Thursday, July 18, 2024

Julia Ormond Sues Harvey Weinstein But There’s a Rub: She Appeared in (and Promoted) His 2011 Movie About Marilyn Monroe


Julia Ormond has sued Harvey Weinstein, CAA, and Disney claiming the disgraced movie mogul sexually attacked her. She says her agents ignored her complaints and covered them up. She claims Disney, which then owned Miramax. also ignored her.

The alleged attack took place in 1995, when Ormond was being promoted as the next big thing. She starred in a remake of “Sabrina” and was on the cover of the then powerful Vanity Fair.” But her career mysteriously collapsed, all the heat dissipated, she’s blaming Weinstein and the others.

True? I don’t know, although it sounds like it. It certainly follows a pattern we’ve heard in testimony from other actresses like Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino. Ormond has always seemed like a reasonable person to me, smart, and not one to rush for publicity.

But one part of this is puzzling. If she hated Weinstein, why did she appear in his 2011 movie, “My Week with Marilyn”? Ormond played famed actress Vivien Leigh. It wasn’t a big role and couldn’t have paid that much. Yet she did it, and promoted it. You can see her interviews below.

Weinstein is in prison for the rest of his life after convictions in New York and Los Angeles. There’s no doubt he committed heinous crimes. But some of Ormond’s argument doesn’t make sense. Why would Ormond take a job from him sixteen years after the alleged attack? It wasn’t like Weinstein was hands-off on “Marilyn.” He was extremely involved with the production and the promotion.

CAA, by the way, responded that they’d heard from Ormond’s lawyers last March and that he wanted $15 million not to bring the lawsuit.

This one’s going to be messy.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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