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George Clooney responds to claim he helped ‘blacklist’ ER costar after her complaints of sexual harassment

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It seems like stories of Hollywood’s rampant sexual harassment and abuse just continue to come to light.

George Clooney has come out in his own defense, denying accusations by a former “ER” co-star who accused him of blacklisting her after she reported being harassed on the set of the show.

Vanessa Marquez pointed a finger at Clooney after the actor spoke out about the sex abuse scandal involving Hollywood executive and big time Democrat donor, Harvey Weinstein.

Marquez, who played a nurse for three seasons of the NBC medical drama, called “B.S.” on Clooney after he condemned Weinstein’s actions but said he had been unaware of the Hollywood mogul’s behavior. The 48 year-old actress accused Clooney, who played Dr. Doug Ross on the show, of helping to “blacklist” her from Hollywood when she complained about being sexually and racially harassed on the set of the television series “EVERY day.”

The actress, who has been in a only a few short films and TV movies since playing as Nurse Wendy Goldman in the 1990’s hit series, said she was harassed about her Mexican heritage by fellow cast members Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, and Julianna Margulies. She also accused actor Eriq La Salle and an “ER” crew member of being “p—sy grabbers.”

Marquez tweeted that she had reported the abuse and even complained to executive producer John Wells.

Just hours after her tweets, Clooney responded, denying that he had anything to do with the allegations.

“I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted. I take her at her word,” the 56 year-old actor said in a statement, according to The New York Post’s Page Six.

“I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor,” he said.  “If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to. The fact that I couldn’t affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn’t.”

Marquez had told one shocked Twitter user that “everyone should know the truth” about the actor and said Clooney is “not who he pretends” to be.

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Frieda Powers


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