Former Irish producer Laura Madden opens up about working with Harvey Weinstein

Former Irish film producer Laura Madden has opened up about her experiences of working with Harvey Weinstein in the early 1990s.

Speaking on Channel 4’s documentary, ‘Working with Weinstein’ the Monaghan native described how she first met the producer when he requested for her to be his assistant during the shooting of Into the West in Dublin.

“I think my first introduction to him was going into his hotel room,” she began.

“I remember going into the suite, where he was, and being surprised to see room service had been ordered and there was a bottle of champagne.

“He asked me to come and sit down, and then told me what a wonderful job I was doing, and how he wanted me to work for him in London.

“It was exciting, it was great and it was going to be my next step after this film”.

She then went on to say that the conversation quickly turned from "a conversation about a profession" to him being tired and asking her for a massage.

He assured her that the request was “very normal” and that there was nothing wrong with it.

“I felt I was the one who was sexualising it and I was the one who was making it a problem,” she said.

“There were constant new requests, like ‘let’s have a shower’.

“I remember going into the shower with him and at that point remember feeling completely out of my depth and horrified and crying.

“I think he was a bit exasperated and said ‘I’ll leave you to it’ and left the room”

After Weinstein exited the bathroom she said that she locked herself in and burst into tears.

“I asked him to let me go and he did, I remember putting my clothes back on and I left. I then rang my parents and told them what happened. My dad just wanted to drive up and confront him”.

Madden said that Weinstein later assured her that it would never happen again but for the eight years that she worked at Miramax in Los Angeles, she said it was "always present" and continuously felt that she had done something wrong.

“I felt more to blame. Obviously, it was his problem but I took… I felt responsible, and humiliated by it,”

A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein has previously said that any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied.

By Anna O'Donoghue

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