How Kate Winslet snubbed Harvey Weinstein

Amy Stevenson

Kate Winslet has continued to speak out against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein saying it was "absolutely deliberate" she didn't thank him in her 2009 Oscars acceptance speech.

The 42-year-old star, who won Best Actress for The Reader at the 81st Academy Awards, has told the Los Angeles Times she refused to thank the 65-year-old, despite the fact his movie studio, The Weinstein Company, produced the movie.

"That was deliberate. That was absolutely deliberate. I remember being told 'Make sure you thank Harvey if you win.' And I remember turning around and saying, 'No I won’t. No I won’t,'" Kate told the publication.

Kate Winslet has admitted she didn't think Harvey Weinstein on purpose when she won her Best Actress Oscar in 2009. Source: Getty
The actress said she was told to make sure she thanked the producer, and she refused. Source: Getty

Kate continued, saying her decision not to include him in her speech, in which she thanked 19 others, all came down to Harvey's behaviour towards her, her staff as well as his behaviour during filming of the award-winning flick.

"And it was nothing to do with not being grateful. If people aren’t well-behaved, why would I thank him? The fact that I’m never going to have to deal with Harvey Weinstein again as long as I live is one of the best things that’s ever happened and I'm sure the feeling is universal."

The Titanic actress also revealed in her numerous dealing with Harvey throughout her career she felt he expected her to feel as though she "owed" him for her success.

Kate's first big Hollywood role came in 1994 flick Heavenly Creatures, which was produced my Harvey's first company MiraMax.

Kate thanks 19 other people in the speech. Source: Getty
Kate said she felt as though Harvey felt like she
The star was one of the first to condemn Harvey. Source: Getty

"For my whole career, Harvey Weinstein, whenever I’ve bumped into him, he’d grab my arm and say, 'Don’t forget who gave you your first movie.' Like I owe him everything. Then later, with The Reader, same thing, 'I’m gonna get you that Oscar nomination, I’m gonna get you a win, I’m gonna win for you,'" she said.

"But that’s how he operated. He was bullying and nasty. Going on a business level, he was always very, very hard to deal with — he was rude. He used to call my female agent a [vulgar name for a woman] every time he spoke to her on the telephone."

Kate was one of the first actresses to condemn Harvey after it was revealed by the New York Times that he had subjected actresses and female employees to nearly three decades of sexual harassment, calling his actions "disgraceful, despicable behavior".

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