November 16, 2017 11:16 AM


Julia Roberts is heartbroken about the stories she’s heard from victims of sexual harassment in Hollywood.

The actress sat down with TODAY show host Matt Lauer to talk about her inspiring new movie Wonder — and revealed she was “spared” from sexual harassment in her long Hollywood career.

“You know, it’s all so ugly in so many ways,” Roberts, 50, said Thursday. “I’ve never had this experience. I mean, I almost feel bad saying that because I don’t know why I was spared. You hear some of these heart-wrenching, awful stories — and I have a daughter — it is heartbreaking. But it’s not been part of my experience.”

Roberts previously released a statement to PEOPLE in support of victims after decades of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein were released in New York Times and New Yorker articles.

Julia Roberts and Harvey Weinstein
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“A corrupt, powerful man wields his influence to abuse and manipulate women,” she said. “We’ve heard this infuriating, heartbreaking story countless times before. And now here we go again. I stand firm in the hope that we will finally come together as a society to stand up against this kind of predatory behavior, to help victims find their voices and their healing, and to stop it once and for all.”

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A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”

Wonder, also starring Jacob Tremblay and Owen Wilson, hits theaters Friday.

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