By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

“He was gruff and jocular and he made jokes about ‘looking hot in that skirt,’ but it wasn’t threatening and it wasn’t demeaning,” Zellweger says. “I knew that he was, in this really awkward, uncomfortable way, trying to give me a compliment. It never went further than that. It’s a very big conversation because he was my professional collaborator, and around really important things in my life. And he was kind to me. He was so generous with me. And it felt authentic to me. It didn’t feel like this was — what’s the word, when you’re conditionally kind because you want something? ‘Transactional.’ It didn’t feel like that. It’s an important conversation, and it makes me very sad — personally sad. I’m sad for his family. I’m sad for the women that were hurt. I’m sad for him. And I wish him healing so that he can somehow try to make reparations for the damage that he has done.”

“He was gruff and jocular and he made jokes about ‘looking hot in that skirt,’ but it wasn’t threatening and it wasn’t demeaning,” Zellweger says. “I knew that he was, in this really awkward, uncomfortable way, trying to give me a compliment. It never went further than that. It’s a very big conversation because he was my professional collaborator, and around really important things in my life. And he was kind to me. He was so generous with me. And it felt authentic to me. It didn’t feel like this was — what’s the word, when you’re conditionally kind because you want something? ‘Transactional.’ It didn’t feel like that. It’s an important conversation, and it makes me very sad — personally sad. I’m sad for his family. I’m sad for the women that were hurt. I’m sad for him. And I wish him healing so that he can somehow try to make reparations for the damage that he has done.”

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