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Harvey Weinstein Says Angelina Jolie Allegations Are 'Brazenly Untrue And Clickbait Publicity'

Sep. 6 2021, Published 7:05 a.m. ET

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After Angelina Jolie opened up about an alleged attempted assault by Harvey Weinstein, the former movie mogul has responded.

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The Maleficent star told The Guardian that her experience was "beyond a pass, it was something I had to escape" in an interview to promote her new book Know Your Rights And Claim Them.

"It's very clear to me that this is for more sales on Angie's BOOK. THERE WAS NEVER an assault, and NEVER an attempt to assault," the 69-year-old told TMZ via his assistant. "It is brazenly untrue and clickbait publicity. You're Angelina Jolie, every male and female in the world, I'm sure, shows interest in you. Is the whole world assaulting you?"

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Jolie said that she worked with Weinstein on Playing by Heart in 1998. "If you get yourself out of the room, you think he attempted but didn’t, right? The truth is that the attempt and the experience of the attempt is an assault…" she told The Guardian.

She said she was asked to join The Aviator cast in 2004 but declined because Weinstein was involved.

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"I stayed away and warned people about him. I remember telling Jonny [Lee Miller], my first husband, who was great about it, to spread the word to other guys — don’t let girls go alone with him," the actress said.

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Jolie also said that she found it "hard" when ex-husband Brad Pitt continued to work with Weinstein. "We fought about it," she said.

Pitt's Plan B productions is reportedly working on a film about the New York Times report by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey that brought the allegations against Weinstein to light in 2017.

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Pitt and Jolie called it quits in 2016 and are in the midst of a custody battle. The former flames share children Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and 13-year-old twin’s Vivienne and Knox.

Jolie filed for divorce after an incident between the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood star and Maddox took place on a flight from France to Los Angeles in 2016. Pitt was cleared of child abuse allegations by the Los Angeles Country Department of Children and Family Services the same year.

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"It took a lot for me to be in a position where I felt I had to separate from the father of my children," the Girl, Interrupted actress said in the new interview. "I want us to heal and be peaceful. We'll always be a family."

Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years behind bars for rape and sexual assault.

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