From Gwyneth Paltrow to Lea Seydoux, women speak about the time Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted them
The New Yorker reported on Tuesday that 13 women have claimed that movie producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, including three who told the magazine they had been raped.
Weinstein’s spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister was quoted in the article saying, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
Weinstein and the women for whom contact information was available did not reply to Reuters requests for comment. Reuters was unable to independently confirm any of the claims.
“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,” Hofmeister was quoted as saying.
Weinstein’s wife of 10 years, Marchesa label fashion designer Georgina Chapman, said late on Tuesday that she was leaving him, according to a report in People magazine.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband,” Chapman was quoted as saying.
The New York City Police Department and Manhattan District Attorney’s office said in separate statements on Tuesday that Weinstein was investigated in 2015 over an allegation that he sexually abused one of the women, who was named in the article. The district attorney’s office said there was insufficient evidence to charge him.
Separately, the New York Times reported on Tuesday that actress Gwyneth Paltrow said she was sexually harassed by Weinstein more than 20 years ago and that Angelina Jolie said she “had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth and as a result chose never to work with him again.”
On Wednesday, model and actress Cara Delevingne joined a slew of other well-known women to accuse Weinstein, 65, of sexual harassment. In an Instagram post, the 25-year-old said the filmmaker propositioned her and attempted to kiss her after a meeting about an upcoming film.
She captioned the image –
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.
French actress Lea Seydoux also alleged that Weinstein tried to sexually assault her.
The James Bond star told Guardian that the producer ‘suddenly jumped’ on her and tried to kiss her. “I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. He tried more than once. I pushed him physically. I think he respected me because I resisted him,” said the actress.
The New Yorker reported that Italian actress Ambra Battilana Gutierrez went to police in 2015 claiming that Weinstein had sexually assaulted her. She was asked by police to arrange another meeting with Weinstein during which she would wear a recording device, the New Yorker reported.
Manhattan Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman- Agnifilo said on Tuesday, referring to the wire, “While the recording is horrifying to listen to, what emerged from the audio was insufficient to prove a crime under New York law.”
The New York Times published an article last week in which it was alleged that Weinstein had sexually harassed several women over 30 years. After a statement in which Weinstein apologised for his behaviour, his attorney Charles J. Harder said the newspaper’s story was defamatory because it relied on “mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report.”
Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood who produced and distributed movies like Shakespeare in Love and Chicago, was fired over the weekend from his job as co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.
The Democratic National Committee and several Democratic politicians who received political contributions from Weinstein said they would reroute the money to women’s rights groups.
On Tuesday, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she was “shocked and appalled” at the reports about Weinstein. She did not mention any contribution but said “the behaviour described … cannot be tolerated.”
List of other women who came forward –
Liza Campbell – A writer and artist
Lauren Sivan – Former Fox News host
Rose McGowan – Actress. She reached a settlement with Weinstein in 1997
Dawn Dunning – Costume Designer
Romola Garai – Actress
Emma de Caunes – Actress
Ashley Judd – Actress
Katherine Kendall – Actress
Zoe Brock – Model and writer
Rosanna Arquette – Actress
Mira Sorvino – Actress
Lucia Evans – Actress
Asia Argento – Actress