LILY Allen opens up about fame, family and her lifelong connection to disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in a revealing chat with Andrew Denton airing on Seven‚Äôs Interview tonight.
Speaking to the chat show host via satellite from London, singer Allen, whose newly released fourth album No Shame has scored rave reviews, revealed that she had known Weinstein since she was ‚Äúa baby‚ÄĚ due to her mother Alison Owen‚Äôs job as a film producer.
While Allen said she ‚Äúnever suspected anything about him‚ÄĚ and described him as a ‚Äúbit of an odd character,‚ÄĚ she recounted an incident that occurred between Weinstein and her mother that she apparently only learned about as the avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations against the movie producer surfaced last year.
‚ÄúMy mum‚Äôs worked quite closely with Harvey, she‚Äôs done several films with him, and once they were looking at working with a particular director, Jane Campion. She‚Äôd just done a film with Meg Ryan called In the Cut, and it was the first time Meg had ever done nudity,‚ÄĚ Allen recalled.
Weinstein and Owen sat down to watch the director‚Äôs racy latest offering.
‚ÄúIt was just my mum and Harvey in a screening room, and just when Meg Ryan was getting her clothes off she heard this grunting noise from behind her. It was Harvey pleasuring himself, in a dark room, with my mum sitting in front of him,‚ÄĚ she revealed.
‚ÄúShe kept working with him. I guess that goes to show how powerful he was, that she didn‚Äôt feel like she could say anything.‚ÄĚ
Confusingly, Allen said her mother was in her mid-20s at the time of the incident ‚ÄĒ In the Cut was released in 2003, when Allen‚Äôs mother was 42 years old.
A spokesperson for Weinstein told news.com.au: ‚ÄúMr. Weinstein considers Alison Owen a great producer with whom he has only had a terrific working relationship. To Ms. Allen‚Äôs story, facts must matter when it comes to allegations as serious as these, and when a story contains a blaring falsehood, the entire account must be questioned. Here, it is both untrue and defamatory.
‚ÄúIn fact, Ms. Owen was 42 years old when In the Cut was being made, not in her early twenties as Ms. Allen declared in the very same moment she also conveyed that outrageous fiction about Weinstein.‚ÄĚ
Allen also said she‚Äôd experienced her own ‚ÄėMe Too moments‚Äô during her time in the entertainment industry: ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a spectrum of behaviour and inappropriateness, and I think I‚Äôve experienced pretty much all of it,‚ÄĚ she revealed.
Elsewhere in the interview, Allen speaks candidly about how her daughters ‚ÄĒ Marnie, 5 and Ethel, 6 ‚ÄĒ are coming to grips with the fact they have a famous mum.
‚ÄúI think they‚Äôre just trying to figure out the currency of it. I was in the market at the end of our road the other week and Ethel just suddenly shouted out, ‚ÄėLILY ALLEN!‚Äô Everyone turned around and she was just like, ‚ÄėWhat do I do with this? How can I turn this into sweets?‚Äô‚ÄĚ she laughed.
Interview airs 8:45pm tonight on Seven, with Denton interviewing Allen and domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty.