Minka Kelly, latest Weinstein accuser, apologizes for ‘obliging his orders to be complicit’
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Minka Kelly is among the many young actresses claiming she was inappropriately propositioned by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
She’s also among those who have declined his alleged advances, Kelly said in an Instagram post she shared Friday.
However, the actress, who appeared in the Weinstein Co.-distributed Lee Daniels film “The Butler” in 2013, felt the need to apologize for “obliging his orders to be complicit in protecting his behavior,” making him “feel OK about the gross things he was saying” and not insisting that her reps “never allow anyone to take a meeting in a hotel room” with him or anyone else.
She did not specify when the encounter took place.
Kelly, 37, wrote that when she first met Weinstein at an industry party, her agent told her the next day that the producer wanted to set up a general meeting in his hotel room.
The “Friday Night Lights” alum wasn’t comfortable with that and opted to meet with him and his assistant at a hotel restaurant instead. Weinstein, she said, gave her the usual spiel referenced by several of his accusers about putting her in his movies. He then dismissed the assistant.
“As she walked away, he said, ‘I know you were feeling what I was feeling when we met the other night,’ and then regaled me with offers of a lavish life filled with trips around the world on private planes etc. IF I would be his girlfriend,” Kelly wrote. “Or, ‘We could just keep this professional.’ ”
As not to offend “this very powerful man” and to get out of the situation as quickly as possible, she shut him down gracefully by telling him she was flattered. He agreed to keep their relationship professional and asked her not to tell anyone about the exchange, she said.
“I immediately told my agent what happened. We marveled at his audacity, reinforced my instinct not to offend him & laughed at how glad I was to get out of there. Neither of us were that surprised as this wasn’t far off from the day-to-day… of being an actress.”
Read Kelly’s full Instagram post here.
And read more of the Times’ coverage of the Weinstein scandal here.