Brian Thomas reports that Vanessa Marquez, best known for her roll on “ER,” says she was “racially and sexually harassed on set daily,” and that Hollywood superstar George Clooney helped blacklist her when she complained to producer John Wells.
Marquez recently posted a series of tweets which assert that harassment happened on set every day during the first three seasons of the hit medical drama.
Marquez said that actor and director Eriq La Salle sexually assaulted her, and accused other “ER” cast members of racial harassment.
Marquez’s tweets come at a time when several women have spoken out against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault and even rape.
Page Six reports:
She accused actor Eriq La Salle and a crew member of being “p—sy grabbers” and said racial abuse about her Mexican heritage came from “Anthony,Noah,Julianna,” referring to cast members Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, and Julianna Margulies.
Marquez said she complained to executive producer John Wells.
“Wells was the boss&I 1st reported it to 1st question:Did George do something to u,”she tweeted […]
Her accusations came after Clooney denounced producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault, describing his alleged actions as “indefensible” but saying he had no idea what the movie mogul was up to behind closed doors.
George Clooney recently denounced Weinstein, saying his actions were “indefensible.”
But Marquez’s portrayal of Clooney tells a different story. She says that Clooney took action against her because she tried to complain about sexual assault on the set of “ER.”
Clooney might be speaking out now, but if Marquez’s statements are true, they mean that his reputation is more important to him than actually doing something to stop sexual assault.
For what it’s worth, Clooney denies her allegations, claiming he had no knowledge of her blacklisting, no power to blacklist her even if he wanted to, and that “If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to.”
The Daily Beast reports:
Academy Award winner George Clooney, who was given his first major big-screen role by Harvey Weinstein, has become the latest—and most high-profile—member of Hollywood to speak out on the alleged sexual-misconduct allegations against his sometime employer.
“It’s indefensible. That’s the only word you can start with,” he says. “Harvey’s admitted to it, and it’s indefensible. I’ve known Harvey for 20 years. He gave me my first big break as an actor in films on From Dusk Till Dawn, he gave me my first big break as a director with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. We’ve had dinners, we’ve been on location together, we’ve had arguments. But I can tell you that I’ve never seen any of this behavior—ever.”
How many Hollywood elites who condemn Weinstein are doing so merely to protect their celebrity status? Ben Affleck has also recently been accused of sexual assault, but Affleck, like Clooney, condemned Weinstein’s actions, saying he was “saddened and angry” to hear about Weinstein’s scandal.
New York Post’s Maureen Callahan wrote that Hollywood is teeming with enablers:
Let’s not forget that earlier this year, when Casey Affleck was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, his big brother, Ben, joined Damon in campaigning hard — and their superstar aura helped scrub away the sexual harassment claims brought against Casey by two female crew members in 2010, both settled out of court.
Casey won for “Manchester by the Sea,” which was released by Amazon; Damon produced. Brie Larson, who presented the award to Casey, refused to touch him, and on Thursday, McGowan — who’d curiously been suspended from Twitter for 12 hours — tweeted that she’d begged Amazon’s studio head not to work with Weinstein and that she’d confided Weinstein raped her. “I was ignored,” she wrote, tweeting Amazon’s Jeff Bezos directly. “Amazon won a dirty Oscar.”
In the Oscars runup, Casey Affleck vaguely alluded to the accusations. “People say whatever they want,” he told Variety. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you respond.” Sadly for the Afflecks and their ilk: No longer.
As more actresses come forward against Hollywood predators, it’s clear that many top names in the industry are guilty, even as they speak out for women’s issues and condemn other men of their ilk.