Oprah Winfrey reveals she was bullied by Harvey Weinstein, calls him an “a-hole”

The list of Harvey Weinstein’s victims continues to grow, as Oprah Winfrey revealed that she too was mistreated by the disgraced movie producer.

Oprah revealed all to Gwyneth Paltrow – who was also a victim of HW’s predatory behaviour – in a new weekly podcast for Goop, including how she felt bullied by him in the past, as well as why she felt it was acceptable to “put up” with him for so long…

“I was in Chicago, in my own little world, but what I knew about Harvey was that Harvey was a bully and that if Harvey’s on the phone, you didn’t want to take the call because you’re going to get bullied in some way,” the talk show host and philanthropist revealed.

“What I do question for myself is why I was willing to put up with a bullying thing?

“What I do question for myself is why I was willing to put up with a bullying thing?

“I was willing to put up with, ‘OK I’ll take the call,’ ‘OK I’ll do that’…why am I willing to put up with an a–hole? Why we won’t tolerate other things, but you can throw phones and call people jerks or whatever and do all this nasty stuff.”

And it didn’t end there. Oprah Winfrey – who is a big supporter of the Time’s Up movement – was asked why it took so long for the Time’s Up and Me Too movements to start, considering there were other instances of sexual misconduct long before Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour was exposed…

“It had been coming and Weinstein was the moment was where it all crystallised.”

“It had been coming, it had been coming,” she added.

“It had been coming with Bill Cosby and nothing happened, it had been coming with Bill O’Reilly, even with the President of the United States, where people can hear the Access Hollywood tape and yet, nothing happens.

“It had been coming and Weinstein was the moment was where it all crystallised. In order for a phenomenon to be a phenomenon everything has to line up. It means the culture, the zeitgeist, for a particular moment in time to be ready, available and open to hear that message.”

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