Anne-Marie Duff has lashed out at ITV’s Lorraine show for misquoting her as saying she was ‘terrified’ of movie boss Harvey Weinstein, on Thursday morning.
The former Shameless actress was in conversation with host Lorraine Kelly about about allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape made against the producer when the tagline below her image was changed to: ‘I Was Terrified Of Weinstein.’
While Lorraine viewers were quick to point out that they weren’t words that Anne-Marie used, the actress, 47, later confirmed it was ‘misleading and inaccurate’ representation of her comments about disgraced Harvey, 65.
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Terrified? Anne-Marie Duff was quoted as saying that she was ‘terrified’ of movie boss Harvey Weinstein on Thursday morning, but viewers argue that she did not say it
A representative for Anne-Marie told MailOnline after the show: ‘I can confirm she has been misquoted. It was a false statement made by ITV.
‘It was misleading and inaccurate to include this tagline while discussing the Weinstein story.’
A spokesperson for ITV’s Lorraine said: ‘We have apologised to Anne-Marie for the on screen caption used during her interview this morning which was an error.’
While Anne-Marie branded the movie boss’s behaviour ‘disgraceful’ and spoke about his power over the industry, she did not suggest that she was ‘terrified’ of him.
‘We are all talking about it,’ she said on the show, as the topic was delicately broached by host Lorraine, ‘As we should be – because it’s disgraceful behaviour.
Power: She said: ‘You have to understand how powerful this man has been, and that’s the issue really’
‘I’ve worked on a couple of films that Harvey’s company was responsible for distributing in America so you have to understand how powerful this man has been, and that’s the issue really.’
She added: ‘Ultimately, you’re looking at a man responsible for getting movies into cinemas so for a lot of young actors and actresses, if somebody says: “If you don’t do this for me, then the whole film’s future can be affected” and that’s an awful weight of responsibility.
‘We often talk about parity in pay – especially in our industry – between men and women but unless we address core issues like, respect for your very existence in the movie industry, then we cannot yet look at things like financial issues.’
And then the star concluded: ‘As soon as you lift the big old rock, out crawls all the nastiness but it’s good we only get rid of it by naming it.’
Acting worlds: The actress was commenting on accusations of sexual harassment lodged against Weinstein in Hollywood
American film producer Harvey, 65, has been accused of sexual harassment by a number of actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd, as well as assault and rape by three actresses including, indirectly, Rosie McGowan.
Weinstein has admitted to some but not all of the allegations made against him. He has ‘unequivocally denied’ any allegations of non-consensual sex.
Anne-Marie worked with The Weinstein Company on 2010’s Nowhere Boy, while her ex-husband James McAvoy starred in their film, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby in 2013.
Words in her mouth: Viewers defended the actress as a tagline appeared to quote her as saying something she didn’t
Misquoted? The actress said that the 65-year-old’s behaviour was ‘disgraceful’ but she did not use the word ‘terrified’
Having a chat: The former Shameless star worked with The Weinstein Company on 2010’s Nowhere Boy
The acting pair divorced at the start of this year after meeting on the set of Shameless and continue to co-parent their seven-year-old son.
Viewers similarly felt like the actress had been misquoted.
One outraged viewer pointing out: ‘Anne Marie duff didn’t say she was terrified of Harvey Weinstein like the caption said ??? #ITVLorraine’
Another concurred with the observation, saying: ‘@ITVLorraine at not one point did she say that!!’
Lost love: Anne-Marie’s ex-husband James McAvoy (pictured here together in 2004 for Shameless) also worked with the movie boss on The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby in 2013
While one more comment read: ‘@ITVLorraine watching AMD [Anne-Marie Duff] interview, talking about HW [Harvey Weinstein], then all of a sudden the headline she was terrified of him’
The amicable one-to-one covered parenting, her new play and her Hollywood career and producers quickly changed the tagline to ‘Homegrown Hollywood Talent’ as talk turned to her son.
During the interview, she said she was not sure whether their son would follow them into the movie industry, and would secretly rather he was guaranteed work.
Moving on: Anne-Marie and James split in 2016 but they share a seven-year-old son, who she would rather not follow them into acting
‘I would like him to be a plumber,’ she conceded. ‘You know, where there’s guaranteed work but he will be, who he will be.
‘At the moment, I think he wants to be a rockstar but it’s more about who he wants to be.’
Though she did not shed light on their amicable post-divorce relationship, she said: ‘We have this beautiful boy, and that’s something to be very proud of.’
James shared similar insight, during an interview with Mr Portermagazine in January: My life has changed massively. At the same time so much has stayed the same.
He added: ‘Me and Anne-Marie, when we were together, it was our policy not to speak about each other in public.
Unlikely love: Now, she is portraying an unlikely love affair between a 40-something and a 70-something in Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle (pictured alongside co-star Kenneth Cranham)
‘We rarely broke that and if we did, it was for tiny things – “Yes, we are cooking turkey this Christmas” – and that policy still stands. Even separated, we’re still respectful of each other and committed to doing that publicly and personally.
Anne-Marie is due to star in ‘funny, moving and unique play’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle.
From Shameless to science, the actress now explores an unlikely relationship between a 40-something and a 70-year-old man.
She said: ‘It’s a play about an unconventional love affair and what the writer does brilliantly is he takes physics and relates it to real life relationships.’
New work: The blonde describes the play as a ‘funny, moving and unique play’ about love
Anne-Marie added: ‘It’s about a chance encounter between a woman in her forties and a man in his seventies, and they develop a relationship and it’s about being lonely and how easy it is to become separate to the rest of the world.
‘About how we really crave connection with other people. And I think that’s really a problem for us now, we’re in big cities, we work very hard. We don’t get the chance to just sit back and look at what’s around us.
On her co-star Kenneth Cranham: ‘He’s a wonderful actor and a lovely man, so I’m very luck to be able to share the stage with him.’
From Shameless to science: The actress has returned to the stage after film and TV