'Mob rule' has taken over #MeToo, says Hollywood director

Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam British director believes that the #MeToo movement that has been the Hollywood buzz has gradually become a "mob rule".

He adds, "Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey - that's the price you pay".

"Some people paid the price, other people suffered from it", he stated. While making series of anti #MeToo comments, he even called producer Harvey Weinstein "a monster" and said he was only exposed because he is "such an a-hole".

The former Monty Python's Flying Circus member suggested the anti-sexual harassment campaign had led to a "world of victims" in an interview with Agence France-Presse. He said that he thought that some people did very well out of the meeting with Harvey and others could not.

'The ones who did knew what they were doing. "These are adults; we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition", Gilliam told AFP.

As stories regarding Weinstein came out last September, a clear pattern emerged of aspiring and working actresses who were asked to take business meetings in his suites.

Argento, who publicly revealed she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Weinstein, tweeted on Saturday that she was "angered" and "disgusted" after reading that Gilliam, 77, said in an interview that the movement is "silly" and "simplistic", Variety reported.

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with any of his accusers. The New York Police Department is reportedly closing in on him.

'The mob is out there, they are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein's castle, ' he said.

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And then there's Damon, who was criticized for his tone-deaf comments about the "spectrum" of sexual behavior - and subsequently apologized, admitting that "I really wish I'd listened a lot more before I weighed in on this" - which in Gilliam's mind, is the equivalent of a brutal murder.

'I feel sorry for someone like Matt Damon, ' he said.

"He came out and said all men are not rapists, and he got beaten to death", Gilliam said. Come on, this is crazy!'

But Gilliam said the truth was that abuse of power has "always happened".

Read Barkin's latest tweets below. We are outraged because we have been gaslighted. Now I am told even by my wife to keep my head a bit low.

While Gilliam has no sympathy for Harvey, he believes that other men in the film industry have been unjustly dragged into the movement.

USA director Terry Gilliam poses for photographers at the Evening Standard British Film Awards in London, Britain February 7, 2016.

He acknowledged that there has been always an exploitation of power in the industry. He further added that people need to take up their own responsibilities.

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