Although the Oscar-winning actress never had a bad experience with him, Sandra says she always feared the entertainment executive.
“I heard about Harvey and I was afraid of him. I wasn’t asked to be in that world. I learned early on to shut things off so those things didn’t come my way,” Sandra explained to The Sunday Times.
She continued, “I only heard what Harvey wanted people to hear, and that made me so f**king angry. People would say, ‘Well, you know how she got that role? She f**ked Harvey.’ I would say, ‘Shut the f**k up. You don’t know that.’ Then, later, to find out that woman was brutally attacked…They didn’t sleep with Harvey. Harvey wanted you to think that.”
Sandra said that she was also “really, really scared” about the consequences the “brave people” might suffer after coming forward.
She added that early in her career she did face unwanted advances from a film executive but used humor to turn him down.
“That’s how I’ve always navigated tricky situations. That’s how I’ve survived. Because very early on in my career I had a situation on a film, which was hard. It came from a person of authority. I kept deflecting it with humor and it didn’t work. Finally, I said, ‘Please just fire me.’ It was a lesson. After that, I tended to remove anything that could be misconstrued as sexual. I locked it down,” Sandra explained.