17 accusers share their stories of Harvey Weinstein's alleged advances
Numerous women have come forward with explosive allegations of sexual harassment, and in some cases, assault, by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Oscar winners Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mira Sorvino claimed that they were forced to rebuff Weinstein's unwanted advances. Others alleged sexual assault.
A spokesperson for the movie executive told The New Yorker: "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. Mr. Weinstein obviously canât speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual," according to the full statement from Weinstein's spokesp erson. "Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.â
Weinstein was terminated on Sunday by the board of The Weinstein Company in light of the allegations. His attorney Charles Harder claimed last week that the initial New York Times story, which also included allegations that Weinstein had reached confidential settlements with his accusers, was "saturated with false and defamatory statements" and said that he was preparing a lawsuit.
Representatives for Weinstein and The Weinstein Company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Read: Harvey Weinstein: NYPD investigated sex assault complaint against producer in 2015 Related: George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lawrence speak out against Harvey Weinstein
Here is a list of 17 women who spoke out on the record, along with their allegat ions against Weinstein.
Judd told The New York Times that about 20 years ago, she was invited to a Beverly Hills hotel, where Weinstein asked for a massage or to have the young actress watch him shower.
âI said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask," she said in the Times story from last week.
The Oscar winner found herself in a hotel room in 1995 wi th Weinstein, she told The New Yorker.
âHe started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,â she said, adding that she then left the room.
She believes that her rebuttal hurt her career, though she maintained a relationship with Weinstein's brother who she claims she never told about the incident. < /p>
Evans told The New Yorker the assault began in 2004. She was aspiring actress and said Weinstein "forced me to perform oral sex on him.â
âI said, over and over, âI donât want to do this, stop, donât,â â she said. âHeâs a big guy. He overpowered me.â
The Italian actress was invited under the guise of a âparty" in 1997, but only found Weinstein in his hotel room, she told The New Yorker.
He asked for a massage then forced oral sex on her, she said.
âI was not willing,â she said. âI said, âNo, no, no.â
Argento maintained a relationship with Weinstein and had consensual sexual relations with him multiple times over the course of the next five years.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
Gutierrez was a model in 2015 when she said she went to Weinstein's office for a business meeting, she told The New Yorker. She claims he groped her and tried to reach his hand up her skirt. She reported the alleged assault to the New York Police Department.
The next day, she met with Weinstein again wearing a wire in the hope of recording a confession. In the recording, the model asks Weinstein why he had grabbed her breasts the day before. He replies, "Oh, please, Iâm sorry, just come on in. Iâm used to that. Come on. Please," according to audio released by the New Yorker.
As the recording continues, Weinstein tries to convince her to come into his hotel room while he showers despite her protests. After a nearly two-minute encounter, he agrees to let Gutierrez leave.
The Manhattan District Attorneyâs Office decided not to file charges after a two-week investigation and Weinstein was never prosecuted. They later reached a confidential settlement that included an affidavit that behavior he confessed to did not happen.
Arquette said she met Weinstein in his hotel room in the early 1990s.
She claims Weinstein tried to force her to give him a massage, then tried to force her hand on his genitals. Although she did have roles in subsequent films, she claims her refusal hurt her career from that moment on, she told The New Yorker. Arquette also spoke to The New York Times.
She was a front desk assistant for Weinstein, and she told The New Yorker that when she first began working for the pr oducer in 2014, he asked her to coffee.
There, she alleges Weinstein told her, âI could put you in my London office, and you could work there and you could be my girlfriend.â
She told The New Yorker that it's a "clear case of sexual harassment." She told The New Yorker that she did have a conversation with company officials but did not pursue it because she was told Weinstein would be informed of everything she said.
Emma de Caunes
The French actress told The New Yorker that in 2010, she went to his hotel room under the impression that they would discuss a potential movie role. He took shower and came out naked. She claims Weinstein demanded that she get on the bed.
She declined and left.
Barth, an actress, told The New Yorker that she met Weinstein at the Golden Globes in 2011 and she was also invited to his hotel room, where he dangled a film role over her in exchange for a "naked massage."
She refused and left.
Sivan was a local news anchor in New York more than a decade ago when she alleges the duo met at a restaurant, where Weinstein offered to give her a tour, according to an interview with the Huffington Post. Sivan says Weinstein tried to kiss her, but she refused.
She claims Weinstein then proceeded to masturbate in front of her and told her to be quiet about the incident.
The actress credits Weinstein with giving her her star-making role in the film "Emma," and according to her interview with the New York Times, before filming began, Weinstein invited her to join him for massages in his hotel room, which she declined.
Paltrow said their relationship was rocky for some time afterward, as Weinstein was apparently angry that she'd confided in her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt. Paltrow went on to win an Oscar for another Weinstein-produced film, "Shakespeare in Love."
Jolie said in an email to the Times that she rejected unwanted advances from Harvey Weinstein in the '90s and from that point forward, made a point to warn other women against working with him.
The aspiring actress told the Times that she met Weinstein in 1984 and hoped he could help her career. She said she arrived to a meeting to find him nude in a bathtub and claimed he suggested "getting naked in front of him" to help with her audition. She declined.
Kendall claimed in an interview with the Times that after she refused to give Weinstein a massage in the early '90s, he asked her to show him her breasts. She said no.
The French actress told the Times that at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, Weinstein asked her to give him a massage and after she said no, she found the producer "pressing against me and pulling off my sweater." A female Miramax executive told her to keep quiet, she said.
Dunning, a one-time actress, told the Times that Weinstein offered her contracts for his next three films if she would have three-way sex with him. When she declined he allegedly told her, "You'll never make it in this business."
During a Tuesday press conference with her attorney Gloria Allred, Geiss, a former actress and screenwriter, accused Weinstein of offering to green-light her script if she'd watch him masturbate. She left the room, and soon thereafter, the industry.Source: Google News