Actress Julianna Margulies shared her own 'Gross' story about her frightening experiences with Steven Seagal and Harvey Weinstein to the barrage of allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct in the entertainment world.
During an interview with SiriusXM’s on Friday, the 51-year-old Good Wife actress talked about two troubling encounters with Harvey and Steven earlier in her career.
During the interview, Julianna revealed that when she was 23, a female casting director sent her to Steven’s apartment at 10 p.m. to read a scene. She pushed past the actress’s objections, offering to reimburse the cab fare and promising that the casting director would be present as well.
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But when Julianne arrived later that night, she found herself alone with the Steven, she said. Julianna said of the woman who arranged the audition;
She set me up,
She recalled that the encounter with Steven quickly turned threatening. Julianna said;
He made sure that I saw his gun, which I’d never seen a gun in real life. I got out of there unscathed. ... I don’t know how I got out of that hotel room. ... I sort of squirmed my way out.
She further explained that Steven tried to turn the supposed audition into a sexual encounter with a tactic also allegedly practiced by Harvey. She said;
It always starts with ‘I’m a healer, I wanna massage you.
Several years after the incident, in 1996, Julianna was invited to meet with Harvey. She said another woman brought her to the hotel by promising that if she met with him she would be given a screen test for a possibly award-winning role in a movie.
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After her disturbing encounter with Harvey, however, Julianna was wary.
Julianna, who was on the hit show ER at the time, said;
“I said, ‘I’m not going up there alone’ ? because of the Seagal experience and because I had a career,”
After Julianna insisted she would go home if the other woman didn’t join her, both of them went to Harvey's hotel room together.