More and more women are saying thatÂ movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them.
The New Yorkerâs Ronan Farrow on TuesdayÂ published the result of a 10-month investigation that included several women going on the record to allege that Weinstein, a Hollywood power player who could make or break careers, made unwanted advances and, in some cases, raped them. Soon after, the New York Times published stories of harassment from megastars Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.
These stories follow theÂ first Times bombshell report from Thursday detailing accounts of the movie mogul sexually assaulting actresses and employees.Â In response to that story, Weinstein issuedÂ a bizarre statementÂ citing his coming ofÂ âage in the 60âs and 70âsâ when workplace culture differed, apologizing for behavior that has caused colleagues âa lot of pain,â and declaring he would battle the National Rifle Association. One of his lawyers also threatened to sue the Times.
On Sunday,Â the movie studio Weinstein co-founded firedÂ the mogul, and Hollywood stars have begun issuing statements since his downfall.
Weinstein âunequivocally deniedâ any allegations of nonconsensualÂ sex, and âthere were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances,â spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said in a statement to the New Yorker. âMr. Weinstein obviously canât 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.â
Farrow wrote, âI was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, allegations that corroborate and overlap with the Timesâs revelations, and also include far more serious claims.â The publication also posted an exchange captured on audio, recovered from a 2015 New York police sting operation, in which Weinstein admits to modelÂ Ambra Battilana Gutierrez that he groped her as he tries to get her to come into his hotel room. âOh, please, Iâm sorry, just come on in. Iâm used to that,â he said. âCome on. Please.â (Gutierrez told the New Yorker that she was unable to discuss the incident.)
More than a dozenÂ women have gone on the record to make accusations (in addition to others who spoke on the condition of anonymity). Here are some of their accounts:
Paltrow would become known as âthe first lady of Miramax,â Weinsteinâs company at the time, and played the lead in âShakespeare In Love,â which won the 1999 Oscar for best picture, a major upset for Weinstein.
But before then, Weinstein hired a 22-year-old Paltrow to star in âEmma,â which would propel her career. Before shooting, he had her come to his Peninsula hotel room for a work meeting that ended with him putting his hands on her and suggesting massages in the bedroom, Paltrow told the New York Times.
âI was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,â she said. After refusing, she told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein.Â Weinstein then threatened her not to tell anyone else, she said. âI thought he was going to fire me,â she said.
âHe screamed at me for a long time,â she said. âIt was brutal.
The actress said that in the late 1990s, Weinstein made unwanted advances on her during the release of âPlaying by Heart.â
âI 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,â Jolie said in an email to the Times. âThis behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.â
The 25-year-old model and actress wrote on Instagram Wednesday about her own encounter with Weinstein, along with the message, âDonât be ashamed of your story. It will inspired others.â
She said Weinstein called her when she first began acting and asked about her sexual history with women she had been seen with, âa very odd and uncomfortable call.â She tried to quickly end the call, âbut before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that Iâd never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood.â
A year or two later, she attended a meetingÂ in a hotel lobby with Weinstein and a director to discussÂ an upcoming film.Â Once the director left, Weinstein âbegan 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.â She declined his invitation to his room, but his assistant told the actress her car wouldnât arrive for some time âand I should go to his room.â
âAt that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didnât want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation,â she wrote. âWhen 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.â
Delevingne tried to get out of the situation by asking if the movie mogul knew she could sing, and she broke out into song and then said she had to leave. âHe 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,â Delevingne wrote. âI 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 didnât deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out.â
The French actress wrote an essay for the Guardian on Wednesday detailing her run-ins with Weinstein â including one time when he tried to force himself on her.
Seydoux wrote the two met at a fashion show, and he insisted on meeting for drinks that evening to talk shop, while she suspected he had other intentions. She met him in his hotelâs lobby, along with a female assistant of Harveyâs. âAll throughout the evening, he flirted and stared at me as if I was a piece of meat,â she wrote. âHe acted as if he were considering me for a role.â She continued:
He invited me to come to his hotel room for a drink. We went up together. It was hard to say no because heâs so powerful. All the girls are scared of him. Soon, his assistant left and it was just the two of us. Thatâs the moment where he started losing control.
We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself. Heâs big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasnât afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along.
The actress went on to recount other times she has seen Weinstein, including dinners here heâs âbragged openly about Hollywood actresses he has had sex with.â Another time, in London at the BAFTAs, she saw him hitting on a young woman. And at another event, âI saw him trying to convince a young woman to sleep with him. Everyone could see what he was doing.â
During the filming of 1997âs âKiss the Girls,â the actress met Weinstein at a Beverly Hills hotel for breakfast, only to find the meeting would be in his suite. Weinstein asked for a massage, a shoulder rub and for her to watch him shower, Judd told the Times.
âI said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,â Judd said. âIt was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.â She said she felt âpanicky, trappedâ and tried to get out by joking that if he wanted to touch her, sheâd have to first win an Oscar for one of his movies.
She remembered thinking: âHow do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?â
Arquette told the New Yorker that in the early 1990s she went to meet Weinstein for dinner at the Beverly Hill Hotel to pick up a script. When she arrived at his room, she said, he opened the door in a bathrobe, said his neck hurt, grabbed her hand and put it on his neck. When she yanked away, he took her hand again and pulled it to his exposed penis.
âMy heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight moment,â she told the New Yorker. âI will never do that,â she recalled telling the movie mogul, who then threatened her career and named another actress whose career suffered for refusing his advances.
âRosanna, youâre making a big mistake,â Weinstein said, Arquette told the New York Times.
Arquette told the New Yorker that her career suffered. âHe made things very difficult for me for years.â
Barth, who plays Tami-Lynn McCafferty in Seth MacFarlaneâs âTedâ movies, met Weinstein at a 2011 Golden Globes party, and he invited her to a business meeting, she said. When she arrived at the Peninsula Hotel, he told her by phone to come to his room to âtalk career stuff.â Barth said Weinstein had ordered champagne and sushi, offered to cast her in a film and demanded a naked massage. When she refused, he grew angry and said she needed to lose weight âto compete with Mila Kunis.â
Sorvino won an Oscar for her role in âMighty Aphrodite,â which was released by Miramax. She told the New Yorker that in 1995, she was promoting the film in Toronto when she ended up in a hotel room with Weinstein. âHe started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,â sheÂ said.
Weeks later, she said, he called her late at night, saying he had marketing ideas, and showed up at her apartment. Fearful, she had called a male friend to come over, and although he hadnât arrived, she told Weinstein that her new boyfriend was on his way over. Dejected, Weinstein left, she said.
When she toldÂ a female Miramax employee, the reaction âwas shock and horror that I had mentioned it,â the actress said.
In 2014, Weinstein asked the 25-year-old, a temporary front-desk assistant at the Weinstein Co., to meet for drinks, and instead she suggested an early-morning coffee, as she recalled to the New Yorker. He told her to come to his Beverly Hills hotel, and she âdressed very frumpyâ after hearing of his reputation.
For an hour, he offered career advice, then bragged about his sexual encounters with famous actresses, she recalled. âHe said, âYou know, we could have a lot of fun.â¦ I could put you in my London office, and you could work there and you could be my girlfriend.âÂ â He also asked to hold her hand, and she said no to both requests.
According to Nestor, Weinstein said, âOh, the girls always say âno.â You know, âNo, no.â And then they have a beer or two and then theyâre throwing themselves at me.â She described it as âa pretty clear case of sexual harassment when your superior, the C.E.O., asks one of their inferiors, a temp, to have sex with them, essentially in exchange for mentorship.â
Argento,Â an Italian film actress and director, told the New Yorker that as a 21-year-old in 1997, she went to a French hotel on the pretext of attending a Miramax party, only to find Weinstein alone in a room. She alleged that he changed into a bathrobe, appeared with a bottle of lotion and asked for a massage. She reluctantly gave him one, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her, she said.
She said the Miramax co-founder âterrified me, and he was so big.â¦ It wouldnât stop. It was a nightmare.â Farrow wroteÂ that âat some point, Argento said, she stopped saying no and feigned enjoyment, because she thought it was the only way the assault would end. âI was not willing,â she told me. âI said, âNo, no, no.âÂ â
Over the years,Â ArgentoÂ did submit to his advances, feeling âobliged,â and had consensual relations with him, saying she knew this would be used to undermine the credibilityÂ of her allegation.
Evans, a former aspiring actress, met Weinstein before her senior year in college. Knowing the rumors about his behavior, she agreed only to meet a casting executive for a reading during the day. But when she arrived at Miramax, she was taken to an office with just Weinstein, where he both complimented and demeaned her.
According to her account to the New Yorker, Weinstein saidÂ sheâd âbe great in âProject RunwayâÂ â if she lost weight, and told her about two other potential scriptsÂ for her. Then, Evans said, he forced her to perform oral sex on him.
âI said, over and over, âI donât want to do this, stop, donât,â â she said. âI tried to get away, but maybe I didnât try hard enough. I didnât want to kick him or fight him.â¦ Heâs a big guy. He overpowered me.â At a certain point, she said, âI just sort of gave up. Thatâs the most horrible part of it, and thatâs why heâs been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like itâs their fault.â
Evans told the New Yorker that her encounter with Weinstein deeply affected her: Her schoolwork and relationships suffered, she had an eating problem for years, and friends told her to see a therapist âbecause they thought I was going to kill myself.â
Madden, aÂ former Weinstein employee, told the Times that Weinstein began in 1991 to prod her for massages in Dublin and London hotels.Â She said that he made any rejection seem abnormal. âIt was so manipulative,â she said. âYou constantly question yourself â am I the one who is the problem?â
Emma de Caunes
The French actress, in her early 30s at the time, met Weinstein for lunch in 2010 at a Paris hotel. According to her account in the New Yorker, when she had to leave for a TV hosting gig, he insisted that she accompany him to his room to get aÂ book that was being adapted to a movie. He then disappeared into the bathroom as she took a call from a colleague, she said.
âWhen I hung up the phone, I heard the shower go on in the bathroom,â she said. âI was, like, What the fâ, is he taking a shower?âÂ He then came out, naked, and when she asked, âWhat are you doing?â he told her to lie on his bed, as other women had done.
âI was very petrified,â de Caunes said. âBut I didnât want to show him that I was petrified, because I could feel that the more I was freaking out, the more he was excited.â The actress said Weinstein panicked as she left.
TheÂ former aspiring actress is now a psychology professor at Colorado College.Â When sheÂ was just a 20-year-old student waiting tables in 1984, Weinstein, a customer, offered to help her acting career. When she showed up at a meeting in his hotel room to discuss a role, he was naked in the bathtub and said that because her character might play a topless scene, itâd be better for her to get ânaked in front of him too,â Roberts told the Times.
She told the Times that she apologized while leaving and that he manipulated her by pretending to actually be interested in her possible acting abilities.Â âI was nobody! How had I ever thought otherwise?â she asked.
In 1996, the 24-year-old French actress starred in âRidicule,â which opened the Cannes Film Festival. Weinstein had just acquired the movie and, along with a female Miramax executive, the three had breakfast at a hotel in France. Then the other executive left and Weinstein invited GodrÃ¨che to his room to see the view and discuss her movieâs marketing, she told the Times.
While in the room, Weinstein asked to give her a massage (saying it was an American custom) and âthe next thing I know, heâs pressing against me and pulling off my sweater,â she said. She left, and when she later alerted the female executive, she was told, âThis is Miramax. You canât say anything.â
Kendall told the Times that in 1993, when she was a 23-year-old actress, she attended aÂ daytime screening with Weinstein. Afterward, heÂ asked her to stop by his apartment to pick something up, and for about an hour the conversation was professional.
Then he returned from the bathroom in a robe and asked for a massage, saying, âEverybody does it.â She refused, and he disrobed.
âHe literally chased me,â she told the outlet. âHe wouldnât let me pass him to get to the door.â She added: âI just thought to myself: I canât believe youâre doing this to me.Â Iâm so offended â we just had a meeting.â
In 2003, the 24-year-old Dunning met Weinstein at the nightclub where she waitressed. The executive gave her a Miramax screen test and behaved professionally, she told the Times.
One time, upon arriving at aÂ ManhattanÂ hotel for a meal with Weinstein, she was told that his earlier meeting had run late and was instructed to go to his suite, where he was in a bathrobe. He said that he had contracts for her to appear in his next three films and that she could only sign them if she agreed to have three-way sex with him. Thinking it a joke, she laughed, and he got angry.
âYouâll never make it in this business,â she recounted him saying. âThis is how the business works.â
She left and soon quit acting to become a costume designer.
Geiss released a statementÂ during a Tuesday news conference. The actress and screenwriter said while at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Weinstein invited her to the premiere of his movie, âWhere in the World is Osama Bin Laden?â then asked her about her latest projects.
The restaurant where they had a subsequent meeting was closing, so Weinstein offered to continue in the office next to his suite. Geiss said she hesitated, knowing the rumors about his behavior, so she pointed to a hotel security camera. She said, âI will take this meeting with you if you promise not to touch me, and I made him shake my hand in front of the camera.â
After a âgreat conversationâ about her film, he went to the bathroom, returned in an open robe, exposing himself, and said he was taking a bath but she should keep pitching. She recalled that when she finished, he told her that âhe could greenlight my script but I had to watch him masturbate.â Geiss left the room, and the entertainment industry the following year.
The British actress said she was 18 years old when Weinstein required that she audition in his hotel room while he was wearing a robe.
âLike every other woman in the industry, Iâve had an âauditionâ with Harvey Weinstein, where Iâd actually already had the audition but you had to be personally approved by him,â Garai told the Guardian. âSo 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.â
In an essay published by Variety, the actress wrote that in the early 2000s, Weinstein called her into his office, where he had a stack of scriptsÂ on his desk. She recalled that he said âI want to put you in one of my movies,â and he âoffered to let me choose which one I liked best.âÂ He then later mentioned an agreement with his wife that he would sleep with other people while he was out of town.
âI 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,â she wrote. Later, he asked to meet at a hotel, so Graham planned to bring an actress friend with her.Â The friend canceled.
âHarvey told me that my actress friend was already at his hotel and that both of them would be very disappointed if I didnât show. I knew he was lying, so I politely and apologetically reiterated that I could no longer come by,â Graham wrote. âThat was the end of that encounter â I was never hired for one of his films, and I didnât speak up about my experience. It wasnât until Ashley Judd heroically shared her story a few days ago that I felt ashamed. If I had spoken up a decade ago, would I have saved countless women from the same experience I had or worse?â
This story has been updated.