Harvey Weinstein sex scandal: Detailing the allegations

Harvey Weinstein sex scandal: Detailing the allegations

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Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct toward women spanning decades. Newly detailed allegations include rape, harassment and assault.

Actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the women who have spoken publicly about alleged incidents involving Weinstein.

Here’s what he has been accused of, based on recent reports.

Thursday, October 5

An Oct. 5 expose from The New York Times reported on Weinstein’s alleged misconduct — and said that the Hollywood titan has made eight settlements with women. 

“Scream” actress Rose McGowan was paid a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein in 1997 following a hotel room incident, the Times reported. The settlement wasn’t an admission of guilt, the paper described a legal document as saying.

The Times report also detailed how Weinstein, while in a bathrobe in his hotel room, had asked if he could give actress Ashley Judd a massage or if the star could watch him take a shower.

“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Judd told the newspaper she recalled thinking.

Former employees told the Times that an unnamed Miramax employee left the company not long after an alleged incident involving the producer. The employees said that the woman got a settlement. 

In 1998, Zelda Perkins, a former production assistant with Miramax, confronted Weinstein, and told him to stop his “inappropriate requests or comments in hotel rooms,” The New York Times reported.

Perkins, now working as a theater producer in London, was reportedly concerned for other women working in the office, and threatened Weinstein’s behavior with legal action, according to former coworkers.

FILE - In this March 18, 2014, file photo, Ashley Judd arrives at the world premiere of "Divergent" at the Westwood Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles. Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Co., effective immediately, following new information revealed regarding his conduct, the company's board of directors announced Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. The New York Times article chronicled allegations against Weinstein from film star Ashley Judd and former employees at both The Weinstein Co. and Weinstein's former company, Miramax. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Actress Ashley Judd is one of the multiple women who came forward and detailed the alleged sexual harassment she experienced from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

 (AP Photo/Jordan Strauss)

The Times reported that Miramax negotiated a settlement with Perkins and her lawyer, and Perkins declined to discuss what happened with the newspaper.

Emily Nestor, a temporary employee of Weinstein’s, said he’d made sexual advances to her as well, promising he’d help with her career, according to the report.

Additionally, the Times reported an incident with Weinstein and an unnamed assistant, who he reportedly tried to convince to give him a massage while he stood naked in front of her at a hotel, which left her “crying and very distraught,” according to a memo by Lauren O’Connor.

In O’Connor’s 2015 memo, in which she penned several accounts of women in the company and the atmosphere Weinstein’s advances created, she recalled how Weinstein would ask her to meet with aspiring actresses after they’d have meetings with him in his hotel room.

She wrote how she felt that she was being used to build relationships with “vulnerable women who hope he will get them work.” O’Connor reportedly settled with Weinstein. 

Laura Madden detailed to the Times how Weinstein had asked her more than once for massages at hotels and how he would constantly make her re-evaluate herself after rejecting him.

“It was so manipulative,” Madden said. “You constantly question yourself – am I the one who is the problem?”

Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, an Italian model and actress, met with Weinstein at his office in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in 2015, the Times reported. But Gutierrez reportedly called the police hours later saying Weinstein had grabbed her breasts, while asking if they were real, and put his hand up her skirt. 

Charges were ultimately not filed against Weinstein, and he and Gutierrez reportedly agreed to a settlement, according to anonymous sources who spoke with the Times.

Overall, eight women detailed their alleged inappropriate interactions with Weinstein to The New York Times. The report alleges that various employees were asked to perform “turndown duty” for Weinstein, which included getting him ready for bed at night and also waking him up in the morning.

“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” Weinstein told the Times in a statement. “Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”

Rebecca Traister, a reporter for The Cut, alleged in an essay about how she encountered Weinstein while covering one of his book parties in early 2000. She claimed he screamed at her for a question she asked, calling her an obscene name.

When her boyfriend and colleague intervened and tried to get Weinstein to apologize to her, she said “Weinstein went nuclear.” He reportedly pushed her boyfriend down a set of stairs and dragged him out to the street in a headlock.

Traister said the altercation was later described as “a case of an aggressive reporter barging into a party she wasn’t invited to and asking impertinent questions.”

Friday, October 6

Fox 11’s Lauren Sivan on Friday detailed an alleged 2007 encounter with Weinstein in a HuffPost report. Sivan said that while working for local station News 12 Long Island, Weinstein cornered her in the hallway of a Manhattan restaurant closed to the public and masturbated in front of her.

Sivan said she had rejected an attempt by Weinstein to kiss her and told him she had a boyfriend. “Well, can you just stand there and shut up,” she claims he responded prior to allegedly masturbating. 

“Luckily I didn’t need a job or favor from him + didn’t have to be polite,” Sivan tweeted Friday. “Others did. Keep that in mind.”

In another tweet, she said, “For those asking why I waited? YOU try telling that story 10yrs ago. Only possible now because of women with bigger names far braver than me.”

She later spoke about the alleged incident on Megyn Kelly’s NBC show Monday.

In a tweet which has since been deleted, “Shaun of the Dead” actress Jessica Hynes recounted an alleged incident involving Weinstein, People reported.

“I was offered a film role at 19,” the 44-year-old reportedly wrote on Twitter. “Harvey Weinstien came on board and wanted me to screen test in a bikini. I refused & lost the job.”

Saturday, October 7

Former model Zoe Brock wrote in a blog post for Medium that in 1997, when she was 23, she was “Harveyed.” Brock said she “had no intention of leading” Weinstein on, and “felt safe in his company to be” herself.

Weinstein allegedly tricked her into going to his hotel room, where she found herself with no phone and no cash. He appeared naked and asked her for a massage, she said, adding that she felt “uncomfortable.”

Brock eventually, according to her blog post, got Weinstein to let her leave. 

Sunday, October 8

The Wrap Editor in Chief Sharon Waxman arrives at The Wrap Pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles, California February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - GM1E82N140W01

The Wrap founder Sharon Waxman said she was working on a story about allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein but the article was eventually “gutted” after “intense pressure” from the movie mogul.

 (Reuters/Gus Ruelas)

The Wrap founder Sharon Waxman claimed in an article that while working for The New York Times in 2004, she “got the green light to look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein.”

Waxman said she was able to find the man in charge of Miramax Italy. Citing “multiple accounts,” she alleged that “his real job was to take care of Weinstein’s women needs, among other things.”

Waxman claimed she was able to find “a woman in London who had been paid off after an unwanted sexual encounter with Weinstein,” she recalled in her piece.

However, Waxman alleged that there had been “intense pressure from Weinstein,” with the article “gutted.”

“The story was stripped of any reference to sexual favors or coercion and buried on the inside of the Culture section, an obscure story about Miramax firing an Italian executive,” she wrote.

“Our former colleague Sharon Waxman wrote about a story that was published in The Times in 2004,” a Times spokesperson told Fox News. “No one currently at The Times has knowledge of editorial decisions made on that story. But in general the only reason a story or specific information would be held is if it did not meet our standards for publication.”

British writer Liza Campbell alleged in an essay published in The Sunday Times of London that Weinstein suggested she take a bath with him at a hotel. Weinstein had earlier “offered me freelance script-reading for Miramax,” she wrote. 

“Soon I was sent the script of Shakespeare in Love to summarise and critique, followed by The Usual Suspects,” she wrote. “And then the scripts stopped coming. I rang the Miramax offices, but nothing happened.” 

She says that in a phone call with Weinstein, she told the producer that “everything had stuttered to a halt. He said: “You better come to my hotel and we’ll sort this out.””

When she met him at his suite, there were initially several assistants present, but “suddenly all the assistants vanished,” Campbell claimed. She said they talked for several minutes before Weinstein left the room, and that she thought he’d gone to the restroom. 

“I could hear him moving around and suddenly the sound of bath taps running. ‘What do you say we both jump in the bath?’ he hollered,” she wrote. 

Weinstein also allegedly told her, “Come on, it’ll be fun. We can drink champagne. You can soap me — whaddaya say?”

Campbell claimed to tell the producer loudly, “If you come back into this room with no clothes on I’m going to f****** lose my temper.”

She says she got out using one door, after she found that two others were locked.

A Weinstein representative told the newspaper that the producer “will not respond to allegations about private matters in a public forum.”

Monday, October 9 

Louise Godbold alleged in an essay published online Monday that “in the early ‘90s, I too was one of the young women he preyed upon.” Goldbold is an executive director for a Los Angeles nonprofit, Variety reports. 

“The details of what I have learned was not unique to me are out there now – the office tour that became an occasion to trap me in an empty meeting room, the begging for a massage, his hands on my shoulders as I attempted to beat a retreat… all while not wanting to alienate the most powerful man in Hollywood,” she wrote. 

Goldberg recalled “the girlfriend who had introduced me to Harvey and was angry with me after he called her wanting to make sure I wasn’t going to make a complaint about his behavior.” 

Tuesday, October 10 

Ronan Farrow published a piece in The New Yorker which reported that 13 women alleged they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Weinstein. 

Former aspiring actress Lucia Evans went on the record to allege Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a meeting.

“I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough,” she told the New Yorker. “I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.” 

Actress-director Asia Argento, the daughter of famed horror filmmaker Dario Argento, claimed that when she was 21 in 1997, she was invited to what she believed was a Miramax party, but ended up in a hotel room with just Weinstein in it, the report said.

Weinstein left the room, but came back in a bathrobe and asked her for a massage, the report claimed. She “reluctantly” said she would before Weinstein went on to forcibly perform oral sex, the report alleged.

Argento claimed that Weinstein would contact her after the alleged assault, and that she would later have consensual relations with the movie mogul. 

“I felt I had to,” Argento explained to The New Yorker regarding the initial such time. “Because I had the movie coming out and I didn’t want to anger him.”

An unnamed woman claimed to The New Yorker that Weinstein brought her to a hotel room before he changed into a bathrobe and “forced himself” on her. She reportedly thought about going to authorities, but decided not to.

She later maintained professional relations with the producer, the report said. “I was in a vulnerable position and I needed my job,” she explained. 

Actress Mira Sorvino described an alleged 1995 hotel room incident with Weinstein to the publication. 

“He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” Sorvino said. She reportedly left after saying it went against her faith to date married men. 

In another, later incident, Weinstein called her late at night requesting a meeting, and Sorvino suggested a diner, but Weinstein said he’d go to her apartment, The New Yorker reported. It detailed how Sorvino asked a friend to pretend to be her boyfriend and come over, but the friend wasn’t there when Weinstein showed up.

Weinstein left after the actress said her boyfriend was coming, the report said. 

An unnamed actress locked herself in a bathroom at a hotel so as to avoid the producer, she told The New Yorker. The actress also reportedly alleged that Weinstein masturbated in front of her. 

The article also cited a 2015 audio recording made by the New York Police department wherein Weinstein admits to groping Battilana Gutierrez, mentioned earlier in the Times piece.

The New Yorker article also described a meeting at a Beverly Hills hotel between Weinstein and Weinstein Company temp Emily Nestor, who was also mentioned in the Times report. Nestor, it said, refused his offer to be placed in his London office and be his girlfriend, and she also refused to hold his hand. 

Weinstein, she alleged, told her, “Oh, the girls always say ‘no.’ You know, ‘No, no.’ And then they have a beer or two and then they’re throwing themselves at me.”

The producer, she claimed, also allegedly said “that he’d never had to do anything like Bill Cosby.”

“Nestor had a conversation with company officials about the matter but didn’t pursue it further: the officials said that Weinstein would be informed of anything she told them, a practice not uncommon in smaller businesses,” Farrow wrote. 

The report also described how French actress Emma de Caunes had a lunch meeting with Weinstein at a Paris hotel, and that he mentioned he had a movie adaptation of a book in the works.

Weinstein, according to the report, allegedly asked her to go with him to his room to get the book, and de Caunes answered her phone while Weinstein went into the bathroom. de Caunes recalled Weinstein later allegedly emerging from the bathroom nude with an erection. 

The producer, she claims, told her to lay down on the bed. de Caunes ultimately fled the room. 

Actress Rosanna Arquette and the producer were to have a dinner meeting during which she’d get a script at a hotel in Beverly Hills, and Arquette was told to go to his room, the New Yorker report said. Weinstein allegedly was wearing a bathrobe when he opened the door and claimed to need a massage. 

Arquette, according to the report, said that she could give him a masseuse recommendation. During the encounter, she alleges that Weinstein tried to lead her hand to his erect penis. She turned him down. 

Both Arquette and Sorvino allege that refusing Weinstein impacted their careers. 

“There may have been other factors, but I definitely felt iced out and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it,” Sorvino told The New Yorker. 

The New Yorker article recounted an alleged incident between Weinstein and actress Jessica Barth at a Beverly Hills hotel. At his hotel room, the report described how Weinstein allegedly “alternated between offering to cast her in a film and demanding a naked massage in bed.”

Barth refused to give him a massage and while she was leaving Weinstein offered a meeting with a female executive, according to the article. 

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Weinstein spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister told The New Yorker. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t 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. 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.”

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow poses at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Art+Film Gala in Los Angeles, October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok - S1BEUJWQOSAC

Gwyneth Paltrow was allegedly sexually harassed by Weinstein, according to a New York Times report.

 (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)

Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie were among the women in a follow-up New York Times piece published Tuesday who allege Weinstein harassed them. Arquette also spoke to the newspaper. 

Paltrow described Weinstein’s attempt to lure her, as a then-22-year-old aspiring actress, into giving him a massage in a hotel room. The incident prompted her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt to confront Weinstein at a film premiere. The producer, according to the report, allegedly ordered Paltrow not to tell people about what happened. 

Jolie also turned down Weinstein, who allegedly hit on her in a hotel room in the 1990s, the report said. 

“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie, now 42, told the Times in email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

The Times report also recounted a meeting between Tomi-Ann Roberts and Weinstein. Weinstein was naked in a bathrobe when she showed up, Roberts alleges. He also allegedly said her audition would be better if she got naked.  She turned him down and left, according to the Times report.  

Actress Katherine Kendall told the Times that she was at Weinstein’s apartment when he came back from the bathroom in a bathrobe and requested a massage. Weinstein exited the room and came back naked after she said no, Kendall alleged. 

Kendall claims that Weinstein chased her around the room and that he also asked her to show him her breasts, which she declined. 

While in a hotel suite with Weinstein in 1996, French actress Judith Godrèche turned down his alleged request for a massage, the Times reported. She claimed Weinstein later tried “pressing against me and pulling off my sweater.” She left the room. 

Actress Dawn Dunning claims that Weinstein offered her contracts for his next three movies as long as she would have three-way sex with him, according to the Times report. She took off. 

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Hofmeister told the Times in a statement. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.”

A report published early Tuesday by The Guardian described how Weinstein allegedly wore just a robe during a hotel room meeting with British actress Romola Garai

“Like every other woman in the industry, I’ve had an ‘audition’ with Harvey Weinstein, where I’d actually already had the audition but you had to be personally approved by him,” Garai told the publication. “So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy, and he answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it, it has stayed very clearly in my memory.”

“The point was that he could get a young woman to do that, that I didn’t have a choice, that it was humiliating for me and that he had the power,” the 35-year-old “Atonement” actress said. 

Also Tuesday, former actress and screenwriter Louisette Geiss alleged that Weinstein appeared in an open bathrobe with no clothes on during a meeting at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. She claims that Weinstein asked several times that she watch him masturbate during the 2008 encounter. 

Geiss made the allegations during a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred, who invited Weinstein to meet with his alleged victims in a mediation or arbitration process.

Geiss said in a statement that she is coming forward to help give voice to other alleged victims of sexual harassment. She said her experience with Weinstein led to her departure from the entertainment industry. She now works in real estate.

Actress Heather Graham said Weinstein implied she would have to sleep with him for a role in a Tuesday column for Variety.

She described a meeting with Weinstein in the early 2000s “in which he mentioned that he had an agreement with his wife. He could sleep with whomever he wanted when he was out of town.”

“There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there,” she alleged. 

Graham says she later skipped a meeting with Weinstein at a hotel because her actress friend who was supposed to come along said she was unable to attend. 

“That was the end of that encounter — I was never hired for one of his films, and I didn’t speak up about my experience,” she wrote. “It wasn’t until Ashley Judd heroically shared her story a few days ago that I felt ashamed.”

Wednesday, October 11 

Actress and supermodel Cara Delevingne took to Instagram to describe her encounters with Weinstein. 

“When I first started to work as an actress, I was working on a film and I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out in the middle with,” the statement said. The model said she didn’t answer his questions and “hurried off the phone.” 

She also described a later incident where Weinstein asked her to come his hotel room. 

“I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside,” the statement said. “She said it wasn’t and wouldn’t be for a bit and I should go to his room.” 

The model said she felt “powerless” and that in the room, there was a second woman. 

“He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction,” she alleged. “I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing….i thought it would make the situation better….more professional….like an audition….i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room.”

Actress Léa Seydoux told The Guardian that at the beginning of her career, during a conversation with Weinstein, he jumped toward her and attempted to kiss her.

“We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me,” Seydoux said. “I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him.”

The Spectre actress added: “He tried more than once,” and described Weinstein as “very domineering” and “losing control”. Seydoux told the news outlet that she “pushed him physically. I think he respected me because I resisted him.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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