Alexander Payne: Harvey Weinstein is a ‘Bully and Thug’

Director Alexander Payne has publicly come out with his opinion about the Harvey Weinstein scandal that has rocked Hollywood to condemn the producer accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment and even rape as a “bully and thug”.

Many celebrities, as well as powerful behind the scenes players in Hollywood including his own brother, Bob Weinstein, who referred to brother Harvey as “depraved”, have publicly condemned the producer.

Payne has been touring the film festival circuit with his new movie “Downsizing”, starring Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon, and was at the film’s premiere at the BFI London Film Festival when he was asked about his opinion on the Harvey Weinstein scandal by the Press Association.

As Payne put it, “[Harvey Weinstein] was asking for it. He was known as somewhat of a bully and thug in business dealings, so why wouldn’t that extend to other dealings?”

Actresses from Gwyneth Paltrow to Cara Delevingne have recounted their own horrifying and uncomfortable experiences with Weinstein intimidating them, while others, such as Asia Argento, have accused the producer of rape.

Though most now agree that Harvey Weinstein’s behavior was one of the biggest “open secrets” in the industry, the New York Times article that exposed his dark, criminal history with actresses to the world seems to have finally ended Weinstein’s career, as he got fired from his own company and has been officially banned by every professional organization in Hollywood, including the Academy and BAFTA.


  1. Why didn’t these actresses speak up way back then? Because…They were at the beginning of their careers and did not want to jeopardize their chances for stardom. Compromise their dignity by getting one up their heinie for riches and fames…A bit hypocritical but that’s the price for fame.

    I’m sure there are plenty more cases like that from various other producers or directors that are members of the TRIBE but these actresses are willingly choosing to practice OMERTA.

  2. Don’t blame the victims for this. They weren’t trading off their silence for “fame.” The odds of becoming a famous actor are about the same as being hit by a meteor. If these women wanted to work AT ALL in the industry that many of them had trained for since adolescence (or younger), they couldn’t afford to be blackballed. Very few people ever become stars–most actors are thrilled to just be able to have a career with some longevity that pays the bills. Lots of women work in non performing roles in show business (makeup artists, PA’s etc.) and deal with the same kind of harassment. Imagine a career field where, if you tick off the wrong person, you never work again. That’s what they’re up against.