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Michelle Yeoh said she knew Harvey Weinstein was a bully and not always honorable. (Singapore International Film via The Straits Times/File)
Film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has lost his reputation, his job and his Academy membership in an extraordinary fall from grace within one and a half weeks, should still thank his lucky stars.
It could have been worse: For instance, if he had tried to have one of his hotel room encounters with Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, she would have unleashed "years of martial arts training" on him.
On Oct. 18, Yeoh and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi became the biggest Asian stars to lash out at Weinstein, after The New York Times and The New Yorker detailed multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against him.
He was an executive producer of two of Yeoh's recent projects, the 2014-2016 historical series Marco Polo and the 2016 sequel to the Oscar-winning 2000 movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She is also an ambassador for the American Foundation for Aids Research (amfAR), which he worked with for decades.
In a statement to the Associated Press, she said: "I knew he was a bully and not always honorable. I wasn't exposed to this side of him, otherwise he would have experienced the full effect of years of martial arts training."
Zhang, who starred with Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and broke into Hollywood, told The Associated Press she was glad not to have worked with Weinstein.
He tried to lure her into a film deal, promising to help her win an Academy Award, but she refused because his conditions were unfair, she said.