The French actress reiterated she was never a victim of the embattled mogul and that she wants to “let justice do what it has to do.”
French actress Juliette Binoche on Thursday defended Harvey Weinstein’s track record as a Hollywood producer, while recognizing he had been a sexual predator.
“As a producer, he was wonderful, most of the time. I think he was a great producer,” the Oscar winner, who is president of the Berlin Film Festival jury, said during the jury press conference. “We shouldn’t forget [that], even though it has been difficult for some directors and actors, and especially actresses.”
Added Binoche: “I want to see peace to his mind and let justice do what it has to do.”
After Weinstein was accused of assaulting dozens of women, the #MeToo revolution swept over Hollywood and elsewhere. Binoche on Thursday reiterated earlier statements that she had never been a victim of the Hollywood producer. “I never had any problems with him. I could see he had problems,” she said.
The festival opening press conference saw the world of the personal and political blur as jury members talked about Time’s Up, Netflix and their upcoming film screenings and deliberations. Binoche said she expected politics and social issues to loom large when she and her jury members judge this year’s festival selection.
“The world is quite egotistical at the moment. A lot of rich countries are closing their borders, and also the climate changing, there’s a lot of questions happening and a lot of urgency,” Binoche told the media representatives. “I don’t know what the discussions will be, but (the political issues) are very much in our minds. I’m amazed to see governments not working as seriously as they should.”