Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein stands accused of serial sexual assault. The scandal broke in a New York Times report on October 5th , and a growing number of women have come forth to reveal their experiences since.
Gwyneth Paltrow accused Weinstein of harassing her when she starred in Emma at the age of 22.
“Before shooting began, he summoned her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting that began uneventfully,” the article reads. “It ended with Mr Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages, she said.”
Lupita Nyong’o wrote an article for The New York Times revealing some of her earliest encounter with Weinstein.
“Harvey led me into a bedroom – his bedroom – and announced that he wanted to give me a massage. I thought he was joking at first. He was not,” she wrote. “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 once had a meeting with him, in which Weinstein had invited her to his hotel room.
“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.”
Ashley Judd is the first woman mentioned in the initial New York Times piece on Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment history.
She recalled what was supposed to be a professional business meeting that happened in Weinstein’s hotel room, during which he wore only a bathrobe. She said Weinstein asked her to give him a massage or watch him shower and that during this experience, she was thinking, “How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?”
Named as the one of the accusers in last week’s New York Times report which chronicled nearly three decades of misconduct claims against the producer, Rose McGowan has continued to speak out about the allegations this week.
According to the article, McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997. Writing on Twitter this week she gave more details about her claims, alleging that he had raped her and saying that she told a senior member of Amazon Studios about it.
The actress said she was first called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when she was 17. She was surprised to be sent to hotel room not a meeting room, where he greeted her 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.”
Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook, which was produced by Weinstein. The actress told the press that she had not been subjected to inappropriate behaviour while working with him.
“I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour,” she said in a statement to Variety. “I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.”
Meryl Streep, who collaborated with the film mogul on August: Osage County and The Iron Lady called the alleged sexual harassment “disgraceful,” “inexcusable,” and an “abuse of power,” and praised the women who had spoken against him.
She refuted suggestions that “everybody knew” about the reported misconduct, saying, “I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts.”
In her email to the publication, Jolie said that during the release of Playing by Heart in the late Nineties, Weinstein “made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room, which she rejected”.
“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,” she wrote. “This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Blake Lively said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she had not experienced misconduct from the producer herself, and also rejected the suggestion that everybody in the industry was aware.
“That was never my experience with Harvey in any way whatsoever, and I think that if people heard these stories… I do believe in humanity enough to think that this wouldn’t have just continued,” she said. “I never heard any stories like this – I never heard anything specific – but it’s devastating to hear.”
Winslet won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Reader in 2009, which was produced by The Weinstein Company.
In her statement to Variety, Kate said “The way Harvey Weinstein has treated these vulnerable, talented young women is not the way women should ever ever deem to be acceptable or commonplace in any workplace… His behaviour is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong. I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumours, maybe we have all been naïve. And it makes me so angry. There must be no tolerance of this degrading, vile treatment of women in any workplace anywhere in the world.”
The Oscar-awarded actress expressed “respect” for “the brave women who have [spoken] up” and “are hopefully opening a new chapter,” in an Instagram post.
“This is the time to unfold and deconstruct a horrifying system. This is the time we, women AND men, denounce it loud so that we create a profound change and those terrifying things never happen again.”
According to the report in the New York Times, Weinstein invited Nestor to his hotel room in 2014 after she had worked for his company for just one day, telling her that if she accepted his offer of sex, he would boost her career.
Nestor recalled: “he said, ‘You know, we could have a lot of fun. I could put you in my London office, and you could work there and you could be my girlfriend.'” She declined.
In an essay for The Atlantic, Marling said she was asked to meet Weinstein in a hotel bar and describes “thinking that perhaps my entire life was about to change for the better.”
“I, too, was asked if I wanted a massage, champagne, strawberries,” she wrote. “I, too, sat in that chair paralyzed by mounting fear when he suggested we shower together. What could I do? How not to offend this man, this gatekeeper, who could anoint or destroy me?”she managed to get out of the room and said that she “later sat in [her] hotel room alone and wept.”
Model and actress Zoe Brock says she was brought back to Weinstein’s hotel room under false pretences in the south of France in 1997.
He emerged naked from another part of the suite and asked for a massage, she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“I did not want to do that and he asked if he could give me a massage… I didn’t know what to do and I felt that letting him maybe touch me a little bit might placate him enough to get me out of there somehow.”