Amanda Barrie wades into Harvey Weinstein scandal

Amanda Barrie has branded women 'stupid' for sleeping with disgraced American producer Harvey Weinstein to win a role.

The Coronation Street actress, 82, was discussing the 65-year-old - who has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women - in scenes set to air on Wednesday night's Celebrity Big Brother.

Her comments incensed fellow housemate Malika Haqq, who argued that some women feel backed into a corner by powerful figures and said the abuse isn't always 'obvious'.

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Controversial: Amanda Barrie has branded women 'stupid' for sleeping with the disgraced American producer Harvey Weinstein to win a role

The debate kicked off with newsreader India Willoughby asking Amanda if she has ever been discriminated against in terms of casting.

Barrie replied: 'When it comes to Harvey Weinstein ... I just think somebody should have said, "It's not really worth it darling, I'd rather not get the part!" '

Ex-MP Widdecombe, 70, chipped in: 'I tend to agree, there was a choice.'

India pushed Barrie further, and asked: 'Were you ever in a situation where a director made it obvious you wouldn't get a part unless you succumbed to his charms?'

Backlash: The veteran star's comments incensed fellow housemate Malika Haqq, who argued that some women feel backed into a corner by powerful figures and said the abuse isn't always 'obvious'

Backlash: The veteran star's comments incensed fellow housemate Malika Haqq, who argued that some women feel backed into a corner by powerful figures and said the abuse isn't always 'obvious'

Opinionated: Amanda said: 'When it comes to Harvey Weinstein ... I just think somebody should have said,

Opinionated: Amanda said: 'When it comes to Harvey Weinstein ... I just think somebody should have said, "It's not really worth it darling, I'd rather not get the part!" '

Disgraced: Weinstein, 65, has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women including prolific A-listers like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne (pictured with Gwyneth and Cameron Diaz in the late 90s)

Disgraced: Weinstein, 65, has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women including prolific A-listers like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne (pictured with Gwyneth and Cameron Diaz in the late 90s)

Barrie said: 'It was always being indicated, but that is just - if you're stupid enough to go to bed with somebody because you want the part... I just don't get it.'

Her comments clearly left the housemates taken aback, while journalist Rachel Johnson, Boris Johnson's sister, said: 'Many, many actresses were stupid enough to do that, and ended up big stars.'

Widdecombe shot back: 'But that's down to them, they had a choice.'

Ex On The Beach star and glamour model Jess Impiazzi said she would feel 'terrified' if she was propositioned during an audition, to which Widdecombe said: 'You say no.'

Malika stepped in to point out that sometimes it's not as simple as saying no, giving the example of a producer asking to see a woman at his office, or at his house after an audition.

Curious: India pushed Barrie further, and asked: 'Were you ever in a situation where a director made it obvious you wouldn't get a part unless you succumbed to his charms?'

Curious: India pushed Barrie further, and asked:

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