The ‘Game Of Thrones’ actress spoke out on Twitter on Tuesday (17 October) night, explaining that she first met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival, where her movie ‘Brothers Grimm’ - a Miramax production - was premiering.
She wrote: “At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture, I just laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked.
“I remember thinking, it’s got to be a joke, I said something like.. ‘Oh come on mate?!?? It’d be like kissing my dad!! Let’s go get a drink, get back to the others.’ I was never in any other Miramax film.”
Recalling a second incident which took place in Los Angeles, the Cersei Lannister actress added: “I had always carried the thought that he’d never try anything with me again, not after I’d laughed and said never in a million years. I believed that he respected my boundary.
“He asked me a few questions about the state of my love life. I shifted the conversation back to something less personal. Then he went to the loo.
“He came back and said, ‘Let’s go up to the room, I want to give you a script.’ We walked to the lift and the energy shifted, my whole body went into high alert, the lift was going up and I said to Harvey, ‘I’m not interested in anything other than work, please don’t think I got in here with you for any other reason, nothing is going to happen.’
“I don’t know what possessed me to speak out at that moment, only that I had such a strong sense of don’t come near me.
“I felt completely powerless. I got into my car and I cried.”
When the New York Times first reported on the allegations, Weinstein released a statement which included the lines: “I realised some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it.”
His spokesperson maintains that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein”.
Over the weekend, the film Academy behind the Oscars - made the unprecedented decision to strip Weinstein of his lifetime membership.
Bafta have done the same, and Weinstein has also been removed from the board of his own company.