Paltrow, Jolie Among Latest Weinstein Accusers

Paltrow, Jolie Among Latest Weinstein Accusers

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A wave of Hollywood actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, have come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct — and three other women have alleged that the film executive forced himself on them.

The claims emerged Tuesday in back-to-back reports by The New Yorker magazine and The New York Times — five days after a story in The Times that detailed alleged sexual harassment by Weinstein spanning decades and led to him being fired by the company he co-founded.

In a report for the New Yorker, journalist Ronan Farrow, who is also a contributing correspondent to NBC News, said he was told by 13 women that Weinstein harassed or assaulted them between the 1990s and 2015.

Three women — including actress Asia Argento and former aspiring actress Lucia Evans — said Weinstein had forced himself on them, the magazine reported.

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Evans said that in 2004, during a meeting at the Miramax offices in New York City, Weinstein made her perform oral sex on him.

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’ ” she said. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough.”

Argento said that in 1997, Weinstein convinced her to give him a massage and then performed oral sex on her while she asked him to stop.

“I was not willing,” she said. “I said, ‘No, no, no.'”

Argento said that while the first encounter was not consensual, she went on to develop a close relationship with Weinstein and have consensual sex with him over the next five years.


Harvey Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.