Vana Barba, a well-known and popular Greek actress, has revealed that her refusal to attend a private dinner with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein cost her a Hollywood career.
In an interview with Star TV, the actress said that she declined the advances of Weinstein during the promotion of the Oscar-winning film Mediterraneo, in the early 90s.
Barba made a name for herself internationally when she played in the 1991 Italian film.
“I was asked by an intermediary to go out for dinner with a producer I had never heard of, at the time. It was more of a demand rather than a polite invitation”, Barba said.
She said she declined the invitation. “I’m glad I had the courage to say no. Certainly it cost me.”
According to Barba, Weinstein asked that she should immediately leave the country and that she should not be able to work in the US again.
The Greek actress said that she later met Weinstein at a Beverly Hills party.
“I remember him as being vulgar. I got the impression from the way he was looking at me that he did not respect me. He came across as being bossy”, she said.
“My refusal to dine with him may have cost me my Hollywood career, but I retained my dignity”, said Barba.
Dozens of women in the film industry have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, sexual assault or rape. Weinstein has denied “any non-consensual sex.”