'Angie's spoken about that and that's it': Jon Voight breaks silence on Harvey Weinstein saying he didn't know daughter Angelina Jolie was a victim
Jon Voight has spoken publicly for the first time about daughter Angelina Jolie's claim to have been sexually harassed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Asked if he knew about her experience with the Miramax co-founder, the Oscar-winning actor, 78, said: 'No, I did not.'
He was asked about the sex scandal engulfing Hollywood as he passed through Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday.
Pressed for further comment, he simply responded: 'Angie's spoken about that and that's it.'
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Unaware: Jon Voight, 78, said he didn't know daughter Angelina Jolie was a victim of Harvey Weinstein when ?he was asked about the sex scandal engulfing Hollywood on Wednesday
As for the number of predators named and shamed, Voight expressed the opinion that the casting couch is something that has always existed.
'This happens anywhere people have power over other people,' he said. 'They can misuse it and of course it's going to happen.'
'Generally speaking, people are respectful,' he added.
Traveling: The Oscar-winning actor, who was estranged from Jolie for most of her life, made the comments as he made his way through Los Angeles International Airport
In October, Jolie, 42, told the New York Times that Weinstein had acted inappropriately towards her in the late 1990s when he was an executive producer on her film Playing By Heart, released in 1998.
In an email to the NY Times, that published a blistering expose of Weinstein, Jolie said: 'I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did.'
'This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable,' she added.
Jolie has had a complicated relationship with her famous father from whom she has been estranged for most of her life.
Victim: In October, Jolie, 42, told the New York Times that Weinstein had acted inappropriately towards her when he was an executive producer on the 1998 film Playing By Heart
Complicated relationship: Despite a brief reconciliation in 2001 after making Lara Croft Tomb Raider together, (pictured), Voight and Jolie spent years not speaking after he separated from her mother Marcheline Bertrand in 1976 when Jolie was still a baby
Despite a brief reconciliation when they worked together on 2001's Lara Croft Tomb Raider, they spent years not speaking.
Voight separated from Jolie's mother Marcheline Bertrand in 1976 when Jolie was just a baby.
They hardly spoke or interacted for years with Jolie allegedly blaming him for breaking up the family.
In 2002, the actress filed to legally change her last name from Voight to Jolie, the middle name she had used professionally.?
That same year, after she split from her second husband Billy Bob Thornton, Voight told Access Hollywood that his daughter had?‘serious mental problems.’
Following the death of Bertrand from ovarian cancer in 2007, Jolie and Voight began a slow process of reconciliation that culminated when the Midnight Cowboy star was spotted in Venice, Italy, in February 2010 with his daughter, her then partner Brad Pitt and their children.
Voight has continued to be a part of his grandchildren's lives and joined Jolie and the kids for the New York premiere in September of her passion project First They Killed My Father.
Reconciled: The famous father and daughter started to repair their relationship following Bertrand's death in 2007. The pair are pictured together at a Hollywood premiere in December 2011
Hands on mom: Voight has supported his daughter following the break-up of her marriage to Brad Pitt and is involved in his grandchildren's lives. Jolie is pictured with daughters Shiloh and Vivienne and son Knox in Toronto in September
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