Bob Weinstein slams disgraced brother Harvey, calls him a ‘predator’


Bob Weinstein dubbed his brother, Harvey, a “predator” and said he hoped the disgraced Hollywood producer “gets the justice that he deserves.”

Bob Weinstein, 62, who founded Weinstein Co. with his brother Harvey, 65, told The Hollywood Reporter in an intense interview released Saturday morning the situation was “a waking nightmare.”

“I find myself in a waking nightmare. My brother has caused unconscionable suffering. As a father of three girls I say this with every bone in my body — I am heartbroken for the women that he has harmed. I’m a fighter,” Weinstein told The Hollywood Reporter.


“This hurts, but I don’t feel an ounce of remorse coming from him, and that kills me too,” he continued. “When I heard his written, lame excuse. Not an excuse. When I heard his admission of feeling remorse for the victims and then him cavalierly, almost crazily saying he was going to go out and take on the NRA, it was so disturbing to me. It was utter insanity. My daughters all felt sick hearing this because we understood he felt nothing. I don’t feel he feels anything to this day. I don’t.”           

Harvey Weinstein came under fire after The New York Times released an expose on Oct. 5 that detailed decades of sexual harassment allegations made against the Hollywood producer by actresses and employees. On Tuesday, the New Yorker reported the movie mogul had sexually assaulted three women.

This combination photo shows Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2016, left, and his brother Bob Weinstein at the premiere of "Sin City," in Los Angeles on March 28, 2005. Harvey Weinstein was fired Sunday by the Weinstein Co., the studio he co-founded with his brother Bob, after a bombshell New York Times expose alleged decades of crude sexual behavior on his part toward female employees and actresses. (AP Photo/File)

Bob Weinstein (left) said he and his brother Harvey have not had a relationship for years.


Following the bombshell allegations, a number of A-list stars came out to condemn the producer and some, such as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, told their own uncomfortable experiences with Weinstein.

When The Hollywood Reporter asked Bob how he did not know of his brother’s misconduct, Weinstein said he had spoken to Harvey only a few times “on any personal level” in the last five years. However, Bob said he was aware of Harvey “philandering with every woman he could meet.”

“I was sick and disgusted by his actions. But that’s the extent of what [I knew]. I said, “Harvey, you’re just cheating. Why do you constantly cheat?” I could see it. But I wasn’t in the room with him,” Bob Weinstein said.

“For me, I thought he was literally just going out there cheating in a pervasive way,” Bob said. “It wasn’t like he even had a mistress. It was one after another and that I was aware of. But as far as being in a room and hearing the description in “The New York Times?” No way. No f—–g way was I aware that that was the type of predator that he was. And the way he convinced people to do things? I thought they were all consensual situations.”

“I have a brother that’s indefensible and crazy,” Bob said. “I want him to get the justice that he deserves.”

Bob went on to say his brother was a “bully,” “arrogant” and “treated people like s—t all the time.”

Bob said employees would come into his office in tears due to something Harvey said to them.

On Sunday, Harvey was fired from the Weinstein Company. Bob confirmed he was on the board that fired his brother. Harvey planned to fight the firing.


“Anybody can do what they want to do. I cannot control other people’s actions. But he was fired by the board, okay? I was on that board. I fired him. He can fight. It will be a losing fight,” Weinstein said.

Weinstein said he was going to change the company’s name and he was still planning on the future of the studio’s shares.

Bob Weinstein told the media outlet he was personally going to write a letter to the Academy to get Harvey booted and would be cooperating with police in their investigation.

Weinstein concluded that he felt “mortified” and “disgusted” by Harvey’s actions and he was “sick” for the victims.

“I’m mortified and disgusted by my brother’s actions. And I am sick for the victims. And I feel for them. I feel for them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Harvey Weinstein expelled from motion picture academy


Harvey Weinstein, once one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences  Saturday amid a barrage of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations going back decades. 

In a statement, the Academy, as it is commonly known, said “well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” of its members voted to oust Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company. 

“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues,” read the statement from the Academy’s Board of Governors, “but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”

The Academy held an emergency session to discuss the allegations against Weinstein, which were reported by The New Yorker and The New York Times. 

The move by the Academy, the world’s top movie organization and home to the Oscars, is almost unprecedented.

Weinstein was ousted a week ago from The Weinstein Co., which now is struggling to survive this scandal.

He has denied the accusations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Harvey Weinstein Says Oprah Called to Support Him, But Her Team Says BS


Harvey Weinstein

Oprah’s Called to Support Me

Her Team Says BS

10/14/2017 1:00 AM PDT


Harvey Weinstein says Oprah Winfrey called him to say she was ready to come out and publicly support him, but Oprah’s people say it’s simply not true.

Our sources say Harvey has repeatedly told his team and friends that Oprah called him earlier this week and said he needed to speak out and defend himself, and when he did she would be right there supporting him. We’re told Harvey has said a number of powerful people have called to voice support, but he singled out Oprah over and over.

Oprah’s spokesperson tells TMZ, “Oprah has not spoken to Harvey Weinstein directly. Someone from his team reached out to her to see if she would talk to him, and she said she would if it was for an interview. There are no plans for an interview at this time.”

Oprah’s rep tells us Oprah was interested in doing a “60 Minutes” interview with Weinstein, but made it clear, “She was only interested if he’d look in the mirror and give her the honest, bone marrow truth.”

Oprah posted a statement Thursday, saying, “I’ve been processing the accounts of Harvey Weinstein’s behavior and haven’t been able to find the words to articulate the magnitude of the situation.”

She then quotes filmmaker James Schamus, who said, “This is the story of one predator and his many victims; but it is also a story about an overwhelming systemic enabling, and until that story is fully told we will fall far short of stopping future depredations on a similar scale.”


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Courtney Love Warned Actresses in 2005 to Stay Clear of Harvey Weinstein


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Warned Actresses in 2005

Stay Clear of Weinstein

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More proof of the biggest lie in Hollywood … that no one knew about the shenanigans of Harvey Weinstein

We found this video — circa 2005 — from the red carpet event for the Pamela Anderson Comedy Central Roast. 

Courtney Love is asked if she has advice for young women trying to make it in Hollywood. She hesitates — fearing what she says could land her in court — but then she goes for it, warning women to decline an invite from Weinstein at a swanky Bev Hills hotel. 

Love was not afraid to be seen in public with Weinstein. Here she is in 2012 with Jessica Chastain, interacting with Harvey Weinstein at the Sunset Tower Hotel.


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Eva Green Says Harvey Weinstein ‘Behaved Inappropriately… I had to Push Him Off’ (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety


Eva Green says she was left “shocked and disgusted” by an incident in which she alleges Harvey Weinstein made an inappropriate advance. Green’s mother talked about her daughter’s experience with Weinstein in a French radio interview yesterday, Friday, and having not spoken about it before, Green has now broken her silence.

In a statement issue to Variety she said that the incident with Weinstein took place in Paris during a business meeting and that she had to push off the disgraced Hollywood producer. She added that she had wanted to maintain her privacy but after hearing the stories other women have come forward with regarding Weinstein, wanted to speak out.

Eva Green’s statement in full: “I wish to address comments made by my mother in a recent interview regarding Harvey Weinstein.  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.

“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.

“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.”

Green starred in “Sin City” with which Weinstein was involved. She has also starred in Bond film “Casino Royale,” and the Showtime series “Penny Dreadful.” She is currently working on Tim Burton’s live-action adaptation of “Dumbo.”


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Harvey Weinstein sex scandal: Detailing the allegations


Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct toward women spanning decades. Newly detailed allegations include rape, harassment and assault.

Actresses Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the women who have spoken publicly about alleged incidents involving Weinstein.

Here’s what he has been accused of, based on recent reports.

Thursday, October 5

An Oct. 5 expose from The New York Times detailed Weinstein’s alleged misconduct — and said that the Hollywood titan has made eight settlements with women. 

“Scream” actress Rose McGowan was paid a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein in 1997 following a hotel room incident, The Times reported. The settlement wasn’t an admission of guilt, the paper described a legal document as saying.

The Times report also detailed how Weinstein, while in a bathrobe in his hotel room, had asked if he could give actress Ashley Judd a massage or if the star could watch him take a shower.

“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Judd told the newspaper she recalled thinking.

Former employees told The Times that an unnamed Miramax employee left the company not long after an alleged incident involving the producer. The employees said that the woman received a settlement. 

In 1998, Zelda Perkins, a former production assistant with Miramax, allegedly confronted Weinstein, and told him to stop his “inappropriate requests or comments in hotel rooms,” The New York Times reported.

Perkins, now working as a theater producer in London, was reportedly concerned for other women working in the office, and threatened Weinstein’s behavior with legal action, according to former coworkers.

FILE - In this March 18, 2014, file photo, Ashley Judd arrives at the world premiere of "Divergent" at the Westwood Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles. Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Co., effective immediately, following new information revealed regarding his conduct, the company's board of directors announced Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. The New York Times article chronicled allegations against Weinstein from film star Ashley Judd and former employees at both The Weinstein Co. and Weinstein's former company, Miramax. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Actress Ashley Judd is one of the multiple women who came forward and detailed the alleged sexual harassment she experienced from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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The Times reported that Miramax negotiated a settlement with Perkins and her lawyer, and Perkins declined to discuss what happened with the newspaper.

Emily Nestor, a temporary employee of Weinstein’s, said he’d made sexual advances to her as well, promising he’d help with her career, according to the report.

Additionally, The Times reported an incident with Weinstein and an unnamed assistant, who he reportedly tried to convince to give him a massage while he stood naked in front of her at a hotel, which left her “crying and very distraught,” according to a memo by Lauren O’Connor.

In O’Connor’s 2015 memo, in which she penned several accounts of women in the company and the atmosphere Weinstein’s advances created, she recalled how Weinstein would ask her to meet with aspiring actresses after they’d have meetings with him in his hotel room.

She wrote how she felt that she was being used to build relationships with “vulnerable women who hope he will get them work.” O’Connor reportedly settled with Weinstein. 

Laura Madden detailed to The Times how Weinstein had asked her more than once for massages at hotels and how he would constantly make her re-evaluate herself after rejecting him.

“It was so manipulative,” Madden said. “You constantly question yourself – am I the one who is the problem?”

Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, an Italian model and actress, met with Weinstein at his office in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in 2015, The Times reported. But Gutierrez reportedly called the police hours later saying Weinstein had grabbed her breasts, while asking if they were real, and put his hand up her skirt. 

Charges were ultimately not filed against Weinstein, and he and Gutierrez reportedly agreed to a settlement, according to anonymous sources who spoke with The Times.

Overall, eight women detailed their alleged inappropriate interactions with Weinstein to The New York Times. The report alleges that various employees were asked to perform “turndown duty” for Weinstein, which included getting him ready for bed at night and also waking him up in the morning.

“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” Weinstein told The Times in a statement. “Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”

Rebecca Traister, a reporter for The Cut, discussed in an essay about how she encountered Weinstein while covering one of his book parties in early 2000. She claimed he screamed at her for a question she asked, calling her an obscene name.

When her boyfriend and colleague intervened and tried to get Weinstein to apologize to her, she said “Weinstein went nuclear.” He reportedly pushed her boyfriend down a set of stairs and dragged him out to the street in a headlock.

Traister said the altercation was later described as “a case of an aggressive reporter barging into a party she wasn’t invited to and asking impertinent questions.”

Friday, October 6

Fox 11’s Lauren Sivan detailed an alleged 2007 encounter with Weinstein in a HuffPost report. Sivan said that while working for local station News 12 Long Island, Weinstein cornered her in the hallway of a Manhattan restaurant closed to the public and masturbated in front of her.

Sivan said she had rejected an attempt by Weinstein to kiss her and told him she had a boyfriend. “Well, can you just stand there and shut up,” she claims he responded prior to allegedly masturbating. 

“Luckily I didn’t need a job or favor from him + didn’t have to be polite,” Sivan tweeted Friday. “Others did. Keep that in mind.”

In another tweet, she said, “For those asking why I waited? YOU try telling that story 10yrs ago. Only possible now because of women with bigger names far braver than me.”

She later spoke about the alleged incident on Megyn Kelly’s NBC show Monday.

In a tweet which has since been deleted, “Shaun of the Dead” actress Jessica Hynes recounted an alleged incident involving Weinstein, People reported.

“I was offered a film role at 19,” the 44-year-old reportedly wrote on Twitter. She alleged that Weinstein “came on board and wanted me to screen test in a bikini. I refused & lost the job.”

Saturday, October 7

Former model Zoe Brock wrote in a blog post for Medium that in 1997, when she was 23, she was “Harveyed.” Brock said she “had no intention of leading” Weinstein on, and “felt safe in his company to be” herself.

Weinstein allegedly tricked her into going to his hotel room, where she found herself with no phone and no cash. He appeared naked and asked her for a massage, she said, adding that she felt “uncomfortable.”

Brock eventually, according to her blog post, got Weinstein to let her leave. 

Sunday, October 8

The Wrap Editor in Chief Sharon Waxman arrives at The Wrap Pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles, California February 22, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - GM1E82N140W01

The Wrap founder Sharon Waxman said she was working on a story about allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein but the article was eventually “gutted” after “intense pressure” from the movie mogul.

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The Wrap founder Sharon Waxman claimed in an article that while working for The New York Times in 2004, she “got the green light to look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein.”

Waxman said she was able to find the man in charge of Miramax Italy. Citing “multiple accounts,” she alleged that “his real job was to take care of Weinstein’s women needs, among other things.”

Waxman claimed she was able to find “a woman in London who had been paid off after an unwanted sexual encounter with Weinstein,” she recalled in her piece.

However, Waxman alleged that there had been “intense pressure from Weinstein,” with the article “gutted.”

“The story was stripped of any reference to sexual favors or coercion and buried on the inside of the Culture section, an obscure story about Miramax firing an Italian executive,” she wrote.

“Our former colleague Sharon Waxman wrote about a story that was published in The Times in 2004,” a Times spokesperson told Fox News. “No one currently at The Times has knowledge of editorial decisions made on that story. But in general the only reason a story or specific information would be held is if it did not meet our standards for publication.”

British writer Liza Campbell alleged in an essay published in The Sunday Times of London that Weinstein suggested she take a bath with him at a hotel. Weinstein had earlier “offered me freelance script-reading for Miramax,” she wrote. 

“Soon I was sent the script of Shakespeare in Love to summarise and critique, followed by The Usual Suspects,” she wrote. “And then the scripts stopped coming. I rang the Miramax offices, but nothing happened.” 

She says that in a phone call with Weinstein, she told the producer that “everything had stuttered to a halt. He said: “You better come to my hotel and we’ll sort this out.””

When she met him at his suite, there were initially several assistants present, but “suddenly all the assistants vanished,” Campbell claimed. She said they talked for several minutes before Weinstein left the room, and that she thought he’d gone to the restroom. 

“I could hear him moving around and suddenly the sound of bath taps running. ‘What do you say we both jump in the bath?’ he hollered,” she wrote. 

Weinstein also allegedly told her, “Come on, it’ll be fun. We can drink champagne. You can soap me — whaddaya say?”

Campbell claimed to tell the producer loudly, “If you come back into this room with no clothes on I’m going to f****** lose my temper.”

She says she got out using one door, after she found that two others were locked.

A Weinstein representative told the newspaper that the producer “will not respond to allegations about private matters in a public forum.”

Monday, October 9 

Louise Godbold alleged in an essay published online Monday that “in the early ‘90s, I too was one of the young women he preyed upon.” Godbold is an executive director for a Los Angeles nonprofit, Variety reports. 

“The details of what I have learned was not unique to me are out there now – the office tour that became an occasion to trap me in an empty meeting room, the begging for a massage, his hands on my shoulders as I attempted to beat a retreat… all while not wanting to alienate the most powerful man in Hollywood,” she wrote. 

Godbold recalled “the girlfriend who had introduced me to Harvey and was angry with me after he called her wanting to make sure I wasn’t going to make a complaint about his behavior.” 

Tuesday, October 10 

Ronan Farrow published a piece in The New Yorker which reported that 13 women alleged they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Weinstein. 

Former aspiring actress Lucia Evans went on the record to allege Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a meeting.

“I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough,” she told The New Yorker. “I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.” 

Actress-director Asia Argento, the daughter of famed horror filmmaker Dario Argento, claimed that when she was 21 in 1997, she was invited to what she believed was a Miramax party, but ended up in a hotel room with just Weinstein in it, the report said.

Weinstein left the room, but came back in a bathrobe and asked her for a massage, the report claimed. She “reluctantly” said she would before Weinstein went on to forcibly perform oral sex, the report alleged.

Argento claimed that Weinstein would contact her after the alleged assault, and that she would later have consensual relations with the movie mogul. 

“I felt I had to,” Argento explained to The New Yorker regarding the initial such time. “Because I had the movie coming out and I didn’t want to anger him.”

An unnamed woman claimed to The New Yorker that Weinstein brought her to a hotel room before he changed into a bathrobe and “forced himself” on her. She reportedly thought about going to authorities, but decided not to.

She later maintained professional relations with the producer, the report said. “I was in a vulnerable position and I needed my job,” she explained. 

Actress Mira Sorvino described an alleged 1995 hotel room incident with Weinstein to the publication. 

“He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” Sorvino said. She reportedly left after saying it went against her faith to date married men. 

An unnamed actress locked herself in a bathroom at a hotel so as to avoid the producer, she told The New Yorker. The actress also reportedly alleged that Weinstein masturbated in front of her. 

The article also cited a 2015 audio recording made by the New York Police Department wherein Weinstein admits to groping Battilana Gutierrez, mentioned earlier in the Times piece.

The New Yorker article also described a meeting at a Beverly Hills hotel between Weinstein and Weinstein Company temp Emily Nestor, who was also mentioned in the Times report. Nestor, it said, refused his offer to be placed in his London office and be his girlfriend, and she also refused to hold his hand. 

Weinstein, she alleged, told her, “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.”

The producer, she claimed, also allegedly said “that he’d never had to do anything like Bill Cosby.”

“Nestor had a conversation with company officials about the matter but didn’t pursue it further: the officials said that Weinstein would be informed of anything she told them, a practice not uncommon in smaller businesses,” Farrow wrote. 

The report also described how French actress Emma de Caunes had a lunch meeting with Weinstein at a Paris hotel, and that he mentioned he had a movie adaptation of a book in the works.

Weinstein, according to the report, allegedly asked her to go with him to his room to get the book, and de Caunes answered her phone while Weinstein went into the bathroom. de Caunes recalled Weinstein later allegedly emerging from the bathroom nude with an erection. 

The producer, she claims, told her to lay down on the bed. de Caunes ultimately fled the room. 

Actress Rosanna Arquette and the producer were to have a dinner meeting during which she’d get a script at a hotel in Beverly Hills, and Arquette was told to go to his room, The New Yorker report said. Weinstein allegedly was wearing a bathrobe when he opened the door and claimed to need a massage. 

Arquette, according to the report, said that she could give him a masseuse recommendation. During the encounter, she alleges that Weinstein tried to lead her hand to his erect penis. She turned him down. 

Both Arquette and Sorvino allege that refusing Weinstein impacted their careers. 

“There may have been other factors, but I definitely felt iced out and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it,” Sorvino told The New Yorker. 

The New Yorker article recounted an alleged incident between Weinstein and actress Jessica Barth at a Beverly Hills hotel. At his hotel room, the report described how Weinstein allegedly “alternated between offering to cast her in a film and demanding a naked massage in bed.”

Barth refused to give him a massage and while she was leaving Weinstein offered a meeting with a female executive, according to the article. 

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Weinstein spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister told The New Yorker. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. 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. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”

Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie were among the women in a follow-up New York Times piece published Tuesday who allege Weinstein harassed them. Arquette also spoke to the newspaper. 

Paltrow described Weinstein’s attempt to lure her, as a then-22-year-old aspiring actress, into giving him a massage in a hotel room. The incident prompted her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt to confront Weinstein at a film premiere. The producer, according to the report, allegedly ordered Paltrow not to tell people about what happened. 

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow poses at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Art+Film Gala in Los Angeles, October 29, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok - S1BEUJWQOSAC

Gwyneth Paltrow was allegedly sexually harassed by Weinstein, according to a New York Times report.

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Jolie also turned down Weinstein, who allegedly hit on her in a hotel room in the 1990s, the report said. 

“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, now 42, told the Times in email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

The Times report also recounted a meeting between Tomi-Ann Roberts and Weinstein. Weinstein was naked in a bathrobe when she showed up, Roberts alleges. He also allegedly said her audition would be better if she got naked.  She turned him down and left, according to the Times report.  

Actress Katherine Kendall told the Times that she was at Weinstein’s apartment when he came back from the bathroom in a bathrobe and requested a massage. Weinstein exited the room and came back naked after she said no, Kendall alleged. 

Kendall claims that Weinstein chased her around the room and that he also asked her to show him her breasts, which she declined. 

While in a hotel suite with Weinstein in 1996, French actress Judith Godrèche turned down his alleged request for a massage, the Times reported. She claimed Weinstein later tried “pressing against me and pulling off my sweater.” She left the room. 

Actress Dawn Dunning claims that Weinstein offered her contracts for his next three movies as long as she would have three-way sex with him, according to the Times report. She took off. 

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” Hofmeister told the Times in a statement. “Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.”

A report published early Tuesday by The Guardian described how Weinstein allegedly wore just a robe during a hotel room meeting with British actress Romola Garai

“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 publication. “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.”

“The point was that he could get a young woman to do that, that I didn’t have a choice, that it was humiliating for me and that he had the power,” the 35-year-old “Atonement” actress said. 

Also Tuesday, former actress and screenwriter Louisette Geiss alleged that Weinstein appeared in an open bathrobe with no clothes on during a meeting at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. She claims that Weinstein asked several times that she watch him masturbate during the 2008 encounter. 

Geiss made the allegations during a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred, who invited Weinstein to meet with his alleged victims in a mediation or arbitration process.

Geiss said in a statement that she is coming forward to help give voice to other alleged victims of sexual harassment. She said her experience with Weinstein led to her departure from the entertainment industry. She now works in real estate.

Actress Heather Graham said Weinstein implied she would have to sleep with him for a role in a Tuesday column for Variety.

She described a meeting with Weinstein in the early 2000s “in which he mentioned that he had an agreement with his wife. He could sleep with whomever he wanted when he was out of town.”

“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 alleged. 

Graham says she later skipped a meeting with Weinstein at a hotel because her actress friend who was supposed to come along said she was unable to attend. 

“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,” she wrote. “It wasn’t until Ashley Judd heroically shared her story a few days ago that I felt ashamed.”

Wednesday, October 11 

Actress and supermodel Cara Delevingne took to Instagram to describe her encounters with Weinstein. 

“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 in the middle with,” the statement said. The model said she didn’t answer his questions and “hurried off the phone.” 

She also described a later incident where Weinstein asked her to come his hotel room. 

“I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside,” the statement said. “She said it wasn’t and wouldn’t be for a bit and I should go to his room.” 

The model said she felt “powerless” and that in the room, there was a second woman. 

“He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction,” she alleged. “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.”

Actress Léa Seydoux told The Guardian that at the beginning of her career, during a conversation with Weinstein, he jumped toward her and attempted to kiss her.

“We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me,” Seydoux said. “I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him.”

The “Spectre” actress added: “He tried more than once,” and described Weinstein as “very domineering” and “losing control.” Seydoux told the news outlet that she “pushed him physically. I think he respected me because I resisted him.”

Actress Sarah Ann Masse described to Variety how Weinstein allegedly was in just his undergarments during her 2008 interview for a nanny position at his house in Connecticut. 

“Harvey Weinstein opened the door in his boxer shorts and an undershirt. My first thought was, ‘Oh, this is weird. Maybe he forgot this interview is happening. Maybe he thought I was the mailman. I’m sure he’ll be embarrassed and excuse himself and get changed.’ But he didn’t,” she told the publication. 

She claims he asked in the job interview, “You would never flirt with my friends or anyone to get ahead?” and that she told him no. 

Masse claimed at the end he “gave me this really tight, close hug that lasted for quite a long period of time. He was still in his underwear. Then he told me he loved me. I left right after that.”

Thursday, October 12 

Actress Kate Beckinsale said in an Instagram post that when she was 17 years old, she was invited to meet Weinstein at a hotel. 

She says she thought the meeting would happen in a conference room, but she was directed to Weinstein’s room instead. 

“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 alleged. “After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left, uneasy but unscathed.”

Weinstein, she claims, asked her a few years down the line “if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting.”

The actress said she “realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not.” 

“I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a c*** and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh “Kate lives to say no to me,” she wrote. 

British actress Claire Forlani also posted a statement on Twitter in which she claimed that she “escaped 5 times.” 

She said there had been two night meetings at a hotel with Weinstein “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.”

Forlani alleged there were three dinners and she recalled him listing “all the actresses who had slept with him and what he had done for them.” 

Earlier in her statement, Forlani revealed Ronan Farrow had contacted her, but that she didn’t take part in The New Yorker expose.

“Today I sit here feeling some shame,” she confided.

French actress Florence Darel alleged to Le Parisien in a French-language interview that Weinstein hit on her in a hotel room in 1995 — with his wife in the next room.

“He started to tell me that he found me very attractive and wanted to have relations with me,” Darel, now 49, said. “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. That way we could continue to work together. Basically, it was ‘If you want to continue in America, you have to go through me.’”

Darel says she left.

English actor Sophie Dix, who was 22 in the 1990s when she met Weinstein, said her possible career path was “massively cut down” after an experience with the producer, according to The Guardian.

Dix said she found herself in a hotel room with Weinstein, and “all the alarm bells starting ringing.” She was in bed with Weinstein “tugging at her clothes,” before she hid in the bathroom. Once she opened the door, she saw him “standing there masturbating.”

It was then she decided not to pursue acting. “I decided if this is what being an actress is like, I don’t want it,” Dix said. 

Friday, October 13

Actress and former model Angie Everhart claimed Weinstein masturbated in front of her on a yacht more than 10 years ago, according to an interview she did with TMZ.

The incident allegedly occurred after Everhart had arrived in France for the Cannes Film Festival, she said. Feeling jetlagged, she reportedly fell asleep in one of the cabins. She later woke up to the sight of Weinstein in her room, blocking the door and masturbating, she said. 

Despite him telling her not to, Everhart said she “told everyone” about what happened, including producers and other actors. But everyone reportedly shrugged off the situation saying, “oh that’s just Harvey.”

She said everybody knew what he was doing to women but no one said anything about it until the Times article was published on Oct. 5. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Harvey Weinstein is Hollywood’s Silicon Valley Moment


A few days ago, Chelsea Handler took to Twitter and blew the horn of war. “This is the year of the woman,” she wrote. “From Fox, to Silicon Valley, to Hollywood. We may have lost the election, but it raised sleeping lions.” It was October 8—more than a year after Fox News head Roger Ailes stepped down amidst sexual harassment allegations. A year and a day after then-candidate Donald Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape was released. Three months after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned amid allegations of ignored sexual harassment complaints within his company 1. Three days after The New York Times published its bombshell exposé uncovering years of sexual harassment allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein—and the very same day he was fired from the studio he had helped found. The lions, it seemed, were awake.

Truth be told, anyone could have written that tweet. But having it be Handler felt right. She’s worked in Hollywood for years, and as her eponymous Netflix show has shown, she knows both Tinsel Town and Silicon Valley well. She was the perfect person to articulate an idea that had been percolating for a while. Harvey Weinstein wasn’t the first person in Hollywood to be accused of sexual misconduct; far from it. Neither were Ailes or the folks at tech companies. But something about them finally facing repercussions has led to a lot of people—survivors and allies alike—being fully fed up.

It took a while to get there, though. As Rachel Maddow pointed out in a segment on her show earlier this week, the rape accusations against Bill Cosby lingered for years; they didn’t start getting widespread attention until comedian Hannibal Buress’ standup routine about them went viral, giving more and more women the courage to come forward. Similarly, in Silicon Valley, Susan Fowler’s blog post about sexist behavior at Uber became a watershed moment for the examination of the treatment of women in tech. In the months since, Google fired James Damore, the author of a sexist anti-diversity memo, women have come forward at other companies to discuss their treatment, and a California state senator has introduced a bill—SB 224—that would update the California civil code to better protect women from sexual harassment in Silicon Valley. Undoubtedly, it’s been a reckoning.

All told, more than a dozen women have come forth with stories about Weinstein’s behavior. What’s been most remarkable, though, is how they’re coming forward. Once the floodgates opened, new stories—and shows of support—started spreading, courtesy of tools Silicon Valley created.

And now, with Harvey Weinstein, that reckoning has come to Hollywood. Obviously, sexist behavior in the industry has been an issue for some time, from the lack of female representation in films and behind the camera to the alleged patterns of behavior from someone like Cosby. (And, lest we forget, Trump’s “grab ’em by the pussy” comment came from a show called Access Hollywood, captured back in the day when he was “a star.”)

But what has made the story about Weinstein feel so different is the speed and voracity with which his accusers have come forward—and the volume at which they’ve been heard. Just a few days after the Times story, The New Yorker published its own monster investigation that detailed even more allegations against Weinstein, including rape, and that same day the Times published a follow-up piece wherein even more women came forward with tales of misconduct by the producer. (Weinstein has denied the allegations, and said through a spokesperson that he’s seeking counseling. Meanwhile, in the wake of the reports, the New York Police Department has launched a probe into Weinstein.)

If you’re a woman working in the world of entertainment, you may not be particularly shocked about the allegations against Weinstein. But you’re likely surprised at how swiftly people rallied to the side of the women who spoke out, instead of disregarding what they said. All told, more than a dozen women have come forth with stories about Weinstein’s behavior. (I’d give a specific number but it seems to change by the hour.)

What’s been most remarkable, though, is how they’re coming forward. Actress Ashley Judd was amongst the first in the pages of the Times, followed by Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Actress/director Asia Argento came forward in the New Yorker piece. But once the floodgates opened, new stories—and shows of support—began to spread, courtesy of tools Silicon Valley created. Cara Delevingne and Kate Beckinsale both shared stories via Instagram. Just yesterday, actress Claire Forlani posted a statement on Twitter saying that she’d been approached by Ronan Farrow, who wrote the New Yorker piece, but had declined to comment since some men around her had advised against it. “You see, nothing happened to me with Harvey,” she wrote. “By that I mean I escaped five times.”

One of the most vocal about Weinstein on social media throughout the aftermath has been actress Rose McGowan, whom the original Times piece identified as having reached a settlement with the producer years ago, following an incident in a hotel during the Sundance Film Festival. Since the story published, she’s taken to Twitter to call for a dissolution of the board of the Weinstein Company, and to call out people in Hollywood who claimed they had no knowledge of Weinstein’s actions.

Early Thursday morning, Twitter suspended McGowan’s account, claiming she had violated the service’s rules. The company later clarified that it was because she had posted a private phone number (probably the one in a screencapped email she’d posted Wednesday). Fair enough, but as half of the internet—including McGowan herself—was all too eager to point out, that was a rich justification coming from a platform that seems to be fine with white supremacist Richard Spencer and doesn’t consider President Trump’s tweets to be harassing. Users even threatened to boycott Twitter today over the actress’ suspension.

Twitter, when explaining its reasoning for the suspension, added it is “proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories.” The company, like Facebook, has increasingly come under scrutiny for how it has handled harassment and free speech on its platforms. It hasn’t always done well (just ask Zoë Quinn), but if McGowan and her #RoseArmy show anything, it’s that if women are given a platform to speak out, and are believed, their voices have a shot of being louder than their detractors’.

In a curious twist, Deadline reported earlier this week that there might be a movie in the works about Susan Fowler’s experience’s at Uber. Once upon a time, it could’ve easily been a Weinstein Company movie—but at this moment it’s uncertain what the future of the company looks like. Talking with Maddow in a follow-up segment on her show this week, The New Yorker’s Farrow noted that one of the reasons the women who talked to him came forward was because Weinstein doesn’t wield as much power as he used to. Then he added this: “I actually don’t think this is a Hollywood phenomenon. I don’t think this about Harvey Weinstein, ultimately. I don’t think this is about the film industry, ultimately. The abuse of power is a phenomenon we see over and over again in industry after industry. … [There are] a fusillade of attacks that women face when they speak out and that’s why it’s so brave what they’ve done here.”

Yet, the willingness of sources to speak shows the tides are shifting, the lions are awake, and the powerful—or at least the corrupt among them—are losing their grip. On Wednesday night, Samantha Bee dedicated a full segment to Weinstein on Full Frontal, detailing the reporting on the mogul, as well as conservative media’s attempt to use it to bash left-leaning Hollywood. She ended by noting that sexual harassment is a problem in every industry, not just film. “So listen up creeps of Hollywood: We know who you are,” she concluded. “Women talk to each other, and we talk to journalists, and we talk to lawyers. It’s 2017, and we don’t have to put up with this shit. We are coming for you. Talk to every woman you work with like she has The New York Times on speed-dial. … Talk to every woman like she has me on speed-dial.”

Or, better yet, treat every woman like she has a smartphone—and people who believe her.

1 UPDATE 5:32 ET 10/13/17: This story has been updated to better reflect the fact that Kalanick himself was not the target of any sexual harassment allegations.


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Allison Janney talks Harvey Weinstein scandal, women in Hollywood at Betty White’s big night


Allison Janney believes there needs to be more accountability when it comes to how women in show business are treated.

The “Mom” star told Fox News on Thursday that in order to prevent further mistreatment of women, people need to look out for each other in the work place.

“We all have to be responsible for the people around that we work [with] — so if you see something say something,” she said at the Paley Center Gala honoring Betty White.

The topic was on Janney’s mind as allegations claiming movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped, assaulted and harassed women for decades continue to amass. The scandal has also started to widen, as the head of Amazon Studios was suspended over harassment allegatinos, and Rose McGowan called out Amazon’s head honcho Jeff Bezos for the company’s business dealings with Weinstein.

“We need to stand up,” Janney said. “Women should be heard and out of this they will be more powerful.”

Janney attended the Paley Center event and introduced White to the stage along with Pamela Adlon.

“She has the career I envy the most because of her longevity in this business and every character she has done in television has become iconic,” Janney explained. “I’m so proud to be here tonight to celebrate with her.”

Adlon, of “King of the Hill,” was excited to be asked to introduce the 95-year-old comedic actress, whom she hadn’t met before Thursday’s event.

“I’ve been watching her my whole life, I’m inspired by her,” she explained. “She precedes me and she is still moving forward — incredible inspiration for everybody. She does what she does, she’s still acting. She is still working, she is still saving animals and doing her own thing. And she is just a kind beautiful soul, I’ve never met her but I feel like I know her.”



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Weinstein scandal — Can Democrats afford to cut Hollywood loose?


Last year at the 89th Annual Academy Awards, then-Vice President Joe Biden walked on stage to a standing ovation to introduce Lady Gaga. He gave a passionate speech on the topic of campus sexual assault, about the need to speak up and “intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given.”

In 2013, Michelle Obama appeared at the Oscars via satellite from the White House decked in full evening gown and flanked by U.S. military service members to announce the winner of the best picture Oscar, which just so happened to go to director Ben Affleck’s “Argo.”

These are just two of the most prominent examples of how closely the Obama administration – and with it, the Democratic Party – has been tied to Hollywood, using them as messengers to push their agenda out to the mass public.

The late night hosts who only last week were happy to help Chuck Schumer push the Democrats’ gun control message are suddenly mute when it comes to Weinstein. And this is exactly where the Democrats find themselves in a bind. The party has depended on celebrity messaging for eight years.

It’s also the reason why Democrats can’t easily undo their connections to the sexual assault scandal involving super mogul Harvey Weinstein that is currently rocking the foundations of the industry.

Weinstein once stated that Hollywood “has the best moral compass, because it has compassion” – and for the past eight or so years, the Democratic Party has embraced Weinstein and his philosophy on Hollywood.

The flirtations between the party and Hollywood were not simply brief cameos at awards shows. President Obama used Hollywood to push almost every social action program his administration rolled out.

On ObamaCare, he enrolled the likes of Lebron James in a promotional video, Bill Murray in an Oval Office visit, and his famous “Between Two Ferns” appearance with Zach Galifianakis. Several celebrities, including Amy Pohler, Connie Britton, Olivia Wilde and Lady Gaga, Mark Ruffalo, Alyssa Milano and Mia Farrow participated in hashtag campaigns to “#GetCovered”. Liberal news outlet Mother Jones was kind enough to cull most of them into one piece.

When Obama wanted to give the impression he was tackling prison reform, he went to HBO and Vice. On Opioid abuse, he enlisted pop rapper Macklemore and MTV to film a video at the White House. Tom Hanks wrote about the virtues of free community college for the New York Times. Christina Hendricks was invited by the White House to speak at a family values summit. Alison Janney of West Wing fame cameoed to a twitterpated White House press corps.

On the Iran Deal, Obama enlisted Morgan Freeman as well as comedian and nuclear physicist Jack Black. Saturday Night Live, which refused to address the Weinstein scandal altogether last weekend, sang “To Sir With Love” to send Obama off into the sunset after eight years of Hollywood doting. By the end of his term, Obama had gone full Hollywood, appearing with Jerry Seinfeld simply for the fun of it.

This was why, despite very few actual legislative accomplishments, Obama’s presidency always felt more relevant in the moment than perhaps it actually was. It was so intertwined with the same faces in our culture that we see on magazine stands, album covers, movie screens and sitcoms. Obama always felt fresh and cool among the Hollywood elite, despite his party being decimated out from underneath him in consecutive congressional wave elections.

Obama and his administration wanted to be as much a part of Hollywood as Hollywood wanted to be a part of him. This was his chosen path to push his agenda — through the people in culture with the loudest microphones whom he felt could influence the largest number of people to fall in line with his ideas.

Hillary Clinton tried to mimic this same strategy with her campaign, enlisting athletes, TV stars and pop stars to help drag her over the finish line. Clinton chose high-priced Hollywood fundraisers at the homes of stars like Gwenyth Paltrow over campaign stops in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Names such as George Clooney (also a personal friend of the Obamas), Ben Affleck and Matt Damon offered public support. Clooney alone raised $1.5 million for Clinton at a fundraiser in April of last year, with such names as Spielberg and Katzenberg in attendance.

Clinton regularly appeared on the campaign trail next to celebs such as Jay Z (a personal friend of Weinstein’s) and Beyoncé. Lena Dunham appeared with her in Ohio (a state she lost), as did the cast of the long defunct “West Wing.” Katy Perry was a Clinton campaign staple, even outfitting herself in dresses with Hillary’s slogan and logos. Actress Elizabeth Banks appeared at the Democratic Convention this past year, expertly mocking Donald Trump’s strobe light spaceship entrance onto the stage.

None of this, it seems, worked against Trump – who was able to tap into the forgotten voters of the rural rustbelt. These are the voters who don’t much care what Jimmy Kimmel or Sean Penn or Leonardo DiCaprio are preaching to them about the Earth’s climate or gun control – maybe because they’re more worried about the fact that they can’t afford their health care premium and have to use money to pay for their ObamaCare tax penalty that they could have used to fix their house, or car, or take their family on a vacation instead.

In fact, it seems the more Democrats have depended on Hollywood stars to sell their message, the more that most of the middle class in the middle of the country have tuned them out as their legislative and electoral majorities shrink.

Actress Alyssa Milano and other entertainment types campaigned actively for Democrat John Ossoff, who lost a money-soaked election in Georgia’s 6th District in June. Hollywood was also vocal in Montana’s May congressional election, where Republican Greg Gianforte coasted to victory, even after being charged for assaulting a reporter only days before. 

The question now, heading into 2018 and 2020, is where does the party go without its celebrity base – which they have almost no choice but to shun in the fallout surrounding Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s pathetically lame (and delayed) response to the “open secret” (according to many) of his decades-long sexual exploitation of women.

Weinstein’s connections run deeper than simple campaign donations. Weinstein sold influence. He was so “in” among the Democratic Power Base that President Obama felt comfortable enough allowing his teenage daughter to intern for his film company. For the Democrats and their party, hoping to catch the coattails of the Obama cool they’ve been severely lacking since his exit, severing their connections to an industry facing a crisis of character will be easier said than done.

The late night hosts who only last week were happy to help Chuck Schumer push the Democrats’ gun control message are suddenly mute when it comes to Weinstein. And this is exactly where the Democrats find themselves in a bind. The party has depended on celebrity messaging for the better part of eight years, and were clearly planning to depend on it heading into the 2018 and 2020 elections (remember Maxine Waters appearing to raucous applause as a voice of The Resistance™ at the MTV Movie Awards?).

But the days of happy backslapping with Ben Affleck and George Clooney are coming to an end for a party that now has to distance itself from celebrity-spokespeople who were content to lecture the rest of the country about their religion, their guns or their politics – but who couldn’t seem to bring themselves to clean up their own house by calling out one of their closest friends and business colleagues for preying upon vulnerable young women – for years. 

If the Democrats were a smart party – and they’ve done nothing of late to suggest that they are – they would be huddling in offices around the parts of the country they lost, devising a plan of action on how to move on without Hollywood spokespeople who will do nothing but remind voters of their association with Weinstein.

Distancing themselves from Hollywood and Weinstein could, in fact, ultimately be a gift to a decimated party flailing for a message beyond symbolic resistance. It could force Democrats to get back to the dirty work of organizing at a grassroots level and focusing on a message that appeals to that big useless chunk of land between Los Angeles and New York.

But just as it was apparently evident with Harvey Weinstein, the rest of Hollywood isn’t particularly good at taking “no” for answer. 

Stephen L. Miller has written for Heat Street and National Review Online. Follow him on Twitter at @redsteeze.


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Harvey Weinstein being investigated police in New York, London


Harvey Weinstein is being investigated by police in New York and Londn for alleged incidents of sexual assault.

In New York, police are looking into a 2004 incident, and the NYPD is are searching for anyone who may have been victimized by the movie exec, an NYPD spokesperson told Fox News on Thursday.

“Based on information referenced in published news reports the NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter,” stated J. Peter Donald, of the NYPD’s DCPI. “No filed complaints have been identified as of this time and as always, the NYPD encourages anyone who may have information pertaining to this matter to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.” 

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(L. to r.) Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie are among the many women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, and worse.


Meanwhile, London’s Metropolitan police force said it had received an allegation of sexual assault from the Merseyside force in northwest England.

Merseyside police says the allegation was made Wednesday and concerns “an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s.”

In recent days, women have been speaking out to accuse the former Miramax exec of sexual assault, rape and harassment.

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t….He’s a big guy. He overpowered me”

– Lucia Evans

Among the allegations is Lucia Evans, who claims she met Weinstein in New York in 2004 while she was a college student. She told the New Yorker she first encountered the mogul at the club Cipriani Upstairs and later went to a meeting at his office with the promise of being in one of his films.

Evans claims that Weinstein quickly became aggressive towards her, forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t….He’s a big guy. He overpowered me,” the 34 year old told the New Yorker.

“The NYPD is investigating an allegation of sex assault from 2004,” the NYPD told Fox News.

New York State does not have a statute of limitations against sex crimes.

The Hollywood Reporter claims Weinstein has retained criminal defense attorney Blair Berk. Berk has not return Fox News’ request for comment. 

Fox Reporter and FOX411 host Diana Falzone covers celebrity news and interviews some of today’s top celebrities and newsmakers.  You can follow her on Twitter @dianafalzone.


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