This week, a 2018 clip of the Grey’s Anatomy star discussing the now-convicted rapist, amid a longer conversation about sexual harassment in Hollywood, was resurfaced. In the Oxford Union Q&A panel, Pompeo talked about how women “bear some responsibility” amid #MeToo because it “takes two to tango for sure” before adding “and that’s not to blame the victims.”
what the fvck is wrong with ellen pompeo😭 this is absolutely DISGUSTING pic.twitter.com/rrjoKTSwjR— 𝐤𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐲 the BDAY GIRL! (@adoresbell) April 22, 2020
Pompeo was sharing her experience about having a 2-plus hour meeting with Weinstein, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison earlier this year for first-degree sexual assault and third-degree rape. She said she “wouldn’t have gone into that room at night,” as some of his nearly 100 accusers did. She also said she would have fought him off if he tried to attack her — despite accusers detailing the difficulty of doing so as he weighed 300 pounds.
"He did nothing inappropriate toward me, Pompeo said. “Now had he, I would have picked up that glass and smashed him across the side of the face with it.”
In the clip, she went on to say, "It's all what we're willing to tolerate and our self-esteem. And what are we going to put up with and what are we going to compromise to be liked, to be loved, to be accepted. How bad do you want to be in show business?”
See the entire interview here with the full question and answer at 15:21:
This clip was brought to Pompeo’s attention on Twitter and she responded Thursday. She said it was “out of context” and that Twitter wasn’t the right platform to talk about the serious topic, saying victims should seek help from a therapist.
Hey girls sorry if video clips are upsetting!! Its out of context & it’s too serious a subject to talk about on a platform like this...people who have been abused or assaulted should seek guidance from a therapist... this is not a healthy place for topics this serious. https://t.co/SLsgtKuIoN— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) April 23, 2020
Pompeo went on to address people “who felt offended,” saying the panel was two years ago and “way before the whole stories of the women came out.” But that timeline is off. Her interview was in May 2018 while Weinstein accusers first started speaking publicly, first to the New York Times and New Yorker, in October 2017.
For those who feel offended or are taking this personally this panel was 2 + years ago and it was way before the whole stories of the women came out I Certainly didn’t know he was a rapist at that point ... that took shit to a whole different level. https://t.co/gvvfPIw25f— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) April 23, 2020
Pompeo clarified that she was talking about sexual harassment in Hollywood, not assault.
And... I’m talking about harassment... not assault. Two different things. I was speaking about MY experience of being harassed in Hollywood and my outlook on it— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) April 23, 2020
for years before times up women had to put up with harassment and still do on a regular basis ...it was just part of the job as it is in a lot or all professions ...we couldn’t complain like we can now. If we complained we would be out and the man would stay.— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) April 23, 2020
&MY way of coping w/ whatever situations I’ve been in is not a comment on how other women handle things... again Thank God we can speak up now but once again assault and harassment are different both bad but different. Not sure of harassment is seen by law enforcement as a crime— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) April 23, 2020
Pompeo popped back online shortly after and said that she realized she was incorrect and that accusers had already come forward about Weinstein prior to her interview. However, she said didn’t follow the story — about the 100 accusers detailing decades of abuse — until Weinstein’s trial began.
Okay so I was just told The Times story was out before this but I didn’t read it ... I only was really following the story on the news once the trial began— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) April 23, 2020
Weinstein’s trial began this year and he is now serving 23 years in prison.
For the latest coronavirus news and updates, follow along at https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus. According to experts, people over 60 and those who are immunocompromised continue to be the most at risk. If you have questions, please reference the CDC’s and WHO’s resource guides.
Read more from Yahoo Entertainment: