Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers: The Growing List of Women Alleging Sexual Assault & Harassment – Variety
The New Yorker published an expose on media mogul Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday that alleges the producer raped three women. The report follows an Oct. 5 New York Times investigation documenting three decades of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein.
Ronan Farrow spent 10 months interviewing 13 women who claim they were assaulted or harassed by Weinstein. The story contains on-the-record accounts from actresses who reported Weinstein forcibly received or performed sexual acts on women. More women, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie came forward on Tuesday to share their accounts with the New York Times.
Here are the women who have gone on the record with their stories:
Tomi-Ann Roberts (1984)
Roberts was a 20-year-old junior in college, waiting tables in New York, and hoping to start an acting career. One of her customers, Weinstein, urged her to audition for a movie. He sent her scripts and asked her to meet him where he was staying to discuss the film. When she got there, he was naked in the bathtub. He told her she would give a better audition if she were comfortable “getting naked in front of him,” as well, for the character she might play. Roberts left, telling Weinstein she was too prudish to go along.
Roseanna Arquette (early 1990s)
Arquette took a business meeting with Weinstein that escalated into being sexually propositioned. In The New Yorker article, Arquette said Weinstein opened the door of his hotel room wearing a white bathrobe. There, he tried to initiate a neck massage. “Then he grabbed my hand,” she said. He put it on her neck, and when she pulled away, he grabbed her hand again and pulled it toward his penis. “My heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight moment,” she said. She told Weinstein, “I will never do that.”
Ashley Judd (1990s)
Judd was among the first to go on record in the Times expose. In 2015, the actress shared her story with Variety, though she declined to name Weinstein. She was in her twenties when she was summoned to Weinstein’s hotel room under the pretenses of taking about roles in his movies. Instead, Weinstein asked her for a massage, and after she declined, he asked her to watch him shower. “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” she told the Times.
Louise Godbold (1990s)
Godbold, co-executive director of the non-profit Echo Parenting & Education in Los Angeles, penned a blog post where she described an encounter with Weinstein in the ’90s. She wrote she had taken and “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.” According to Godbold, Weinstein later contacted the friend who intriduced them to make sure Gobold wouldn’t “make a complaint about his behavior.”
Laura Madden (1991)
Madden, a former employee of Weinstein’s, said in starting in 1991, Weinstein would ask her to give him massages in hotel rooms. She said he was manipulative, and once even locked herself in his hotel bathroom while she was crying. She said, “You constantly question yourself — am I the one who is the problem?”
Katherine Kendall (1993)
During a meeting in 1993, Kendall said Weinstein gave her scripts and invited her to a screening, which turned out to be a solo trip with Weinstein. After, he asked if they could stop by his apartment to pick something up. Kendall said she was nervous, but he kept it professional. Then, he went to the bathroom, came back in a robe, and asked her to give him a massage, saying, “Everybody does it.” When she refused, she said “He literally chased me. He wouldn’t let me pass him to get to the door.” Weinstein asked if he would show her breasts, if nothing else, though she still refused.
Mira Sorvino (1995)
Sorvino, who won an Oscar for “Mighty Aphrodite” for Weinstein’s company Miramax, and said Weinstein “harassed her” and pressured her to have a sexual relationship while she acted in Miramax films. She claims Weinstein came by her apartment at night before making advances weeks before at the Toronto Film Festival in 1995. In Toronto, Sorvino said Weinstein “… started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around.”
Liza Campbell (1995)
The British artist and writer started working with the Weinstein Co. in 1995 as a freelance script writer after receiving a call from Weinstein. The two met in the 1980s after sharing a cab in London by chance. “He offered me freelance script-reading for Miramax, his company,” she said. “It sounded like a godsend. Soon I was sent the script of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ to summarize and critique, followed by ‘The Usual Suspects.’ And then the scripts stopped coming. I rang the Miramax offices, but nothing happened.” A few months later, Weinstein called and asked how work was going. When she explained, he invited her to his hotel room, where assistants left upon her arrival. They spoke for a few minutes before he went to the bathroom. “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. I could hear the thump of shoes being taken off and felt shocked that the meeting had turned sleazy.” Before she responded, he said, “Come on, it’ll be fun. We can drink champagne. You can soap me — whaddaya say?” She responded saying, “If you come back into this room with no clothes on I’m going to f—— lose my temper.” Campbell tried to leave but the doors were locked. She said it took her “days to calm down from the anger [she] felt and the crushing realization that there never was a job; only a hidden hook.”
Gwyneth Paltrow (1996)
One of Paltrow’s first big roles was on “Emma,” the 1996 adaption of Jane Austen’s novel. Before shooting, she told the New York Times, he met with her for what she thought was a work meeting at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. The interaction ended with Weinstein suggesting they head to his bedroom for massages. She refused his come-on, and confided in her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt. Pitt confronted Weinstein and warned Pitt not to tell anyone about his advances. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” said Paltrow, who was 22 at the time. “I thought he was going to fire me.”
Judith Godreche (1996)
Godreche didn’t know who Weinstein was when he invited her to breakfast at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. He just acquired her movie “Ridicule,” and he wanted to discuss it. They had breakfast with a female Miramax executive. When the executive left, Weinstein invited Godreche up to his suite to see the view and discuss the film’s marketing campaign. In his hotel room, he asked Godreche to give her a massage. When she said no, he told the French actress that casual massages were an American custom. “The next thing I know, he’s pressing against me and pulling off my sweater,” she recalled. She pulled away and left. Godreche later called the female Miramax executive, who told her not to say anything.
Rose McGowan (1997)
The initial Times bombshell revealed McGowan had reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an encounter in a hotel room during Sundance Film Festival in 1997.
Asia Argento (1997-1999)
Argento was 21 when she met Weinstein, whose company Miramax was distributing her film “B. Monkey.” The Italian actress said she entered a “consensual” relationship in fear that their rapport would worsen if she refused. She told Farrow about the first assault, where he began praising her work. He left the room, and then returned in a bathrobe, holding a bottle of lotion and asked for a massage. After she reluctantly agreed, he forced her legs apart, and performed oral sex on her as she repeatedly told him to stop. Weinstein “terrified me, and he was so big,” she said. “It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.” Argento said she stopped saying no and pretended to enjoy it in hopes that the assault would end. Her 2000 movie “Scarlet Diva” depicted a similar scene. She said many woman asked if the character was based on Weinstein. Weinstein say the movie and thought it was funny but was “sorry for whatever happened,” she said.
Angelina Jolie (1998)
Jolie said she was propositioned in a hotel room during the release of 1998’s “Playing by Heart.” Weinstein made sexual advances that Jolie 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,” Jolie said in an email to the Times. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Heather Graham (early 2000s)
Graham told Variety that in the early 2000s, she was indirectly propositioned by Weinstein. He called her into his office and said he wanted to put her in one of his movies. Later in the conversation, he mentioned an agreement he had with his wife where he could sleep with whoever he wanted while he was out of town. While he never explicitly mentioned she needed to sleep with him to star in his film, she said the subtext was there. She later canceled a follow-up meeting they had scheduled, and was never hired for one of his movies. “My hope is that this moment starts a dialogue on redefining sexual harassment in the workplace and empowers women to speak out when they feel uncomfortable in a situation,” she wrote.
Romola Garai (2000)
The British actress claimed Weinstein had her privately audition for him in a hotel room while he was wearing a bathrobe. “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 she said. “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.”
Dawn Dunning (2003)
Dunning met Weinstein in 2003 when she was waitressing in a nightclub. She said Weinstein was friendly, professional, and supportive. He offered her to a screen test at Miramax, invited her to lunch and dinner to talk about her films, and gave her and her boyfriend tickets to see “The Proudcers” on Broadway. Then, his assistant invited her to a meal with Weinstein at his hotel in Manhattan. She was told Weinstein was running late, so she should head up to his suite. When she arrived, he was in a bathrobe, behind a coffee table covered with papers. He told her they were contracts for his next three films, but she could only sign them if she would have three-way sex with him. Dunning said when she laughed and assumed he was joking, he told her, “You’ll never make it in this business. This is how the business works.”
Lucia Evans (2004)
Evans was intending to meet with a female executive the summer before her senior year of college, but the meeting turned out to be with Weinstein alone, she told Farrow. During the meeting, he told her she could be good on “Project Runway” if she lost weight. “At that point, after that, is when he assaulted me,” Evans recalled. “He forced me to perform oral sex on him.” She tried to resist but was overpowered. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him,” she said. “He’s a big guy. He overpowered me.” She added, “I just sort of gave up. That’s the most horrible part of it, and that’s why he’s been able to do this for so long to so many women: people give up, and then they feel like it’s their fault.”
Lauren Sivan (2007)
Weinstein trapped the journalist in the hallway of a restaurant that was closed to the public. He tried to kiss her, which she rejected. “That’s when he blocked the entrance,” she said, “And said, ‘Just stand there and be quiet.’” Weinstein then masturbated in front of her until he ejaculated. “I could not believe what I was witnessing. It was disgusting and kind of pathetic, really,” she said. “But more than the disgusting act itself, which of course was gross, the demeaning part of it all — that just 20 minutes earlier, he was having this great conversation with me, and I felt so great and flattered by it.”
Emma de Caunes (2010)
At Cannes Film Festival, Weinstein told the French actress she would be perfect for an adaptation of a book he had in his hotel room. As she recounted to Farrow, she received a phone call, and Weinstein went into the bathroom. “When I hung up the phone, I heard the shower go on in the bathroom,” she said. “I was, like, What the f—, is he taking a shower?” He walked out naked and she asked, “What are you doing?” Weinstein demanded that she lie on the bed and told her that many other women had done the same. She left “petrified,” and said Weinstein insisted nothing happened and showered her with gifts.
Jessica Barth (2011)
Barth also met with Weinstein in his hotel room for what she thought was a business meeting. Instead, the meeting “alternat[ed] between offering to cast her in a film and demanding a naked massage in bed.” When she tried to leave, he told her she needed to lose weight to “compete with Mila Kunis.” He then promised her a meeting with one of his female executives. “He gave me her number, and I walked out and I started bawling,” she said.
Emily Nestor (2014)
Nestor, an assistant at Weinstein Co., was cited in the New York Times article. She said she was warned off the bat that she was Weinstein’s “type.” Weinstein asked her to get drinks and offered to relocate her to the London office so she could be his girlfriend. The two got coffee, which Nestor said was “the most excruciating and uncomfortable hour of my life.” She said she was left feeling embarrassed and shaken.
Ambra Battilana Gutierrez (2015)
Gutierrez filed sexual assault charges in 2015 after Weinstein grabbed her breast during one of their meetings. The charges were dropped by NYPD, but initially, Gutierrez worked with the police to try and catch Weinstein confessing to the crime on tape the next day. After boasting actresses whose career he helped and offering to get Gutierrez a dialect coach, he pressured her to shower with him. She repeatedly says no. During the recording, she asked him why he groped her breasts the day before. Weinstein responded saying, “Oh, please, I’m sorry, just come on in. I’m used to that. Come on. Please.”
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