A New York Times expose published in early October of 2017 detailed three decades of numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Harvey Weinstein, one of the most influential men in Hollywood. Those included claims by Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, both of whom say they were targeted by Weinstein in 1997.
Judd first went public with her accusations in 2015, telling Variety for its Power of Women issue that an unnamed Hollywood mogul had asked her for a "meeting" in his hotel room and then tried to make her massage him and watch him shower. In the New York Times piece, Judd finally admitted that man was Weinstein, telling the paper that she wondered at the time, "How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?" and that she "said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask. It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining."
That same year, Weinstein settled a sexual harassment claim from Rose McGowan. The settlement was undisclosed at the time, but the Times now reports he paid her $100,000 to "avoid litigation and buy peace." McGowan chose not to comment for the Times' article, but after it was published, she tweeted a call for allies to stand up for the myriad women now accusing Weinstein of harassment and assault.
On Sunday, The Weinstein Company announced that Weinstein had been fired after more than a third of its all-male board stepped down and many of Weinstein lawyers and close advisers, including sexual assault advocate Lisa Bloom, began distancing themselves from him. No charges have been filed against him as of this writing.