Taraji P. Henson Says Harvey Weinstein Denied Her A Major Role Because She Was Black

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A declare that Taraji P. Henson made in her 2016 memoir has come again to the sunshine, and it is biting former Hollywood producer Harney Weinstein within the bottom. In her memoir, Around The Way Girl, Henson wrote that she as soon as misplaced out on an enormous performing position as a result of a sure, unnamed somebody wished to provide it to a white actress as a substitute. According to Henson, a prime govt learn the script and stated that he could not see a black lady taking part in the position. The half in query was that of an out-of-control, stripper mother within the movie St. Vincent. Henson claims that writer-director Theodore Melfi penned that half particularly with Henson in thoughts, nevertheless, others within the trade did not need her and as a substitute went with actress Naomi Watts.

“Time and once more, I’ve misplaced roles as a result of somebody with the flexibility to green-light a movie couldn’t see black ladies past a really restricted purview she or he thought ‘match’ viewers expectations,” Henson wrote in her memoir. “It was a meaty gig. I might have liked it.”

In a latest interview with The Guardian, Henson spills that the mysterious govt who gave away her position was none apart from Harvey Weinstein, and when requested if she believed he made his determination as a result of she was black, she stated sure. “Basically, I don’t suppose he noticed my box-office attraction. What I heard—I didn’t sit down with the person—is that he wished somebody who was identified internationally, so that they received Naomi Watts.”

When requested about Weinstein’s ongoing sexual misconduct scandal that led to dozens of ladies within the trade stepping ahead and accusing him of assorted types of assault, Henson was coy. “Well, you recognize, I simply sit right here and I sip my tea,” she stated as she actually sipped tea. “I by no means wished something dangerous on the person. I used to be simply, like, ‘O.Ok., he’ll see. That’s one other one that’ll should eat crow. How would you want yours? Fried? Toasted?’”

Melfi would later go on to work with Henson on the blockbuster movie Hidden Figures, so apparent Weinstein could not cease her shine. Vanity Fair contacted Weinstein to get a response to the allegations, and his consultant informed them, “Once once more, just because somebody says one thing doesn’t make it true, and the continual drumbeat of any Hollywood star who believes that she or he can acquire better reverence by invoking Weinstein’s identify is simply getting tiresome.”

They continued, “The reality right here is that Ms. Henson is a terrific actor and that’s the reason she starred in 5 movies related to Weinstein. To make this about something apart from that’s shameful. When Maya Angelou couldn’t discover anybody to again her movie Down within the Delta, Weinstein backed it and produced it. From actors like Idris Elba, Forest Whitaker, Denzel Washington, and Taraji Henson, and movies comparable to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and The Great Debaters, to call just a few, Harvey Weinstein has a protracted report of discovering the most effective expertise for a number of the most revered movie tasks.”