Sandra Bullock says she was afraid of working with Harvey Weinstein

Discussing the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, actress Sandra Bullock said she had never worked with the producer, but feared him anyway.

“I heard about Harvey and I was afraid of him,” Bullock told The Sunday Times in an interview published this weekend.

The actress, who stars in the all-female heist movie “Ocean’s 8,” also described one unwelcome experience early in her career with a person of authority who was not Weinstein. “I learned early on to shut things off so those things didn’t come my way,” she said.

Bullock didn’t go into detail about the incident or name the individual involved, but said that she first tried deflecting the situation with humor. When that didn’t work, she asked to be fired. It’s not clear if this ended up happening.

The actress has previously said that she nearly quit acting earlier in her career after having a “wake-up moment” regarding sexual discrimination in Hollywood.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sandra Bullock attends the 'Ocean's 8' UK Premiere held at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sandra Bullock attends the 'Ocean's 8' UK Premiere held at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 7: The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Thursday, June 7, 2018, with guests Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Sandra Bullock, Gesine Bullock-Prado and Jenna Bush Hager on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Sarah Paulson (L) and Sandra Bullock attend the 'Ocean's 8' World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Sandra Bullock attends the world premiere of 'Ocean's 8' at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night' special edition episodes air in primetime every night of the NBA Finals. The guest for Sunday, June 3 included Sandra Bullock ('Ocean's 8'). (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) SANDRA BULLOCK
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Sandra Bullock on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Sandra Bullock is seen leaving her hotel on May 24, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Sandra Bullock is seen on May 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: (L-R) Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kalling attend the 'Ocean's 8' worldwide photo call at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 03: Actress Sandra Bullock speaks during the Beverly Hills Bar Association's 2018 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Dinner at the Montage Beverly Hills on May 3, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24: (L-R) Actresses Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and actress/rapper Awkwafina attend CinemaCon 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You to The Big Picture, an Exclusive Presentation of our Upcoming Slate at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners on April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Sandra Bullock arrives at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Sandra Bullock seen at the 'Ocean's Eight' film set in Central Park on January 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Sandra Bullock is seen filming 'Ocean's 8' on December 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Sandra Bullock seen on December 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Rihanna are seen filming 'Ocean's 8' in Central Park on November 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett are seen filming 'Ocean's 8' on October 31, 2016 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Actress Sandra Bullock (R) and Cate Blanchett are seen on the set of 'Ocean's Eight' on October 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Actress Sandra Bullock accepts the Favorite Movie Actress award onstage during the People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 6: Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy backstage at the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016, from the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: Sandra Bullock seen out in Manhattan on October 29, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Sandra Bullock is seen heading to Today TV Show on October 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0355 -- Pictured: Actress Sandra Bullock on October 28, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Sandra Bullock Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on October 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the premiere of 'Our Brand Is Crisis' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Sandra Bullock arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Our Brand Is Crisis' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 17: Sandra Bullock at the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 17, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actresses Sandra Bullock (L) and Zoe Kazan attend the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' press conference at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress/producer Sandra Bullock speaks onstage during the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' press conference at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Executive Producer/actress Sandra Bullock, Producer Grant Heslov and actress Zoe Kazan attend EW's Must List Party during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at Thompson Hotel on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the 'Our Brand is Crisis' premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the 'Our Brand is Crisis' premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Executive Producer/Actress Sandra Bullock (L) and Producer George Clooney arrive to the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' photo call at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
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When it comes to Weinstein, who co-founded Miramax film studio, Bullock told The Sunday Times that she heard rumors about sexual encounters that painted women in a poor light and him in a powerful one.

“People would say, ‘Well, you know how she got that role? She fucked Harvey.’ I would say, ‘Shut the fuck up. You don’t know that.’ Then, later, to find out that woman was brutally attacked,” she said. “They didn’t sleep with Harvey. Harvey wanted you to think that.”

Weinstein pleaded not guilty earlier this month to rape and sexual assault charges. More than 70 women have accused him of sexual misconduct.

Bullock said it was “amazing” when women began speaking out about harassment and assault as part of the MeToo movement. Still, she said she had concerns that their accounts could backfire and hurt the accusers, which has happened before.

“We’re in such uncharted territory right now. I’ve seen a lot of fear and a lot of men of a certain generation not understanding,” she said.

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Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
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Kadian Noble, has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein in New York federal court accusing the movie producer of sex trafficking by inviting her to a hotel room in France and sexually assaulting her.
Paz de la Huerta, who stars on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire,' claims Harvey Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions in 2010: "I was in no state. I was so terrified of him," she told Vanity Fair. "I did say no, and when he was on top of me, I said, 'I don't want to do this' ... It was disgusting. He's like a pig."
British actress Lysette Anthony has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in her home in the late 1980s.
Amber Anderson said Harvey Weinstein 'behaved inappropriately' and bragged about other actresses he had 'helped' in exchange for sexual favors.
Natassia Malthe has accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room. On a separate occasion, after she was assured that Weinstein would not come onto her, she was allegedly escorted to Weinstein's hotel room by an assistant. In the room was another woman, who performed oral sex on Weinstein whil he asked Malthe to join.
Lupita Nyong'o wrote a detailed essay for the New York Times recounting multiple incidents with Weinstein, including an evening during which he asked her to give him a nude massage while his family was in the same home.
Marisa Coughlan said that she planned to meet Weinstein for a meeting at his hotel. Instead, he requested a massage.

Heather Graham said Weinstein told her he had an agreement with his wife that allowed him to sleep with whomever he wants. He then asked him to meet her to discuss a film project at his hotel, falsely telling her that her friend would also be present. She declined.

French actress Judith Godreche has accused Weinstein of inappropriately pressing up against her, trying to remove her sweater and asking for a massage.

Lauren Holly said that during a seemingly normal meeting with Weinstein to discuss a project, he began disrobing, got into the shower, and went to the bathroom while continuing to converse with her. He then allegedly asked her for a massage. She fled. 
Angie Everhart said that she was sleeping in her own cabin on a yacht when Harvey Weinstein entered, blocked the door and began masturbating. He told her not to tell anyone, but she "told everyone," including many actors and producers. In response, most told her that it was just Harvey being Harvey. In an interview with TMZ, she emphasized that anyone in the industry who knew Harvey at all knew that he regularly did things like what he allegedly did to her.
Kate Beckinsale has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in his hotel room when she was 17 years old.
Tara Subkoff said that in the 1990s, on the same day that she was offered a major movie role, she met Harvey Weinstein at a party. He allegedly made her sit on his lap while he had an erection. He then told her that if he did not do certain sexual things, she would not get the role that she'd already been offered. She declined. Afterward, she said, her "reputation was ruined by false gossip" and she found it near impossible to book roles.
Minka Kelly said that Harvey Weinstein offered her a lavish lifestyle in exchange for being his extramarital girlfriend. She declined.
Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage in his hotel suite. After she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, Pitt confronted him, leading Weinstein to contact Paltrow and "scream" at her, she said.
Asia Argento has accused Weinstein of raping her in his hotel room when she was 21. She first reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her. During subsequent encounters, she had consensual sexual relations with him due to fear that he would otherwise ruin her career.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. In October 2016, she tweeted reference to a studio head raping her. In October 2017, in a tweet to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan referred to Weinstein by name while repeating her rape accusation. The alleged incident took place in the 1990s and resulted in a financial settlement.
Cara Delevingne has accused Harvey Weinstein of attempting to coerce her into kissing another woman in his hotel room. She had just begun her acting career and believed they were meeting just to finalize talks for a film role.
Angelina Jolie said she had a "bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth" and refused to work with him subsequently.
Jessica Barth has accused Harvey Weinstein of demanding that she get naked and give him a massage.
Emma de Caunes has accused Harvey Weinstein of unexpectedly getting naked and demanding that she lie down as other women had supposedly done before her.
Lauren Sivan has accused Harvey Weinstein of cornering her in a public space and masturbating to completion in front of her.
Mira Sorvino, seen here at a Weinstein Co. event in January 2017, said that after refusing Harvey Weinstein's advances, he dissuaded others in the industry from hiring her.
Ambra Battilana has accused Harvey Weinstein of groping her breasts and reaching under her skirt. She went to the NYPD and then conducted a sting operation, the audio of which was published by the New Yorker. In the audio, Weinstein can be heard attempting to coerce her to enter his hotel room.
Louisette Geiss has accused Harvey Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room after assuring her he wouldn't hit on her. He then disrobed and repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, telling her he would produce her screenplay if she did.
Emily Nestor (far right), a former Weinstein Co. employee, has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Rosanna Arquette has accused Harvey Weinstein of dissuading others from hiring her after she rejected his sexual advances.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. She has also accused others in the industry of knowing of Weinstein's misconduct and either actively or passively hiding it.
Ashley Judd has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of asking her for a massage and then asking her to watch him shower.
Florence Darel has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in a hotel suite in 1996 while his wife was in the room next door.
Zoe Brock (left, in 2004) has accused Weinstein of getting naked and chasing her around a hotel room after she refused to give him a massage.
Katherine Kendall (right, in 2006) has accused Harvey Weinstein of disrobing and asking for a massage in his apartment after a movie screening, telling her that "everybody does it." He then asked her to at least show him her breasts, which she refused.
Romola Garai has accused Harvey Weinstein of making her feel "violated" when he watched her audition wearing only a bathrobe in his hotel room.
Lea Seydoux has accused Harvey Weinstein of forcibly trying to kiss her on the lips in 2012.
Claire Forlani said she "escaped" Harvey Weinstein on five occasions. He allegedly told her about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had in turn established their careers. He also attempted to get her to give him a massage.
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Read The Sunday Times’ full interview with Bullock here.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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