CONTENT WARNING: The following contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence.
A week after an explosive New York Times report was published detailing decades of Harvey Weinstein‘s alleged sexual misconduct, dozens of women have come forward with disturbing claims about the producer.
At least 34 women have detailed incidents in which they say the Hollywood heavyweight sexually harassed, assaulted or raped them.
The Italian actress-director, 42, told The New Yorker that the producer forcibly performed oral sex on her in 1997, telling the publication of the alleged rape: “The thing with being a victim is I felt responsible. Because, if I were a strong woman, I would have kicked him in the balls and run away. But I didn’t. And so I felt responsible.”
58-year-old Hollywood royalty Arquette recalled an incident from the early 90s in which she went to meet Weinstein at a hotel and was directed up to his room. She told The New Yorker that he opened the door wearing only a bathrobe and attempted to make her massage him, grabbing her hand and pulling it towards his genitalia. The actress claims “he made things very difficult for me for years” in terms of her career afterwards.
After meeting Weinstein at a Golden Globes party in 2011, he invited her to meet with him. The meeting took place in a hotel room, and Barth, 39, says it quickly veered into harassment territory. She told The New Yorker that the producer said: “‘So, what would happen if, say, we’re having some champagne and I take my clothes off and you give me a massage?” And I’m like, ‘That’s not going to happen.'”
When Beckinsale was 17, she says had a meeting with Weinstein at a London hotel, in which he was clad only in a bathrobe. “I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older, unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed. A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realised he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not.”
The actress adds that the producer made advances to her several times over the next few years, “some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats.”
The Kiwi model, 43, wrote a lengthy essay for Medium, recalling a 1997 incident in which she says Weinstein harassed her in a hotel room during the Cannes Film Festival. She wrote that a naked Weinstein begged her for a massage, and recalls feeling “terrified” and locking herself in a bathroom until he stopped “pounding on the door”.
The writer and artist told The Times of London that during a meeting in a hotel room in 1995, Weinstein made unwanted advances towards her, and asked Campbell to “jump in the bath” with him.
Emma De Caunes
French actress De Caunes, told The New Yorker that she accompanied Weinstein to his hotel room after a lunch meeting in Paris in 2010. She says he went into the bathroom and came out naked, demanding she lie down on the bed. She recalls feeling petrified, and described the experience as: “Like a hunter with a wild animal. The fear turns him on.”
The model-actress, 25, took to her Instagram to share her own experience with the movie mogul. She recalled that during a meeting with Weinstein he tried to force her to kiss another woman and made sexual comments. “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,” she wrote.
In an interview with Le Parisien, Darel says she had a meeting with Weinstein in 1995 in his Paris hotel room. Though his first wife Eve Chilton was in the next room, Darel says Weinstein “started to tell me that he found me very attractive and wanted to have relations with me. I told him I was very in love with my companion. He replied that didn’t bother him at all and offered to have me be his mistress a few days a year.”
48-year-old British actress Dix told The Guardian that she had a hotel room meeting with Weinstein when she was 22. She says he asked for a massage and tried to take off her clothes, so she locked herself in the bathroom. “After a while I remember opening the door and seeing him just there facing the door, masturbating, so I quickly closed the door again and locked it,” she told the publication. “Then when I heard room service come to the door, I just ran.”
The actress-turned-costume designer recalled an encounter from 2003 in an interview with the New York Times. Then 24, she says she met Weinstein at a nightclub and he asked her to meet several days later. She went up to his Manhattan hotel room to find him dressed only in a bathrobe. Dunning recalls that Weinstein told her he had three movie contracts for her to sign, but she could only have the roles if she would have a threesome with him. When she refused, Dunning told the Times that the producer said: “You’ll never make it in this business. This is how the business works.”
As an aspiring actress in 2004, Evans had a meeting with Weinstein in a hotel room, where she says the producer forced her to perform oral sex on him. “I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’ ” she told The New Yorker. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.”
The actress took to Twitter to recall several incidents in which she says Weinstein harassed her. “I had two Peninsula Hotel meetings in the evening with Harvey and all I remember was I ducked, dived and ultimately got out of there without getting slobbered over, well just a bit. Yes, massage was suggested,” she posted. “The three dinners with Harvey I don’t really remember the time period, I was 25. I remember him telling me all the actresses who had slept with him and what he had done for them.”
#harveyweinstien everyone knew EVERYONE.Hollywood has been run by male domination forever you spoke out you were punished plain and simple.
— Claire Forlani (@ClaireAForlani) October 10, 2017
The 35-year-old actress says that when she was just 18, she did an audition for Weinstein that left her feeling “humilated”. She told The Guardian: “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 screenwriter said during a press conference that during a pitch meeting in a hotel room the producer had gone to the bathroom and appeared in an open bathrobe, naked underneath. Geiss claims he got into the bathtub and asked her to continue pitching her script. “When I finished my pitch I was obviously nervous, and he just kept asking me to watch him masturbate,” she said. “I told him I was leaving. He quickly got out of the tub and grabbed my forearm as I was trying to grab my purse and led me to his bathroom, pleading that I just watch him masturbate.”
Godbold, who runs a non-profit organisation, wrote a blog post about an encounter with Weinstein in 1995. During an office tour, she found herself alone with the producer in a meeting room and she claims he repeatedly asked her for a massage. She recalls: “His hands [were] on my shoulders as I attempted to beat a retreat… all while not wanting to alienate the most powerful man in Hollywood.”
The French actress recalled an incident to the New York Times that she says occurred in 1996 when she was 24. After a breakfast meeting in Cannes, Weinstein invited her up to his suite to discuss marketing strategies for a film. Godrèche says he repeatedly asked her to massage him, and she said no. “The next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater,” she told the Times, adding that she pulled away and left the suite immediately.
Graham wrote a piece for Variety in which she recalled an early-2000s meeting with the producer in which he made sexual advances. “There was a pile of scripts sitting on his desk. ‘I want to put you in one of my movies,’ he said and offered to let me choose which one I liked best,” she recalled. “Later in the conversation, he mentioned that he had an agreement with his wife. He could sleep with whomever he wanted when he was out of town. I walked out of the meeting feeling uneasy.”
Ambra Battilana Guttierez
The model is one of the only Weinstein accusers who has reported his behaviour to the authorities. In 2015, she told the NYPD that he had groped her breasts and attempted to put his hand up her skirt during a meeting in his office. Police investigated and Gutierrez even wore a wire during their next encounter, which caught him admitting to the groping as he begged her to come to his hotel room. “Oh, please, I’m sorry, just come on in,” he’s heard saying on the audio, which was obtained by The New Yorker. “I’m used to that. Come on. Please… I won’t do it again.”
Jolie, 42, told the New York Times that in the late 90s, Weinstein made “unwanted advances” towards her in a hotel suite. “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,” she told the publication.
One of the women who came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein in the original New York Times exposé, Judd actually detailed the experience in a 2015 Variety article without naming him. In the Times story, she detailed an incident that took place 20 years ago, in which he emerged during a hotel room meeting wearing only a bathrobe. Judd says he asked her to massage him and have a shower with him. “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” Judd told the publication, adding: “Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly.”
The actress recalled an incident in a hotel room two decades ago, in which she claims Weinstein emerged naked and asked for a massage, chasing her around the room when she declined. She told Nightline that the producer said: “‘At least if you won’t give me a massage, or let me give you a massage, or let me do this or let me do that, at least just pick up your shirt and let me see your breasts.””
A former employee of The Weinstein Company, Madden told the New York Times that the producer repeatedly requested that she massage him. “It was so manipulative,” she told a Times journalist. You constantly question yourself – am I the one who is the problem?”
Sarah Ann Masse
The actress/comedian/writer told Variety that in 2008, she went to the producer’s Connecticut home to interview for a nanny position. She says he answered the door in his underwear and gave her a “tight, close hug” before telling Masse that he loved her.
McGowan has been vocal about Weinstein on Twitter ever since the New York Times story broke, identifying her as one of his victims and claiming that the producer had paid her a settlement in 1997. She finally named him as her rapist in a post a week after the exposé was published.
The former Weinstein Company employee told The New Yorker about a meeting she had with the producer in a hotel in Beverly Hills, during which she says he bragged about his sexual conquests and coerced her into giving him a massage. She told the outlet: “He said, ‘You know, we could have a lot of fun. I could put you in my London office, and you could work there and you could be my girlfriend.’”
Another former Weinstein Company employee, O’Connor wrote a 2015 memo obtained by the Times that said: “There is a toxic environment for women at this company”. The publication says that she accepted a settlement from the Weinstein Company.
When she was just 22, Paltrow signed on for the lead role in the Jane Austen adaptation Emma, which was produced by Weinstein’s company. Before shooting began, she had a meeting with the mogul in a Beverly Hills hotel room. She says he put his hands on her and suggested they head to the bedroom for a massage. She told the New York Times: “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified.”
The New York Times exposé claimed that former Weinstein Company employee Perkins confronted the mogul in 1998 over his sexual misconduct. The Times reported that she was paid out in a settlement, though Perkins declined to comment for the article.
One of the earliest accounts of Weinstein’s alleged misconduct comes from former waitress-turned-psychology professor Roberts. In 1984, when she was 20, she met Weinstein while waiting tables in new York. She told the Times that he encouraged her to come to his hotel room to audition for a movie, and when she arrived she says the producer was naked in the bathtub. He told her the audition would be better if she was okay with “getting naked in front of him”, because the character in the film had a topless scene. Roberts recalls “apologising” as she declined and left the suite.
The French actress, 32, wrote a piece for The Guardian recalling an incident in a hotel room. She says she went to join the producer and his assistant for a drink, and after the PA left, Weinstein made his move. “We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me,” she claims. “I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along.”
The TV journo told The Huffington Post about an incident that occurred about 10 years ago, in which she claims that during a night out with the producer and others, he got Sivan alone and forced her to watch him masturbate. “I could not believe what I was witnessing. It was disgusting and kind of pathetic, really,” Sivan said during an interview on Today. “But more than the disgusting act itself, which of course was gross, the demeaning part of it all – that just 20 minutes earlier, he was having this great conversation with me, and I felt so great and flattered by it.”
During the 1995 Toronto Film Festival Sorvino says she was in a hotel room with Weinstein, who had produced the film she was promoting, Mighty Aphrodite. The 50-year-old told The New Yorker: “He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around.”
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