Ellen Barkin responds to Terry Gilliam’s controversial #MeToo remarks: 'Never get into an elevator alone with him'

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Ellen Barkin has hit out at Terry Gilliam after his controversial remarks about the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement.

The Animal Kingdom star posted a cryptic message to Twitter which read: “My hard-won advice: never get into an elevator alone with [Terry Gilliam].”

While Barkin - who starred in the directors 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - didn't elaborate, it's incited discussion on social media.

She branded Gilliam “the last man to admonish a movement that is trying to protect women from abusive men” just days after the Monty Python star stated his belief that the #MeToo movement had transformed into “mob rule.” His words sent shockwaves through Hollywood with figures including Sarah Silverman and Judd Apatow criticising the filmmaker.

This is not the first time Barkin has openly criticised Gilliam. Following his earlier comments about #MeToo in a New York Times article, she said: “Why couldn’t you keep your mouth shut and stay gone?”.

Gilliam waded in on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, stating: “I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn’t. The ones who did knew what they were doing.“ He also defended Matt Damon whom he believes fell victim to the aforementioned ”mob rule“.

“I feel sorry for [him]," he said. "He came out and said all men are not rapists, and he got beaten to death. The mob is out there, they are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein’s castle."

We have contacted Gilliam's representatives for comment.

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