" with just four days of filming left.
"I won't be pushed around or bullied by anyone. I was bullied as a child. Never again. Certainly not by Harvey Weinstein," she said.