Sia reveals she had to step in after Harvey Weinstein allegedly invited Maddie Ziegler on a flight.
In an interview with the “Zach Sang Show” on Wednesday, the “Cheap Thrills” singer spoke about her close relationship with the “Dance Moms” alum, 17, who has famously danced alongside the vocalist.
At the age of 11, Ziegler gained widespread recognition when she appeared in Sia’s 2014 music video for “Chandelier.”
“I mean, as soon as I met Maddie I felt this extreme desire to protect her, and I think that it was part of my own healing, and I felt this extreme compulsion to protect her,” Sia said. “The irony is that I didn’t want to be famous and I threw this child into the spotlight. She would say to me, ‘Don’t be silly, I was already famous and I wanted to be famous.’ And I would say, ‘And you know, it can stop at any time, right? If you want it to stop, I can make it stop. You can just go back to being a normal person again.’ But she just said, ‘No, I love performing. I love dancing, and I love acting so much.’”
The artist — who famously conceals her face with a wig — then discussed the allegation that Weinstein once invited Ziegler to fly with him.
“So I thought, how’s a good way I can keep her safe is just keep making projects for her, and therefore most of the time we’re working together — and you know I kept her off a plane that Harvey Weinstein tried to get her on,” she alleged.
To prevent this alleged meetup, Sia called Ziegler’s mom Melissa and urged her to decline.
“I know there’s times where my insight has really made a difference, like, kept her safe… Yeah, that was really disgusting… When he invited her, that’s when I called, I told [her mom] Melissa, I had to. I just said, ‘Please don’t, do not do that, do not do that, do not do that.’”
Sia also says she has advised Ziegler to turn down film roles she feels are detrimental for the teenager’s career.
“Even recently, she was offered a part in a film and I felt that the film wasn’t good enough for her, and so I called Melissa, and was like, ‘Please don’t do this, like, this isn’t good for her career. It’s not good for her long-term credibility. This is not a good co-star to be in a movie with. So I just try and help guide,” she added. “I can be a pain in the butt. I think her manager thinks I’m a real pain in the butt, I’m sure.”
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence after a jury convicted him in February of third-degree rape against former aspiring actress Jessica Mann, and one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree against former “Project Runway” production assistant Mimi Haley.
The disgraced producer has maintained that all of his sexual encounters have been consensual.