Kathy Bates on MeToo: ‘In my day, if you went to a guy’s hotel room, you knew why you were going’

Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates has weighed in on the era of #MeToo, saying that “times were different” when she was coming up in the business and a lot of “casting couch” encounters were “consensual”.

The veteran actor said the landscape of the industry looked very different in her early career — years before allegations against Harvey Weinstein sent shockwaves through Hollywood.

The 71-year-old Richard Jewell star told The Guardian she had a “confession” to make “about people like Weinstein and the casting couch and all of that”.

Bates said: “In my day, if you went up to a guy’s hotel room, you knew exactly why you were going and in those days it was consensual.

“Times were different, but I really support the women who are coming forward now and I’m not happy about the men who are being accused falsely – but the ones who deserve all they’re getting, my feeling is hey, go for it.”

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