In early October, The New York Times published an exhaustive exposé on decadeslong sexual harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. At the time, the publication detailed how the disgraced film executive had paid off at least eight women. And in the time since, even more women have come forward with shocking stories of abuse.
Weinstein's victims run the gamut from fleeting assistants to models to top Hollywood talent — all sharing a similar narrative of the ways Weinstein forced himself upon them or tried to coerce them into sexual acts.
As the story continues to unfold, another pattern emerges: that of an extremely powerful, wealthy man using his influence and means to silence any woman who would dare speak out against him. Only now, emboldened by the Times exposé, these women are coming forward.
Slowly but surely, the stories are beginning to surface with increasing frequency. Below are the accounts of all the women who were allegedly subjected to his sexually deviant behavior.
Former Boardwalk Empire star Paz de la Huerta is the latest to come forward with accusations against Weinstein. In an interview published on Wednesday, Nov. 1, de la Huerta told Vanity Fair Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions.
The first time, she alleges, happened when Weinstein offered her a ride home in New York and then demanded to come into her apartment for a drink.
"Things got very uncomfortable very fast," she said. "Immediately when we got inside the house, he started to kiss me and I kind of brushed [him] away. Then he pushed me into the bed and his pants were down and he lifted up my skirt. I felt afraid… It wasn’t consensual… It happened very quickly… He stuck himself inside me… When he was done he said he’d be calling me. I kind of just laid on the bed in shock."
On the second occasion, de la Huerta alleges Weinstein waited for her outside a photo shoot after he had been calling her "incessantly" even though she begged him to leave her alone. She says she had been drinking that time, and that Weinstein again bullied his way into her apartment.
"I was in no state. I was so terrified of him," she explained. "When he was on top of me I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He kept humping me and it was disgusting. He’s like a pig… He raped me."
NYPD detective Nicholas DiGaudio told Vanity Fair de la Huerta is one of the people he has interviewed in his investigation of Weinstein.
"I believe based on my interviews with Paz that from the N.Y.P.D. standpoint we have enough to make an arrest," he told the magazine.
Finally some good news.
On Tuesday Oct. 24, actor and model Dominique Huett came forward to allege that in November 2010, Weinstein brought her to a room at the Beverly Hills Hotel where he forcibly performed oral sex on her without her consent. Huett alleges Weinstein, operating in a manner extremely similar to other women's stories, moved the conversation from her career to Weinstein, asking if she could give him a massage. When she declined, Huett says Weinstein was persistent and eventually he wore her down.
Weinstein then allegedly began to suggest he perform oral sex on Huett. In a lawsuit being filed by Huett against The Weinstein Company, the following details are included: "Weinstein displayed persistence and would not take ‘no’ for an answer. Weinstein initiated and Plaintiff froze as Weinstein removed her clothing and performed oral sex on her. Weinstein performed oral sex on Plaintiff for several minutes. After performing oral sex on Plaintiff, Weinstein masturbated in front of Plaintiff until he reached orgasm."
According to Refinery29's report, Huett's lawyers are also pushing to have Huett's lawsuit allowed in court despite falling outside the statute of limitations because they claim she was not made aware of The Weinstein Company's complicity until last month.
In an op-ed written for The New York Times, Lupita Nyong'o started by explaining that she too had been part of the "conspiracy of silence." It wasn't until she saw so many women coming forward that Nyong'o stopped blaming herself and realized her own encounter with Weinstein was "a sinister pattern of behavior" on the movie mogul's part.
"I met Harvey Weinstein in 2011 at an awards ceremony in Berlin, while I was still a student at the Yale School of Drama. An intermediary introduced him to me as 'the most powerful producer in Hollywood.' As an aspiring actress, I was of course eager to meet people in the industry but cautious about strangers, and the intentions of men in general. So I tried to vet this famous producer by asking my dinner-table companions what they knew of him. A woman who was a producer herself cautiously advised me to 'keep Harvey in your corner.' She said: 'He is a good man to know in the business, but just be careful around him. He can be a bully.' And so I exchanged contacts with him in the hopes that I would be considered for one of his projects," wrote Nyong'o.
However, upon arriving at Weinstein's home for a movie screening, things took a decidedly insidious turn. About 15 minutes into the film, Weinstein told Nyong'o he wanted to show her something.
"Harvey led me into a bedroom — his bedroom — and announced that he wanted to give me a massage," Nyong'o recounted. "I thought he was joking at first. He was not. For the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe. I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times."
She continued, "I began to massage his back to buy myself time to figure out how to extricate myself from this undesirable situation. Before long, he said he wanted to take off his pants. I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable." When he started to take his pants off anyway, Nyong'o moved for the door and managed to leave. His kids were in the next room the entire time.
A few months later, Weinstein would proposition Nyong'o in a restaurant, telling her that she had to do certain things if she hoped to have any career. She refused, and a few years later rejected Weinstein's repeated requests to have her star in one of his films.
The Times exposé opened with a powerful story about Ashley Judd when, two decades ago, she was allegedly invited to Weinstein's Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel room. A young actor at the time, she assumed it was for a business breakfast meeting. However, when she arrived, she claims she found Weinstein waiting in a bathrobe. He asked her for a massage or if she could watch him shower. "How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?" Judd told the Times she remembers thinking.
Thank you, Jake. https://t.co/bG2Itzes0a— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) October 9, 2017
For Variety's Women in Power Issue in 2015, Judd previously shared the story of her encounter, albeit without mentioning Weinstein by name. In detail, the actor described how one of the industry's most famous movie moguls had lured her into his hotel room and made sexual advances on her. At the time, she told Variety, "This will be familiar to all the women to whom this has happened. I have a feeling we are a legion."
The Times piece also identified Rose McGowan, who starred in the Weinstein-distributed 1996 film Scream, as a victim. A legal document reviewed by the Times revealed that the then-23-year-old actor had reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein over an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. The legal document reportedly underscored that it was "not to be construed as an admission" by Weinstein but intended to "avoid litigation and buy peace."
In October of 2016, McGowan alluded to her abuse, tweeting, "Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution #WhyWomenDontReport." Although McGowan doesn't specifically reference Weinstein by name, her film Planet Terror was distributed by Weinstein in 2007. And at the time she made the movie, she was dating filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.
In a Twitter thread directed at Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, on Oct. 13, McGowan finally publicly named Weinstein as her rapist.
"I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof," she wrote. "I had already sold a script I wrote to your studio, it was in development. When I heard a Weinstein bailout was in the works I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing. I was ignored. Deal was done. Amazon won a dirty Oscar."
1) @jeffbezos I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 12, 2017
McGowan, who has for years been vocal about the problems in the industry, has become the voice of the Weinstein resistance since the Times piece went live. In addition to calling for the dissolution of The Weinstein Company's entire board for what she says is its complicity in covering up Weinstein's behavior, McGowan continues to bring to light her story as well as the stories of other women who were victimized by Weinstein.
Women fight on. And to the men out there, stand up. We need you as allies. #bebrave— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 5, 2017
In an investigative piece by Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, Italian actor and director Asia Argento revealed that Weinstein forced oral sex on her. At the time, she was working on the film B. Monkey, which was released in 1999 in the U.S. by Miramax. She was 21 and a rising actor when she was invited to what she was led to believe was a Miramax party at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the French Riviera. However, when she arrived, there was no party — just Weinstein. At one point, Weinstein left the room and returned in a bathrobe with a bottle of lotion, asking Argento for a massage. At first, she resisted, she said, but eventually reluctantly agreed. It was then that Weinstein allegedly pushed her skirt up, forced her legs apart and performed oral sex on her as she pleaded for him to stop.
On Twitter this week, Argento shared a clip of a film she directed in 1999 that mirrored her experience with Weinstein. Also supporting her story is Argento's boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, who is currently dragging Weinstein and anyone complicit in Weinstein's history of harassment/assault.
Watching the media tiptoe around its decades long silence on #Weinstein makes me miss David Carr even more ferociously— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 8, 2017
Mira Sorvino, who starred in multiple Weinstein films, told Farrow that she also found herself alone in a hotel room with Weinstein during her early career. The year was 1995 during the Toronto International Film Festival. They were there to promote the film Mighty Aphrodite when Weinstein invited Sorvino to his room, presumably to discuss the film. "He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around," she said.
Sorvino managed to get out of the room that night, but weeks later, Weinstein called her back in NYC to request another meeting. After calling a friend to come over and pose as her boyfriend, Sorvino “freaked out” when Weinstein arrived at her apartment earlier than expected. “I opened the door terrified, brandishing my twenty-pound Chihuahua mix in front of me, as though that would do any good," she said. When she explained to Weinstein her boyfriend was on his way over, the film exec angrily left.
French actor Emma de Caunes met Weinstein in 2010 at a party during Cannes Film Festival. Months later, he reached out to her about meeting in Paris under the guise of needing a strong female lead for a film he was producing. Weinstein claimed the movie was an adaptation of a book, but he couldn't remember the title. "But I'll give it to you. I have it in my room," he reportedly told de Caunes.
Once in the room, de Caunes took a phone call, at which point Weinstein disappeared into the bathroom. Moments later, he walked out naked and with an erection. He then allegedly told de Caunes to lie on the bed and told her that "many other women had done so before her." De Caunes told Farrow she was petrified but afraid to show it. "It was like a hunter with a wild animal. The fear turns him on." She immediately left.
Rosanna Arquette agreed to meet up with Weinstein in the early '90s to pick up a script for a new film. When Arquette arrived at the room, Weinstein allegedly answered the door in a white bathrobe. He said his neck was sore and asked for a massage. When Arquette told him she could refer a good masseuse, the movie mogul forced her hand onto his neck. When she jerked away, he then tried to place it on his penis, which was reportedly visible and erect. "My heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight moment," she told Farrow for The New Yorker. After telling Weinstein she would never do that, the film exec told her she was making a huge mistake by rejecting him. And, says Arquette, "He made things very difficult for me for years."
During the '90s when Angelina Jolie was working on the film Playing by Heart, she endured an encounter with Weinstein during which he allegedly made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room. "I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose to never work with him again and warn others when they did," she told the Times in an email. "This behavior toward women in any field, any country is unacceptable."
One of the most recent victims to come forward, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez — a Miss Italy contestant finalist — met Weinstein in 2015 at the reception for a show he was producing at Radio City Music Hall. Gutierrez, 22, recalled to Farrow that Weinstein repeatedly remarked how much she looked like actor Mila Kunis. He soon after requested a meeting, to which Gutierrez brought her modeling portfolio under the assumption it would be a business meeting. But shortly into the meeting, Weinstein asked if Gutierrez's breasts were real before lunging at and groping them. He also tried to force his hand up her skirt, says Gutierrez. When she continued to protest, Weinstein backed off, gave her tickets to his Broadway production of Finding Neverland and told her he'd meet her there that night.
Instead, Gutierrez went to the NYPD and reported the assault. When she failed to appear at the show, an irate Weinstein called her. The police saw an opportunity, convincing Gutierrez to wear a wire and meet up with the movie mogul. The tapes, which have now been released, reveal a tense conversation during which Weinstein admits to groping the young model.
This is what a powerful, professional predator sounds like in action : https://t.co/0vDC5PW6Gh— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 10, 2017
Actor Jessica Barth (Next, Ted, Ted 2) told Farrow she met Weinstein at a Golden Globes party in 2011. When the movie exec asked Barth to meet him at the Peninsula, she agreed. When she arrived, though, she was asked to come to his room. At the time, Weinstein assured her it was "no big deal" and that he just wanted privacy to "talk career stuff." In the room, Barth claims she discovered Weinstein with a bottle of Champagne and sushi. He then reportedly proceeded to alternate between offering her movie roles and sexually harassing her. "'So, what would happen if, say, we're having some champagne and I take my clothes off and you give me a massage?'" Barth recounted Weinstein asking. "And I'm like, 'That's not going to happen.'"
When Barth got up to leave, Weinstein reacted harshly, telling her out of spite that she need to lose weight to "compete with Mila Kunis." Barth told Farrow she burst into tears upon leaving, but that she did share the harrowing experience with two people — whom Farrow contacted and who corroborated Barth's account.
When Gwyneth Paltrow was 22, she was cast to play the lead in the movie adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. Because the film was being produced by Weinstein, the young actor didn't find it out of the ordinary when he requested a meeting at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. And while it began innocently enough, Paltrow told the Times it ended with Weinstein making unwanted sexual advances — including touching her and suggesting they give each other massages in the bedroom. "I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified," Paltrow revealed. Although she refused Weinstein's advances, she admitted, "I thought he was going to fire me."
Paltrow also divulged that she told her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, about the exchange. Pitt then reportedly confronted Weinstein at a movie premiere, telling him that he wouldn't do anything like that to Paltrow again... or else (else, in this case, was reportedly a "Missouri whooping"). A representative of Pitt's has since confirmed this narrative of events to the Times.
British actor Romola Garai (Vanity Fair, Atonement, Suffragette) was only 18 when Weinstein called her in for an "audition" that ultimately proved to be much more sinister in nature. "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," she 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 1993, when Swingers' Katherine Kendall was 23, Weinstein set up a meeting with the young actor through her agent. After sending her several scripts, he invited Kendall to a screening in a cinema near Lincoln Center in Manhattan. And after the screening, he said he needed to drop by his apartment to pick something up, Kendall told the Times. Once in the apartment, it wasn't long before Weinstein went into the bathroom and allegedly emerged wearing only a robe and asking for a massage. "'Everybody does it,'" Weinstein said, according to Kendall. Her refusal only seemed to excite Weinstein more, as he left the room and returned in the nude. "He literally chased me," she said. "He wouldn't let me pass him to get to the door."
In an exclusive interview with Variety, Heather Graham recalled her own disturbing experience with Weinstein in the early 2000s. It started when Weinstein invited the star into his office to discuss a pile of potential scripts. While that seemed straightforward enough, Weinstein then pivoted the conversation problematically.
"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," Graham told Variety. "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."
In a lengthy Instagram post on Oct. 11, Delevingne detailed a pair of uncomfortable interactions she had had with Weinstein early in her career.
"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 with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call," she wrote. "I answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone 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."
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 with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call....i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone 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, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he 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. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn't and wouldn't be for a bit 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. 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. 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. 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....I didn't want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.
The second interaction Delevingne recounts is even more harrowing.
"A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film," she wrote. "The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he 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."
Delevingne continued, "He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn't and wouldn't be for a bit 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."
When Delevingne arrived in Weinstein's hotel room, she said another woman was there, and she immediately felt safer. But that didn't last.
"He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction," she wrote. "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."
Delevingne said Weinstein still offered her a part in the movie he was casting, but that she always felt like he may have only given it to her because of that encounter in his hotel room.
"I was so hesitant about speaking out," she wrote. "I didn't want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear."
Léa Seydoux — known for her roles in Blue Is the Warmest Color and Spectre — come forward claiming Harvey Weinstein sexually attacked her.
In an op-ed for the Guardian, Seydoux (who worked with Weinstein on Inglourious Basterds) said she met Weinstein and his female assistant in the lobby of a hotel. "All throughout the evening, he flirted and stared at me as if I was a piece of meat," she explained. "He acted as if he were considering me for a role. But I knew that was bullshit. I knew it because I could see it in his eyes. He had a lecherous look. He was using his power to get sex."
But things escalated when his assistant left. "We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself," she said. "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."
I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common.When I arrived ,reception told me 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 .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 realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not .I had what I thought were boundaries - I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh "Kate lives to say no to me ." It speaks to the status quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things,while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself,undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family.I would like to applaud the women who have come forward , and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers,managers,executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said " well, that's just Harvey /Mr X/insert name here " will realize that we in numbers can affect real change.For every moment like this there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in .I had a male friend who, based on my experience,warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in another Miramax film ;the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off.Let's stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder,and let's remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick,and that we have work to do.
The Underworld star came forward on Thursday with her own personal account of what she says happened between her and Weinstein when she was just 17 years old — which would make Beckinsale one of Weinstein's youngest alleged victims to come forward. In an extensive Instagram caption, with a picture presumably taken around the time this alleged incident occurred, Beckinsale bravely detailed her side of the story.
"I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common. When I arrived, reception told me 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. 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 realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not. I had what I thought were boundaries - I said no to him professionally many times over the years some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh 'Kate lives to say no to me.' It speaks to the status quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things, while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself, undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family. I would like to applaud the women who have come forward, and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers, managers, executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said 'well, that's just Harvey /Mr. X/insert name here' will realize that we in numbers can affect real change. For every moment like this, there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in. I had a male friend who, based on my experience, warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in anothermax film; the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off. Let's stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder, and let's remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick and that we have work to do."
Yet another woman has accused Harvey Weinstein of attempted sexual assault. This time, Claire Forlani, star of Mallrats and Meet Joe Black, tweeted accounts of escaping from Weinstein multiple times as a young actor.
"You see, nothing happened to me with Harvey — by that I mean, I escaped 5 times," she wrote. "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. 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. I wasn’t drinking the cool aid [sic], I knew Harvey was a master manipulator."
She also wrote about her reluctance to speak out even though she was "in awe" of women who did because she knew those who sought justice would be ostracized.
"For us it was something you weren't supposed to make a big deal out of; it was sadly our normal," she wrote.
Now, she's hopeful that the days of Hollywood being overrun with sexism and harassment could be coming to an end.
"I feel excited, I really do, that this could be a thing of the past, that these men will now not feel they have carte blanche to intimidate, sexualize, bully and ultimately hurt women or girls," she wrote. "I'm not naïve enough to believe it can be eradicated but it can be a different time and that after all this pain, suffering and fear, it can be a new time in this business. I am proud of my community. I love what I do. There are so many beautiful people in this business. So may the bad seeds please leave the stage?"
Actress Minka Kelly, best known for her roles in Friday Night Lights and Weinstein Co.'s film The Butler, posted a lengthy Instagram post about a time Harvey Weinstein propositioned her.
As detailed in the post, Kelly explains that she met Weinstein at an industry party; the next day, her agent informed her that he wanted to set up a general interview in his hotel room. Feeling uncomfortable with that, she agreed to meet Weinstein and his assistant at a hotel restaurant instead. Upon arriving, Weinstein showered her with potential movie roles and then, as many other of his accusers have said, dismissed his assistant. That's when Weinstein allegedly promised Kelly a "lavish lifestyle" with strings attached.
"He said, 'I know you were feeling what I was feeling when we met the other night,' and then regaled me with offers of a lavish life filled with trips around the world on private planes etc. IF I would be his girlfriend," Kelly wrote. "Or, 'We could just keep this professional.'"
Kelly "gracefully" shut him down, telling him she was flattered, and they decided to keep their relationship professional. Weinstein asked her not to tell anyone about their exchange but she immediately called her agent and told her everything. They shared a laugh at his audacity, but now Kelly's apologizing for not doing more.
"I'm sorry for obliging his orders to be complicit in protecting his behavior, which he obviously knew was wrong or he wouldn’t have asked me not to tell anyone in the first place. For making him feel ok about the gross things he was saying and that I felt my only route was to say I was flattered. For not insisting that my reps never allow anyone to take a meeting in a hotel room (with him or anyone else), because I honestly don’t know what might have happened if I’d just showed up as originally scheduled."
After her mother revealed her to be one of Weinstein's victim's, Green released a statement detailing a time Weinstein made an aggressive advance and she was forced to "push him off."
"I met him for a business meeting in Paris at which he behaved inappropriately and I had to push him off. I got away without it going further, but the experience left me shocked and disgusted," she wrote. "I have not discussed this before because I wanted to maintain my privacy, but I understand it is important to do so as I hear about other women’s experiences. Women are often condemned when they speak out and their personal reputations tarnished by association."
Green continued, "I salute the great bravery of the women who have come forward. We should recognise that this sort of behaviour exists everywhere and is not unique to the entertainment industry. The exploitation of power is ubiquitous. This behaviour is unacceptable and needs to be eliminated."
In a live video interview with TMZ, Everhart told about a time Weinstein trapped her in a room and masturbated in front of her. Unlike so many women, Everhart did not keep quiet, but when she told others about what had happened, she said most of them replied, "Oh, that's just Harvey."
TMZ reporters asked, "So they literally passed it off as 'We know he does that'?"
Everhart just said, "Yeah."
She also spoke about how Weinstein's predatory behavior has been by no means a secret. "People have known this about Harvey for more than a decade... There isn't a single person who is anybody in this business that doesn't know that Harvey Weinstein has been like that. If they know Harvey, they know he's been like that," she said. But, she added, women don't come forward with their personal stories for fear of hurting their careers. "It's a very scary thing in Hollywood to come out and talk like this about somebody who is so powerful as Harvey Weinstein. He got stories crushed, and he can crush you. Even when I said it that night, nobody cared."
In a series of gut-wrenching tweets posted on Tuesday, Oct. 17, Game of Thrones actor Lena Headey described the two very horrible encounters she had with Weinstein. In the first encounter (edited according to Entertainment Weekly’s report for clarity and brevity), she states: "The first time I met Harvey Weinstein was at The Venice Film Festival. The Brothers Grimm was showing there, (during shooting I was subjected to endless bullying by the director Terry Gilliam). At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture, I just laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked. I remember thinking, ‘It’s got to be a joke.’ 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.’ I was never in any other Miramax film.”
She continued, detailing the second encounter with him.
Just over the weekend, nearly two dozen more women came forward with their own stories of abuse at Weinstein's hands. Several of them were young models and actors who spoke out about their experiences and saw their careers stall or end because of it. Women who have spoken out include:
Many of their stories can be found in The New York Times, as it continues to compile the accounts of women who were harassed or attacked by Weinstein.
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