Elizabeth Hurley has told Sky News that she has never heard of or witnessed any inappropriate behaviour by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
The 52-year-old actress said she has “known Harvey for 22 years”, and “can honestly say he certainly never asked me to massage him”.
“I’ve heard about it,” she said of Hollywood’s infamous “casting couch” problem.
“But not about Harvey as it happens, no,” she added.
“Of course we’ve always heard that there are predatorial people in every business. Hollywood, of course – everywhere.”
Weinstein has been fired from his own film company after a string of sexual allegations by women were published in The New York Times last week.
In a statement, Weinstein conceded causing “a lot of pain” and asked for “a second chance“, blaming his actions on the workplace culture in the ’60s and ’70s.
But he and his lawyers have also criticised the New York Times report, vowing an aggressive response.
Hurley is the latest star to weigh in on the scandal involving one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, the man behind such movies as Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare In Love and The King’s Speech.
The British star has lived in Hollywood for ten years, and has starred in over 30 film, but said she has personally “never encountered a casting couch situation”.
“Ever. I don’t know if I look like someone who would give a karate chop if they … I don’t know – I never have,” she said.
“Of course if he has done those things, it’s horrible,” Hurley said of Weinstein.
“And I’m very sorry for those women.”
Hurley added she didn’t think sexual harassment was “a Hollywood problem per se”.
“It’s possibly a world problem,” she said.
“It’s a bigger issue.”