Tamara Ecclestone has lashed out at Jim Davidson hours after he spoke out on the scandal surrounding disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and claimed the accusations surfacing about the star are ‘unpleasant’.
Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape by several actresses, with comedian Jim claiming that the Hollywood stalwart will be haunted by the claims, as the ‘stigma’ attached to sexual offences doesn’t go away.
News of the comments riled the socialite and F1 heir as she took to Instagram to post a note to 279,000 followers, in which she insisted the comic was ‘deplorable’ while insisting his actions were merely a ploy to hit headlines.
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Hitting back: Tamara Ecclestone has lashed out at Jim Davidson hours after he spoke out on the scandal surrounding disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and claimed the accusations surfacing about the star are ‘unpleasant’
Jim himself had faced sex accusations three years ago and was accused of sexual assault, but protested his innocence and no charges against him were ever made and the investigation subsequently dropped.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Thursday morning, former Celebrity Big Brother Jim was asked to share his thoughts on the allegations Weinstein is facing.
After he spoke of women taking advantage, she wrote: ‘Deplorable. When your so thirsty for your few minutes on TV that you stoop low enough to say this this or even more worryingly you truly believe it. I think Mr Davidson is confused about what truly is unpleasant.
American film producer Weinstein, 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.
‘It’s unpleasant’: Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape by several actresses, with comedian Jim claiming that the Hollywood stalwart will be haunted by the claims, as the ‘stigma’ attached to sexual offences doesn’t go away
Weinstein has admitted to some but not all of the allegations made against him. He has ‘unequivocally denied’ any allegations of non-consensual sex.
Weighing in on the sex scandal, Jim told hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shepherd: ‘It’s not very nice the stories that are coming up, there are allegations – it’s trial by television, I’d like to see if he is arrested and if he is charged.
He continued: ‘It’s not very nice, all these things are very unpleasant,’ before seeming to reflect on his own experience, as he added: ‘It’s a stigma that doesn’t go away, I tell you.’
Disgraced: Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape by several actresses, with comedian Jim claiming that the Hollywood stalwart will be haunted by the claims, as the ‘stigma’ attached to sexual offences doesn’t go away
Speaking of Weinstein, Jim said: ‘It’s not very nice, all these things are very unpleasant,’ before seeming to reflect on his own experience, as he added: ‘It’s a stigma that doesn’t go away, I tell you’
Jim was then asked whether he thinks the showbiz industry has become renowned for those in a position of power abusing their position, but he was quick to respond: ‘I’m afraid men take advantage of women and women take advantage of men, that’s life.’
Keen not to discuss the topic further, Jim concluded: ‘I’d like to see how this story plays out.’
Back in 2013, Jim faced claims he has sexually assaulted 10 women up to 25 years ago. He was arrested in the January of that year, and again in March, as part of Operation Yewtree, the inquiry launched in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Having his say: Jim was accused of sexually assaulting 10 women up to 25 years ago back in 2013, but protested his innocence and the investigation against him was subsequently dropped without charges
Refelective: Recalling what he had gone through on Good Morning Britain, Jim admitted he had thought the worse, despite consistently denying the allegations and credited the police for their help
He had protested his innocence throughout the inquiry and the investigation against Jim was later dropped as the Crown Prosecution Service had decided the women’s allegations were not strong enough for there to be a realistic prospect of securing a conviction.
When he heard the news, Davidson said: ‘I’m very pleased that it has now all blown over.’ He had later described the ordeal as ‘nine months of murder’ on returning to the stage for his first live performance in the wake of the investigation.
Recalling what he had gone through on Good Morning Britain, Jim admitted he had thought the worse, despite consistently denying the allegations.
Moving on: Explaining how he has since moved on from the claims, Jim admitted: ‘I have a laugh with it… when you’re really low you laugh your way through it’
‘I thought it was a done deal, it doesn’t matter if I’m guilty or innocent… but the police were brilliant,’ he said.
Explaining how he has since moved on from the claims, Jim admitted: ‘I have a laugh with it… when you’re really low you laugh your way through it.’
Weinstein, meanwhile, has been pictured for the first time since accusations against him surfaced. He was seen in Los Angeles entering the offices of his lawyer Patty Glasser, with the embattled movie mogul appearing to raise his middle figure.
He is believed to be heading to a rehab centre in Arizona, following reports his daughter had phoned 911 to report him as ‘suicidal’.
Angelina Jolie said she had to turn down Weinstein’s advances as a young actress
Gwyneth Paltrow: The star told the New York Times that Weinstein touched her and suggested having joint massages in the bedroom before she started shooting the 1996 film Emma. She said she told her then boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident and he confronted the mogul.
Angelina Jolie: Jolie told the Times she had to turn down advances from Weinstein in 1998 and chose never to work with him again. She said she warned other women about him.
Louisette Geiss: Actress was called to a late night meeting with Weinstein in 2008. He allegedly emerged in a bathrobe and told her he would green light her script if she watched him masterbate. She left the meeting.
Judith Godreche: The French actress says Weinstein tried to massage her and pull off her sweater after asking her up to his Cannes suite to see the view in 1996.
Dawn Dunning: Aspiring actress says she was called to a meeting about future film projects in 2003. When she arrived Weinstein presented her with three scripts for his next three movies which he would let her star in, only if she had three-way sex with him. She fled the hotel.
Tomi-Ann Roberts: Weinstein met her when she was serving tables as a college junior in 1984 and told her to meet him at his home. When she arrived, she says, he was naked in the bath and told her she would give a better audition if she was nude. She says she refused and left.
Asia Argento: The Italian actress has accused Weinstein of forcibly performing oral sex on her when she was 21. ‘He terrified me, and he was big. It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.’ She said she went on to have consensual sex with him over the years that followed. She documented the alleged attack in her 2000 film Scarlet Diva.
Katherine Kendall: The Swingers actress was told Weinstein had to stop off in his apartment to pick something up after a screening in 1993. He changed into a bathrobe and told her to massage her. When she resisted she said the mogul returned naked and chased her.
Lucia Evans: The actress, formerly known as Lucia Stoller, claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. Speaking to the New Yorker, she said that she suffered years of trauma after the incident which occurred in a ‘casting meeting’ in a Miramax office in Manhattan. He reportedly called her late at night after the incident.
Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that Weinstein attempted to get her into a hotel bedroom and massage her when she was 22
Mira Sorvino:The Mighty Aphrodite actress told the New Yorker that Weinstein tried to massage her in a hotel room at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival. He then went to her home in the middle of the night but she called a male friend to protect her, she claimed. She said turning down the mogul adversely affected her career.
Rosanna Arquette: The actress also said her career suffered after she rebuffed Weinstein’s advances in the early 1990s. At a hotel meeting he tried to put her hand on his erect penis, she claims.
Rose McGowan: The actress, who made her breakthrough in 1996 in the Weinstein-produced slasher revival movie Scream, reportedly sued Weinstein after he assaulted her in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival. She signed a non-disclosure agreement at the close of the suit and has only referred to him obliquely in social media since. On Sunday she referred to being abused by a ‘monster’ and has previously referred to being raped by a studio head.
Career suicide: Mira Sorvino revealed how her career nose-dived after she turned down Weinstein’s advances
Ashley Judd: Judd’s film roles include the 1997 thriller Kiss the Girls – and says that during the filming of that movie Weinstein repeatedly asked her to watch him shower. She was one of the women who spoke out to The New York Times this week, saying: ‘Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly.’
Emma De Caunes: French actress Emma de Caunes said that she met Weinstein in 2010, soon after he told her he had a script he was producing based on a book with a strong female character. Weinstein offered to show her the script, and asked her up to his hotel room, where he began to take a shower. He then emerged naked and with an erection, asking her to lay down with him on the bed and telling her that many had done so before. ‘I was very petrified,’ said de Caunes. ‘But I didn’t want to show him that I was petrified, because I could feel that the more I was freaking out, the more he was excited.’
Zelda Perkins was 25 when, as an assistant of Weinstein’s in London, she reportedly confronted the mogul for harassing her and ‘several’ other women; she later settled out of court
Lauren O’Connor: A former employee of The Weinstein Company, she told executives there in the fall of 2015 that there was ‘a toxic environment for women at this company’ after one of her colleagues told her that Weinstein had pressured her into massaging him while he was naked, the NYT said.
Ambra Battilana: An Italian actress and model, she told the NYT that in March 2015 Weinstein invited her to his New York office. There, she said, he asked if her breasts were real before grabbing them and putting his hands up her skirt. She reported the alleged incident to police, but they did not press charges. According to the NYT, Weinstein later paid her off.
Jessica Barth: Weintein reportedly pressured Barth, an actress, to give him a naked massage in the Peninsula Hotel from 2011 onwards.
Laura Madden: An ex-employee, she told the NYT that Weinstein had asked her to give him massages from 1991 onwards, while they were both in London and Dublin. ‘It was so manipulative,’ she told the NYT. ‘You constantly question yourself – am I the one who is the problem?’ Weinstein denied knowledge.
Emily Nestor: Nestor was a temporary employee of the Weinstein Company for just one day in 2014 when Weinstein approached her and offered to boost her career in exchange for sex, the NYT reported.
Zelda Perkins: An assistant of Weinstein’s based in London in 1998; then 25, she reportedly confronted Weinstein after she and ‘several’ others were harassed and later settled out of court.
Elizabeth Karlsen, an Oscar-winning producer, said a female executive told her almost 30 years ago that she had found Weinstein naked in her bedroom in a Miramax-rented property
Elizabeth Karlsen: The Oscar-nominated producer of Carol and The Crying Game, among others, told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday that almost 30 years ago, an unnamed young female executive who had worked at Miramax with Weinstein had found him naked in her bedroom one night. The exec was in a house rented by Miramax at the time to cut its overheads.
Liza Campbell: A freelance script reader, she told the UK’s Sunday Times that Weinstein had summoned her to his hotel room in London before telling her to get in the bath with him.
Lauren Sivan: The former Fox news host said that Weinstein trapped her in a closed restaurant and masturbated in front of her to completion in 2007. He took her to a closed restaurant beneath a club she had visited and attempted to kiss her, then when she refused he cornered her and made her watch him touch himself, according to The Huffington Post.
Jessica Hynes: The British actress, best known for her roles in the Bridget Jones movies and for co-creating and co-writing the sitcom Spaced, said she was invited to audition for Weinstein when she was 19 – in a bikini. Hynes, formerly known as Jessica Stevenson, said she refused to wear the skimpy item – and lost the job.
Romola Garai: British actress Romola Garai said she felt ‘violated’ following a meeting with Harvey Weinstein in his London hotel room when she was 18 in which he was in a bathrobe. Garai, best known for her role in ‘Atonement’, said she had already been hired for a part but was told to audition privately with the Hollywood mogul because ‘you had to be personally approved by him’. ‘Like every other woman in the industry, I’ve had an ‘audition’ with Harvey Weinstein,’ she told The Guardian. ‘So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy and he answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it’.
Unnamed assistant: Weinstein allegedly behaved inappropriately toward a woman employed as his assistant in 1990. The case was settled out of court.
Another unnamed assistant: In 2015, Weinstein reportedly pressured another assistant into giving him a naked massage in the Peninsula Hotel, where he is also said to have pressured Barth.
Unnamed Miramax employee: At one point in the early 1990s, a young woman is alleged to have suddenly left the company after an encounter with Weinstein. She also settled out of court.
Unnamed woman: A woman who did not wish to be named because she feared Weinstein’s connections told The New York Times that the producer had summoned her to his hotel at an unknown date and raped her.
Reports reveal that Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, has now left him in the wake of the claims against him, with the star claiming he had ‘encouraged’ his love to ‘follow her heart’.
Weinstein said that he ‘supports’ Georgina’s decision and hopes that after he undergoes therapy for sex addiction and behavioral issues, he and his wife can ‘rebuild’ their relationship. He has since flown to Europe by private jet, where he will submit himself to a live-in facility in hopes of cleaning his act.
In a statement released by his spokesperson, Weinstein said: ‘I support her decision, I am in counseling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild.
‘We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart. I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again.’
Speaking out: American film producer, Harvey Weinstein, 65, has been accused of sexual harassment by a number of actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow (L) and Angelina Jolie (R)
Chapman cited the alleged ‘unforgivable actions’ of her husband as a reason for leaving Weinstein.
‘My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband,’ she told People.
Meanwhile, stars of the movie industry have shared their thoughts on the disgraced director, with many condemning Weinstein for his actions. Among them, Jennifer Lawrence had said: ‘I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.’
Titanic star Kate Winslet added: ‘His behavior is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong. I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumors, maybe we have all been naïve.’
Accused: Weinstein has admitted to some but not all of the allegations made against him – recent reports reveal his wife Georgina Chapman has now left him
However, Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan has shown her support for Weinstein and suggested he is being unfairly treated.
In a video she shared to Instagram, she took aim at Weinstein’s wife Georgina and insisted the star had ‘never done anything wrong’ to her personally.
Lindsay said: ‘Hi, this is Lindsay Lohan. I’m in Dubai, I’m home, and I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now, I don’t think it’s right what’s going on.
‘I think Georgina needs to take a stand and be there for her husband. And he’s never harmed me or did anything wrong to me. We’ve done several movies together, and so I think everyone needs to stop. I think it’s wrong. So stand up.’
WHAT THE STARS ARE SAYING ABOUT WEINSTEIN
Jennifer Lawrence stated although she had not witnessed Weinstein’s inappropriate acts herself, she still condemned the producer
Matt Damon: ‘As the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night. This is the great fear for all of us.I did five or six movies with Harvey. I never saw this. I feel horrible for these women and it’s wonderful they have this incredible courage and are standing up now. We can all feel this change that’s happening, which is necessary and overdue.’
Ben Affleck: ‘I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades’
Nicole Kidman: ‘As I’ve stated before publicly, I support and applaud all women and these women who speak out against any abuse and misuse of power – be it domestic violence or sexual harassment in the workforce. We need to eradicate this behavior.’
George Clooney: ‘I suppose the argument would be that it’s not just about Hollywood, but about all of us – that every time you see someone using their power and influence to take advantage of someone without power and influence and you don’t speak up, you’re complicit.’
Jennifer Lawrence: ‘I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.’
Kate Winslet: ‘His behavior is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong. I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumors, maybe we have all been naïve.’
Meryl Streep: ‘The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported.’
Kate Winslet said Weinstein’s behavior was appalling and very wrong
Glenn Close: ‘I’m angry, not just at him and the conspiracy of silence around his actions, but also that the ‘casting couch’ phenomenon, so to speak, is still a reality in our business and in the world: the horrible pressure, the awful expectation put on a woman when a powerful, egotistical, entitled bully expects sexual favors in exchange for a job.’
Judi Dench: ‘Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying, and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out.’
Mark Ruffalo said it was a ‘disgusting abuse of power’
Romola Garai: ‘Like every other woman in the industry, I’ve had an ‘audition’ with Harvey Weinstein. So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy and he answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it.’
Ashley Judd: ‘Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly.’
Mark Ruffalo: ‘To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses.’
James Gunn: ‘If even 1/10th of the stories about Harvey Weinstein are true (and I believe they are), then good f***ing riddance. That s***’s gotta stop.’
Lena Dunham: ‘Easy to think Weinstein company took swift action but this has actually been the slowest action because they always always knew.’
Susan Sarandon: ‘Huge respect for Ashley Judd and all the women who broke their silence for the article on Harvey Weinstein. Brave.’
Julianne Moore: ‘Coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be gained personally by doing so. But through their bravery we move forward as a culture, and I thank them. Stand with Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and others.’
Jessica Chastain: ‘I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again.’
Jeff Bridges: ‘I wish him the best struggling with his demons, but his behavior was terrible. And I wish him – just as being a fellow human being – we are all struggling with different things. And he can struggle with his and come out the other side.’
Kevin Smith: ‘He financed the first 14 years of my career – and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed.’
Paul Feig: ‘There is no excuse for monsters like Harvey Weinstein. It’s up to all of us, men and women, to speak up against sexual harassment and abuse.’
Michael Keaton: ‘H Weinstein – yikes! Disgusting and creepy. So is ‘leader of the free world’, by the way.’
Heather Graham is one of a number of actors to speak out against Weinstein
Emmy Rossum: ‘The ‘old dinosaur’ explanation doesn’t cut it. Decades of using power to intimidate women for sexual gain is reprehensible and inexcusable.’
Heather Graham: ‘Women speak out about sexual harassment and Harvey Weinstein gets fired. This is the best and most inspiring news story I have seen in a while.’
Judd Apatow: ‘What Harvey Weinstein did was abhorrent. He admits he did it. Why should anyone be silent in their disgust and support for his victims?’
Amber Tamblyn: ‘Heed the mantra and never forget: Women. Have. Nothing. To. Gain. And. Everything. To. Lose. By. Coming. Forward.’
Scott Derrickson: ‘I expect the Hollywood elite will remain largely silent about Weinstein. Me, I give zero f***s about any repercussions for condemning him.’
Brooklyn Decker: ‘We condemn ‘grab them by the p***y’ and we condone this.’
Patricia Arquette: ‘If there is a way to cure yourself of being a predator than I hope Harvey learns what it is & shares it with the world. It’s an epidemic.’
Ryan Murphy: ‘In this society, most women have a Harvey Weinstein in their life. There is always a minefield you navigate when you’re a woman and go through the system of Hollywood. Sometimes you are lucky enough to have champions or people who aren’t interested in taking advantage of you, and sometimes you do not. I know my way around an Oscar-winning lady or two, and whenever he would come up in conversation, there was always this ‘ick’ or ‘ugh’ type of reaction. All of the women I spoke to would say that. All of them. I wondered what was up with that.’