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Footage has resurfaced that shows rock star Courtney Love calling out Harvey Weinstein for his sexual crimes years before he was finally brought to justice. You can see what she said about the disgraced movie mogul in the video below:
Courtney Love about Harvey Weinstein in 2005. pic.twitter.com/IdIDU0qH8H— F̶e̶l̶i̶x̶ ̶L̶a̶n̶g̶d̶ò̶n̶ ̶A̶l̶g̶ê̶r̶ ☭ (@dermildwuerzige) January 12, 2022
Love – the lead singer of Hole and wife of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain – was speaking in 2005 on the red carpet of Comedy Central’s Roast of Pamela Anderson when she made the explosive remarks about Weinstein.
When asked if she had any advice to youngsters wanting to get into Hollywood, she paused briefly – realising the enormity of what she was about to say – before warning any would-be actors against spending time in private with the Miramax co-founder.
Holding the microphone, comedian Natasha Leggero asked: “Do you have any advice for a young girl moving to Hollywood?”
Love then responded: “I’ll get libelled if I say it…”
Then, she said: “If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party at the Four Seasons [hotel] don’t go.”
With the benefit of what we know now, and the accusations and crimes that emerged afterwards, it’s not too hard to know what she’s talking about.
In fact, Love claimed her comments – now proven to be sound advice – cost her professionally.
In October 2017, Love tweeted: “Although I wasn’t one of his victims, I was eternally banned by CAA [talent agency Creative Artists Agency] for speaking out against [Harvey Weinstein].”
After that, Leggero tweeted: “I forgot that Courtney [Love] told me to stay away from Harvey Weinstein 12 years ago.”
Since then, other high-profile celebrities such as Eva Green, Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have all said Weinstein made sexual advances towards them.
Weinstein’s company Miramax was responsible for a huge number of successful films, including Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love and The Crying Game, but after he was arrested in New York and charged with rape in May 2018, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
He has since been extradited to Los Angeles where he will stand trial over further charges.
More than 80 women made allegations against him, and those claims sparked the #MeToo movement on social media and has also led to many more people coming forward to make claims of sexual abuse about other powerful men, particularly within the movie business.
Meanwhile, Love has continued with her career in music, fashion and movies.