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The list of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault continues to grow, following a series of bombshell reports and the movie mogul’s ouster from the company he co-founded.
On Oct. 10, the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow published the result of a 10-month investigation that included several women alleging that Weinstein made unwanted advances and, in some cases, raped them. Soon after, the New York Times published stories of harassment from megastars Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.
These stories came after the first Times bombshell report from Oct. 5 detailing accounts of the movie mogul sexually assaulting actresses and employees. In response to that story, Weinstein issued a bizarre statement citing his coming of “age in the 60’s and 70’s” when workplace culture differed, apologizing for behavior that has caused colleagues “a lot of pain,” and declaring he would battle the National Rifle Association. One of his lawyers also threatened to sue the Times, but quit Weinstein’s legal team without doing so.
The Washington Post, in interviews with 67 people in Weinstein’s orbit, found three previously unreported allegations of sexual or physical assault, and detailed a pattern of manipulation and ruthlessness over 30 years.
Weinstein “unequivocally denied” any allegations of nonconsensual sex, and “there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances,” spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said in a statement. “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.”
Dozens of women have gone on the record to make accusations (in addition to others who spoke on the condition of anonymity). Here are some of their accounts:
The actress said that Weinstein exposed himself to her on set during the making of Miramax’s 1992 film “Love Crimes.”
“My basic response was, ‘You know, Harvey, I don’t really think you should be pulling that thing out, it’s not very pretty,’” Young said on the Dudley and Bob with Matt Show podcast. She recalled “leaving, and then never having another meeting with that guy again, because it was like, ‘What on earth?’”
Young added that she thought her reputation became damaged for refusing Weinstein. “The minute you actually stand up for yourself in Hollywood, you’re the crazy one,” she said.
The Academy Award-winning actress wrote in an essay for the New York Times that she has “felt sick in the pit of my stomach” regarding the Weinstein allegations.
She went on to detail two encounters with Weinstein in which he made inappropriate and unwanted advances, before her big breakout movie “12 Years a Slave.” The movie mogul, she wrote, made her believe “this is the way it is. And wherever I looked, everyone seemed to be bracing themselves and dealing with him, unchallenged.”
In the essay, she writes that at one point Weinstein led her into his bedroom, asked for a massage and then began to take off his pants. She left the room, saying she was uncomfortable. “I didn’t know how to proceed without jeopardizing my future,” she wrote.
Nyong’o also wrote that Weinstein tried to get her to drink alcohol, which she declined.Lupita Nyong’o accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for “12 Years a Slave” during the 2014 Oscars. (John Shearer/Invision/AP)
The “Game of Thrones” actress posted a series of messages on Twitter describing her interactions with Weinstein. She wrote they first met at the Venice Film Festival, where he asked to take a walk with her and “made some suggestive comment.”
“I just laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked, I remember thinking, it’s got to be a joke,” she wrote. “I said something like… oh come on mate?!?? It’d be like kissing my dad! Let’s go get a drink, get back to the others.”
Headey thought “he’d never try anything with me again, not after I’d laughed and said never in a million years.” Years later, while in LA, she decided to meet with him, thinking “he respected my boundary and maybe he wanted to talk about potential work.”
She goes on to describe a breakfast meeting, during which he asked her about her love life. He concluded it by saying “let’s go up to the room” for a script he wanted to give her. While in the elevator, Headey wrote, she told him that she was just going to the room for work. Then he fell silent and became “furious,” she said, leading her with his hand on her back to the room, “marching me forward, not a word, I felt completely powerless.”
When his key card didn’t work, he took her back to a car he paid for, holding “tightly” to the back of her arm, and whispered, “don’t tell anyone about this, not your manager, not your agent,” the actress said. “I got into my car and cried.”Lena Headey in 2014 in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
During an appearance on the Canadian talk show “The Social,” Holly said she met with Weinstein at a hotel to talk about her future at Miramax, as she had previously worked with the company on “Beautiful Girls.”
At one point, Holly said, Weinstein left the room and returned in a bathrobe. “No doubt it was odd,” she said, “however, when he walked in and he was in the bathrobe, he said, ‘Okay, let’s get to it, this is what we’ve got going on at my company, these are the scripts we have in the pipeline, this is what I think might be right for you,’ and he gestured for me to follow him.”
They continued talking in the bedroom part of the suite, but then Weinstein dropped his robe and used the toilet, while still talking, she recalled. He then got in the shower while trying to keep the conversation going, popping his head out to ask questions.
“My head is going crazy at this point. He’s acting like the situation is normal. He’s acting like we’re having a normal encounter,” Holly said. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘Am I just a prude? Am I supposed to be more open minded?’ I didn’t quite know how to handle myself at that moment.”
Then, she said, he dried off and approached her naked, offering her a massage and asking for one. When she suggested asking the hotel to arrange a masseuse, Weinstein threatened her, saying she needed to “keep him as an ally” and it’d be a “bad decision” to leave, according to Holly. She said she pushed him and left the room.
The British actress posted a photo of herself as a teenager to Instagram, writing that when she was just 17 years old, she received a call to meet Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel. She assumed the meeting would be in a conference room, but the reception desk told her to go to his room.
“He opened the door in his 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. “After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed.”
Years later, Beckinsale said, Weinstein “asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realized he couldn’t remember if he assaulted me or not.”
The actress said she repeatedly “said no to him professionally” over the years, sometimes causing him to scream at her and call her “a c‑‑‑.” Her refusals sometimes “made him laughingly tell people oh ‘Kate lives to say no to me.’ Her refusals, she said, hurt her career, and others in the industry would excuse his behavior.Kate Beckinsale at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images)
The British actress met Weinstein at the start of her career in the early 1990s, when she was 22. In an interview with the Guardian, she recounted how Weinstein invited her to his hotel room at the Savoy in London, ostensibly to show her footage of a film he was producing that was still in the works. But when she arrived, he became aggressive.
“Before I knew it, he started trying to pull my clothes off and pin me down and I just kept saying, ‘No, no, no.’ But he was really forceful,” she said. “I remember him pulling at my trousers and stuff and looming over me and I just sort of – I am a big, strong girl and I bolted … ran for the bathroom and locked the door.”
After hiding in the bathroom for a long time, she finally emerged to find Weinstein naked, facing her and masturbating. She closed the door again and finally escaped when room service knocked on the door to the hotel room.
She told many people after the incident, including her co-star at the time, Colin Firth. The pair were working together on the film “The Advocate,” which Dix thought would be her big break.
Firth, for his part, feels ashamed he didn’t do anything at the time, other than lend a sympathetic ear.
“I didn’t act on what she told me,” he told the Guardian in a separate interview. “It was a long time ago and I don’t know if she remembers telling me, but the fact that I had that conversation has come back to haunt me in the light of these revelations.”
According to Dix’s account, Weinstein called her months later, telling her he was turning over a new leaf. He apologized and asked if there was anything he could do for her. She declined. Dix, who’s now a screenwriter, went on to have a successful career in television, but she never got another movie part.
“I think my film career was massively cut short,” she said.
The actress revealed that the New Yorker’s Farrow had approached her in his reporting of his bombshell story, but “some close men around me” told her not to talk to him. Although she had told Farrow she would speak, she decided not to call based on the advice.
“Today I sit here feeling some shame, like I’m not supporting other women,” Forlani wrote on Twitter. “You see, nothing happened to me with Harvey, by that I mean, I escaped 5 times. I had two Peninsula hotel meetings in the evening with Harvey and all I remember was I ducked, dived and ultimately got out there without getting slobbered over, well just a bit. Yes, massage was suggested.”
Forlani also wrote that when she was 25, he told him about actresses he had slept with “and what he had done for them.” She said that in their last encounter, he also said “he could never get me to sleep with him,” and she tried to joke it off. “You see, I always thought I was a pro at handling these guys,” she wrote. “Sometimes I got angry, really angry. I wondered why I had prey stamped on my forehead, but this I kept to myself.”
The 25-year-old model and actress wrote on Instagram about her own encounter with Weinstein, along with the message, “Don’t be ashamed of your story. It will inspired others.”
She said Weinstein called her when she first began acting and asked about her sexual history with women she had been seen with, “a very odd and uncomfortable call.” She tried to quickly end the call, “but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I’d never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood.”
A year or two later, she attended a meeting in a hotel lobby with Weinstein and a director to discuss an upcoming film. Once the director left, Weinstein “began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature.” She declined his invitation to his room, but his assistant told the actress her car wouldn’t arrive for some time “and I should go to his room.”
“At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn’t want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation,” she wrote. “When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction.”
Delevingne tried to get out of the situation by asking if the movie mogul knew she could sing, and she broke out into song and then said she 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,” Delevingne wrote. “I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn’t deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out.”Cara Delevingne poses at a book signing of copies of her debut young adult novel “Mirror, Mirror” in a bookstore in London on Oct. 4. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Paltrow would become known as “the first lady of Miramax,” Weinstein’s company at the time, and played the lead in “Shakespeare In Love,” which won the 1999 Oscar for best picture, a major upset for Weinstein.
But before then, Weinstein hired a 22-year-old Paltrow to star in “Emma,” which would propel her career. Before shooting, he had her come to his Peninsula hotel room for a work meeting that ended with him putting his hands on her and suggesting massages in the bedroom, Paltrow told the New York Times.
“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said. After refusing, she told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein. Weinstein then threatened her not to tell anyone else, she said. “I thought he was going to fire me,” she said.
“He screamed at me for a long time,” she said. “It was brutal.Gwyneth Paltrow in Culver City, Calif. on May 6, 2017 .( Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
The actress said that in the late 1990s, Weinstein made unwanted advances on her during the release of “Playing by Heart.”
“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 said in an email to the Times. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
The French actress wrote an essay for the Guardian on Wednesday detailing her run-ins with Weinstein — including one time when he tried to force himself on her.
Seydoux wrote the two met at a fashion show, and he insisted on meeting for drinks that evening to talk shop, while she suspected he had other intentions. She met him in his hotel’s lobby, along with a female assistant of Harvey’s. “All throughout the evening, he flirted and stared at me as if I was a piece of meat,” she wrote. “He acted as if he were considering me for a role.” She continued:
He invited me to come to his hotel room for a drink. We went up together. It was hard to say no because he’s so powerful. All the girls are scared of him. Soon, his assistant left and it was just the two of us. That’s the moment where he started losing control.
We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. 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 actress went on to recount other times she has seen Weinstein, including dinners here he’s “bragged openly about Hollywood actresses he has had sex with.” Another time, in London at the BAFTAs, she saw him hitting on a young woman. And at another event, “I saw him trying to convince a young woman to sleep with him. Everyone could see what he was doing.”
During the filming of 1997’s “Kiss the Girls,” the actress met Weinstein at a Beverly Hills hotel for breakfast, only to find the meeting would be in his suite. Weinstein asked for a massage, a shoulder rub and for her to watch him shower, Judd told the Times.
“I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” Judd said. “It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.” She said she felt “panicky, trapped” and tried to get out by joking that if he wanted to touch her, she’d have to first win an Oscar for one of his movies.
She remembered thinking: “How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?”
Arquette told the New Yorker that in the early 1990s she went to meet Weinstein for dinner at the Beverly Hill Hotel to pick up a script. When she arrived at his room, she said, he opened the door in a bathrobe, said his neck hurt, grabbed her hand and put it on his neck. When she yanked away, he took her hand again and pulled it to his exposed penis.
“My heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight moment,” she told the New Yorker. “I will never do that,” she recalled telling the movie mogul, who then threatened her career and named another actress whose career suffered for refusing his advances.
“Rosanna, you’re making a big mistake,” Weinstein said, Arquette told the New York Times.
Arquette told the New Yorker that her career suffered. “He made things very difficult for me for years.”Eric White, from left, Patricia Arquette, Harlow Olivia Calliope Jane, Rosanna Arquette, and Todd Morgan arrive at the Oscars in 2015. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Barth, who plays Tami-Lynn McCafferty in Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted” movies, met Weinstein at a 2011 Golden Globes party, and he invited her to a business meeting, she said. When she arrived at the Peninsula Hotel, he told her by phone to come to his room to “talk career stuff.” Barth said Weinstein had ordered champagne and sushi, offered to cast her in a film and demanded a naked massage. When she refused, he grew angry and said she needed to lose weight “to compete with Mila Kunis.”
Sorvino won an Oscar for her role in “Mighty Aphrodite,” which was released by Miramax. She told the New Yorker that in 1995, she was promoting the film in Toronto when she ended up in a hotel room with Weinstein. “He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” she said.
Weeks later, she said, he called her late at night, saying he had marketing ideas, and showed up at her apartment. Fearful, she had called a male friend to come over, and although he hadn’t arrived, she told Weinstein that her new boyfriend was on his way over. Dejected, Weinstein left, she said.
When she told a female Miramax employee, the reaction “was shock and horror that I had mentioned it,” the actress said.
In 2014, Weinstein asked the 25-year-old, a temporary front-desk assistant at the Weinstein Co., to meet for drinks, and instead she suggested an early-morning coffee, as she recalled to the New Yorker. He told her to come to his Beverly Hills hotel, and she “dressed very frumpy” after hearing of his reputation.
For an hour, he offered career advice, then bragged about his sexual encounters with famous actresses, she recalled. “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.’ ” He also asked to hold her hand, and she said no to both requests.
According to Nestor, Weinstein said, “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.” She described it as “a pretty clear case of sexual harassment when your superior, the C.E.O., asks one of their inferiors, a temp, to have sex with them, essentially in exchange for mentorship.”
Argento, an Italian film actress and director, told the New Yorker that as a 21-year-old in 1997, she went to a French hotel on the pretext of attending a Miramax party, only to find Weinstein alone in a room. She alleged that he changed into a bathrobe, appeared with a bottle of lotion and asked for a massage. She reluctantly gave him one, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her, she said.
She said the Miramax co-founder “terrified me, and he was so big.… It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.” Farrow wrote that “at some point, Argento said, she stopped saying no and feigned enjoyment, because she thought it was the only way the assault would end. ‘I was not willing,’ she told me. ‘I said, ‘No, no, no.’ ”
Over the years, Argento did submit to his advances, feeling “obliged,” and had consensual relations with him, saying she knew this would be used to undermine the credibility of her allegation.
Evans, a former aspiring actress, met Weinstein before her senior year in college. Knowing the rumors about his behavior, she agreed only to meet a casting executive for a reading during the day. But when she arrived at Miramax, she was taken to an office with just Weinstein, where he both complimented and demeaned her.
According to her account to the New Yorker, Weinstein said she’d “be great in ‘Project Runway’ ” if she lost weight, and told her about two other potential scripts for her. Then, Evans said, he forced her to 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. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.… He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.” At a certain point, she said, “I just sort of gave up. That’s the most horrible part of it, and that’s why he’s been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it’s their fault.”
Evans told the New Yorker that her encounter with Weinstein deeply affected her: Her schoolwork and relationships suffered, she had an eating problem for years, and friends told her to see a therapist “because they thought I was going to kill myself.”
Madden, a former Weinstein employee, told the Times that Weinstein began in 1991 to prod her for massages in Dublin and London hotels. She said that he made any rejection seem abnormal. “It was so manipulative,” she said. “You constantly question yourself — am I the one who is the problem?”
Emma de Caunes
The French actress, in her early 30s at the time, met Weinstein for lunch in 2010 at a Paris hotel. According to her account in the New Yorker, when she had to leave for a TV hosting gig, he insisted that she accompany him to his room to get a book that was being adapted to a movie. He then disappeared into the bathroom as she took a call from a colleague, she said.
“When I hung up the phone, I heard the shower go on in the bathroom,” she said. “I was, like, What the f—, is he taking a shower?” He then came out, naked, and when she asked, “What are you doing?” he told her to lie on his bed, as other women had done.
“I was very petrified,” de Caunes said. “But I didn’t want to show him that I was petrified, because I could feel that the more I was freaking out, the more he was excited.” The actress said Weinstein panicked as she left.
The former aspiring actress is now a psychology professor at Colorado College. When she was just a 20-year-old student waiting tables in 1984, Weinstein, a customer, offered to help her acting career. When she showed up at a meeting in his hotel room to discuss a role, he was naked in the bathtub and said that because her character might play a topless scene, it’d be better for her to get “naked in front of him too,” Roberts told the Times.
She told the Times that she apologized while leaving and that he manipulated her by pretending to actually be interested in her possible acting abilities. “I was nobody! How had I ever thought otherwise?” she asked.
In 1996, the 24-year-old French actress starred in “Ridicule,” which opened the Cannes Film Festival. Weinstein had just acquired the movie and, along with a female Miramax executive, the three had breakfast at a hotel in France. Then the other executive left and Weinstein invited Godrèche to his room to see the view and discuss her movie’s marketing, she told the Times.
While in the room, Weinstein asked to give her a massage (saying it was an American custom) and “the next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater,” she said. She left, and when she later alerted the female executive, she was told, “This is Miramax. You can’t say anything.”
Kendall told the Times that in 1993, when she was a 23-year-old actress, she attended a daytime screening with Weinstein. Afterward, he asked her to stop by his apartment to pick something up, and for about an hour the conversation was professional.
Then he returned from the bathroom in a robe and asked for a massage, saying, “Everybody does it.” She refused, and he disrobed.
“He literally chased me,” she told the outlet. “He wouldn’t let me pass him to get to the door.” She added: “I just thought to myself: I can’t believe you’re doing this to me. I’m so offended — we just had a meeting.”
In 2003, the 24-year-old Dunning met Weinstein at the nightclub where she waitressed. The executive gave her a Miramax screen test and behaved professionally, she told the Times.
One time, upon arriving at a Manhattan hotel for a meal with Weinstein, she was told that his earlier meeting had run late and was instructed to go to his suite, where he was in a bathrobe. He said that he had contracts for her to appear in his next three films and that she could only sign them if she agreed to have three-way sex with him. Thinking it a joke, she laughed, and he got angry.
“You’ll never make it in this business,” she recounted him saying. “This is how the business works.”
She left and soon quit acting to become a costume designer.
Geiss released a statement during a Tuesday news conference. The actress and screenwriter said while at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Weinstein invited her to the premiere of his movie, ‘Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?” then asked her about her latest projects.
The restaurant where they had a subsequent meeting was closing, so Weinstein offered to continue in the office next to his suite. Geiss said she hesitated, knowing the rumors about his behavior, so she pointed to a hotel security camera. She said, “I will take this meeting with you if you promise not to touch me, and I made him shake my hand in front of the camera.”
After a “great conversation” about her film, he went to the bathroom, returned in an open robe, exposing himself, and said he was taking a bath but she should keep pitching. She recalled that when she finished, he told her that “he could greenlight my script but I had to watch him masturbate.” Geiss left the room, and the entertainment industry the following year.
The British actress said she was 18 years old when Weinstein required that she audition in his hotel room while he was wearing a robe.
“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 Guardian. “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.”
In an essay published by Variety, the actress wrote that in the early 2000s, Weinstein called her into his office, where he had a stack of scripts on his desk. She recalled that he said “I want to put you in one of my movies,” and he “offered to let me choose which one I liked best.” He then later mentioned an agreement with his wife that he would sleep with other people while he was out of town.
“I walked out of the meeting feeling uneasy. 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 wrote. Later, he asked to meet at a hotel, so Graham planned to bring an actress friend with her. The friend canceled.
“Harvey told me that my actress friend was already at his hotel and that both of them would be very disappointed if I didn’t show. I knew he was lying, so I politely and apologetically reiterated that I could no longer come by,” Graham wrote. “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. It wasn’t until Ashley Judd heroically shared her story a few days ago that I felt ashamed. If I had spoken up a decade ago, would I have saved countless women from the same experience I had or worse?”
This story has been updated.